Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

March 26, 2020

Council Update - March 26, 2020

Fire Chief Update - March 26, 2020

March 24, 2020

The District of Metchosin is continuing to take steps to ensure ongoing provisions of Municipal services as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Effective March 24, 2020 we are closing public access to the Municipal Hall but business functions and services will continue.  Please contact us by telephone at 250-474-3167 or email at info@metchosin.ca with questions or to arrange payment or collection of permits.

It is critical that we continue to be vigilant in protection ourselves and others.

  • Stick close to home: social distancing is how we will "flatten the curve" to protect ourselves and each other.
  • Wash your hands well and often.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your flexed elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.  Call your doctor or 8-1-1 for medical information (for non-medical questions call 1-888-COVID19).
  • Stay connected: pick up the phone and check in with family, friends and neighbours. 

BC Centre for Disease Control - COVID-19 Common Questions

List of COVID-19 Essential Services

March 17, 2020

Access to the District offices by appointment only to limit the spread of infection

The District of Metchosin is taking steps to ensure ongoing provision of Municipal services as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Access to the District will be limited to "by appointment early" beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Please give us a call - we're here to help!  Contact the District by phone at 250-474-3168 or email at info@metchosin.ca  

March 16, 2020

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reinforce public health recommendations to practice social distancing, the District has suspended all public meetings for the month of March. Please see http://www.metchosin.ca for the updated public meeting schedule.

The public is encouraged to contact the District by phone at 250-474-3167 or email info@metchosin.ca if you have a concern that can be dealt with without accessing the offices.  The District is fully prepared to continue the provisions of essential services, and we are taking steps to protect the health of our community and staff and prevent the spread of illness.

March 12, 2020

Although the risk to Canadians remains low, the District of Metchosin is actively monitoring the status of the COVID-19 situation and is taking appropriate precautions.  Council and Committee meetings continue to take place however, we are asking residents to please stay home and not attend meetings at the Municipal Hall if you are sick or feel unwell. 

Here are some key reminders from the World Health Organization:

  • Wash your hands frequently – Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for a minimum of 10-20 seconds.
  • Maintain social distancing – Maintain approximately 6 feet in distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.  Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.  From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene – make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene.  This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – Stay home if you feel unwell.  If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.  Follow directions of your local health authority.

In addition to the above steps and to be proactive in discouraging the spread of germs, the District is taking the following precautionary measures:

  • Additional hand sanitizing stations installed in the Municipal Hall
  • Arranging for more frequent cleaning of high touch points in the Municipal Hall
  • Recommending to staff proper hand washing protocols
  • Encouraging staff to regularly wipe down personal workstations

The Metchosin Fire Department and Emergency Program volunteers have COVID-19 response protocols and resources in place.  Responder activities have been modified to keep all crews safe and are prepared to support the community should the need arise.

If you have any concerns, questions or need information please contact the Fire Department or Emergency Program at 250-883-4472.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 1:15pm