While Whistler Blackcomb closes for one week and as measures to respond to the COVID-19 virus take place across the globe, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) continues to monitor the situation closely and take direction from health authorities. We know that this was a very difficult decision for Vail Resorts and while this will have a significant impact, we are a resilient community that will continue to work together as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
The risk of COVID-19 in Whistler remains low according to Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) which is the lead agency on public health decision for Whistler. As a local government, we continue to look to VCH’s direction on our facilities and operations. We have received direction from Vancouver Coastal Health to keep our facilities open as it is important to continue to meet the community’s needs. A list of all our actions to date can be found at www.whistler.ca/COVID19
On Sunday at 8:00 a.m. the Resort Municipality of Whistler will be activating our Emergency Operations Centre to ensure that we are being as proactive as we can, to ensure we are able to provide continuing essential municipal services to the community while responding to new developments related to COVID-19.
These are uncertain times and I know that each new development can cause significant concern in our community. I cannot emphasize enough that the most important thing anyone can do right now is to follow the direction of our local, provincial and federal health authorities. If you feel concerned about any symptoms do not go to the Whistler Medical Centre- call 8-1-1 first. Self-isolate if you are returning from travel outside of Canada, stay home if you are sick with cold or flu symptoms, wash your hands and practice social distancing. The most important thing you can do to keep yourself and community healthy is to follow these steps.