COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and will take appropriate precautions as necessary.
The CVRD is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control. Our focus is on maintaining essential service levels and following the advice of public health officials.
Program Changes and Service Interruptions
Effective end of day Tuesday, March 17, the CVRD is closing its administrative offices at 175 Ingram Street. This action is being taken in coordination with the CVRD member municipalities of Ladysmith, Duncan, North Cowichan and Lake Cowichan, each of which is also closing its administrative offices to the public.
On March 19, the CVRD further curtailed non-essential services. Please review the information here regarding how this might impact you and the steps the CVRD is taking to continue to serve our communities during this time.
Additionally, the following facilities will be closed until further notice:
- Cowichan Community Centre
- Kerry Park Recreation Centre
- Shawnigan Lake Community Centre
- Cowichan Lake Sports Arena
- Honeymoon Bay Community Hall
- Mesachie Lake Hall
- Youbou Community Hall
- Saltair Community Centre
- All washroom facilities in CVRD parks
Recreation program and facility rental refunds are being processed. If paid by credit card, refunds will be issued by credit card with all other original payment forms being refunded by cheque.
Licensed childcare at Elsie Miles School in Shawnigan Lake, and at the Saltair Community Centre, will close effective Wednesday, March 18. Canada Post offices at the Honeymoon Bay Community Hall and Mesachie Lake Hall will remain open until further notice.
Sport courts, tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, picnic shelters, playgrounds, washrooms and other park facilities at all CVRD parks are closed to the public to protect the public and limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Parks and trails remain open at this time.
What you can do:
At this time, public health officials recommend the same precautions you would use to prevent the common cold or flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water,
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing,
- Avoid others who are unwell
- Please stay home when you are sick
- Call 1.888.COVID19 to speak with public health staff if you are experiencing symptoms
What the CVRD is doing:
- Following updates from the Provincial Health Officer and the Public Health Agency of Canada and adopting recommended measures
- Closing recreation facilities and community centres effective Tuesday, March 17
- Closing 175 Ingram Street office, effective end of day Tuesday, March 17 until further notice
- Stepping up cleaning protocols at all CVRD facilities and buildings that remain open
- Recommending that all staff follow proper hand washing protocols
- Encouraging staff to stay home if they feel ill
- Encouraging the practice of social distancing, which includes the following: avoiding physical contact by not handshaking or hugging, using proper respiratory etiquette (covering mouth if coughing or sneezing)
Please visit our Reference Guide for the most up-to-date information.