Everyone asked to follow new provincial health officer orders, self-isolate properly and wear masks
The mayor of Whistler is imploring the community to follow new provincial health officer orders issued Saturday, November 7, and in effect until noon on Monday, November 23, and to be vigilant in taking measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Not only are we at serious risk of spreading COVID-19 to our most vulnerable community members and overwhelming our health care services- our winter season could be in jeopardy,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “We all need to follow these new provincial health officer orders and carefully follow all measures that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means that there are no more social gatherings with people outside of your immediate household. In addition, please follow measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. When you go out, practice physical distancing and wear a mask. If you have been told to self-isolate you must go home and stay home and not have any contact with others for the full 14 days. The provincial government has been clear, if we do not slow the spread of COVID-19, we could return to Phase 1. This would seriously jeopardize our community’s survival and ability to ski and ride this season.”
In Whistler, the new orders mean:
- No social gatherings of any size with anyone outside of your household. Do not invite friends or family outside your household to your home. No gatherings outdoors or at restaurants with anyone outside of your household.
- Indoor fitness classes at Meadow Park Sports Centre have been suspended until November 23. Select group fitness classes have been transitioned to take place via Zoom. Details can be found at whistler.ca/recreation. Any participant that was registered for a class that has been canceled due to the new health orders will be contacted and credited accordingly.
- Squash and basketball court use by the public along with any pool and arena rentals are limited to use in a “skills and drills” format to ensure that all users can maintain physical distancing while participating in the related activity.
- Meadow Park Sports Centre (MPSC) remains open by appointment only. Patrons can book a time up to 72 hours ahead for fitness centre use, lane swimming, family swim and public skating. A link to book online can be found at whistler.ca/recreation.
- Businesses are being asked to review their safety plans and conduct active health screening of all employees prior to entering the workplace.
- To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, B.C.’s public health officials have strongly recommended that everyone stay in their community and limit travel to essential trips only until November 23, 2020.
In Whistler, COVID-19 testing is available through the Sea to Sky Divisions of Family Practice. There is no cost for a COVID-19 test and B.C. MSP coverage is not required. Anyone concerned that they might require a COVID-19 test should first use the BC Centre for Disease Control’s self-assessment tool at www.bccdc.ca Information about how to get a COVID-19 test in Whistler can be found at https://whistlermedicalclinic.com/covid/
It is critically important that anyone who has been told to self-isolate do so properly. This means that you do not leave your home or have contact with anyone outside of your household for 14 days, even if you have had a negative COVID-19 test. If you share a home with non-family members and are asked to self-isolate, please stay in your room, wear a mask in common spaces and disinfect any surfaces you touch. More specific information about how to self-isolate can be found at www.bccdc.ca
For Remembrance Day in Whistler, everyone is being asked to remember online this year. Please do not gather at the Cenotaph in Olympic Plaza. The ceremony will be streamed online and can be viewed at www.whistler.ca/RemembranceDay
“COVID-19 is circulating in our community and we have to move quickly to help stop the spread,” said Crompton. “Now is the time to do everything we can to put the brakes on COVID-19. Our community depends on it.”