BC RESTART PLAN
On May 6, 2020 the Provincial Government announced the BC Restart Plan. This plan is comprised of four phases which provide next steps to move BC through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently in Phase 2 of the plan. Non-essential travel is not recommended during Phase 2, physical distancing and increased hygiene recommedations are in effect. Consult WorkSafe BC for the latest protocols that apply to sectors of business. Phase 3 is expected to start in June provided transmission rates remain low or decline. Hotels and resorts may be permitted to reopen during this phase.
UCLUELET COVID-19 RECOVERY PLAN
The District of Ucluelet continues to monitor information from our provincial and federal agencies pertaining to COVID-19. A timeline for businesses opening in Ucluelet depends on direction provided by Provincial and local health authorities. On May 12, 2020, Ucluelet Council endorsed the establishment of a Ucluelet COVID-19 Recovery Plan to provide our community with a path forward for reopening and to summarize economic, social, and municipal actions that are planned or underway. The latest version of the Plan can be found here: Ucluelet COVID-19 Response Plan.
The District is committed to taking important steps in reducing the spread of COVID-19. As part of the collective effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, municipal staff who can work from home have been directed to do so. This is part of an overall public health strategy to help safeguard the health of others, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities, by reducing the number of our employees in the workplace where possible while still maintaining operations.Information regarding municipal programs and services, as well as provincial health messages will be shared via facebook, Ukeemail and our website.
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Message from Mayor Noël
Together, we are facing a serious public health crisis. We need to listen and act on the direction of public health authorities about how to lessen the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19. All of us are now familiar with the advisory messages being shared daily. These must be taken very seriously. Simply put, by doing your part, you will help save lives. Read more…
Last Updated: May 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
COVID-19 Update #15
Outdoor Seating Areas for Local Restaurants, Cafes and Pubs
The District of Ucluelet is supporting our local businesses (restaurants and accommodations) as they gradually implement reopening plans over the coming weeks. On May 26, 2020 Council adopted a temporary streamlined development permit approval process for restaurants looking to expand their outdoor seating in response to physical distancing requirements. Restaurants interested in pursuing this option should contact the Planning department by June 1, 2020.
At this meeting Staff also introduced a plan to provide additional outdoor seating in public spaces like the Village Square. Next week, our Federal and Provincial parks will initiate reopening and BC Ferries resumes service from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo. Our staff are here to support our businesses with implementing additional outdoor seating as demand increases.
Property Taxes and Electronic Home Owner Grants
Property tax notices have been mailed out. In our efforts to promote physical distancing, the preferred methods of payment are through online banking, by mailing a cheque, or by putting a cheque in our drop box at the District’s office, located at 200 Main Street during regular business hours.
The District is also pleased to announce Home Owner Grants may now be claimed online by following the instructions located on the District of Ucluelet Finance webpage.
On May 27, 2020 Parks Canada announced that the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve will begin to gradually re-open. The following segments of the Pacific Rim National Park are anticipated to be reopened on June 4, 2020:
- Long Beach North
- Long Beach South
- Wickaninnish Beach
- Rainforest Trail A and B
- Shorepine Bog Trail
Visit the Pacific Rim National Park website for more information about the park and its reopening.
Please enjoy this fantastic park in a safe and responsible manner.
We encourage you to stay up to date by signing up for the District’s UkeeMail and by regularly visiting these Federal and Provincial links:
Thank you Ucluetians. Stay strong, be safe and be kind.
For more information please visit ucluelet.ca or contact the District of Ucluelet at 250-726-7744.
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What you can do
- Stay informed and follow the advice of your personal health care provider and governing bodies such as Public Health Agency of Canada regarding COVID-19.
- BC Ministry of Health has established BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool to help you better understand if you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19.
- Exercise protective measures like regular, proper hand washing and staying home if you can. This is important to personal health and helps safeguard the health of others, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities. For more information on practicing good hygiene visit the BC Centre for Disease Control (COVID-19)
- Practice social distancing. This means staying at least two metres apart from one another and avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings. Greet one another with a wave instead of a handshake or hug.
- Residents are encouraged to have two weeks of supplies ready in the event that they have to self-isolate
- Shop locally, and get your shopping done all at once, preferably once a week to minimize your visits to the grocery store and pharmacy.
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