May 27, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sechelt, BC – Following new health and safety guidelines and best practices from WorkSafe BC, the District of Sechelt is moving forward with its Phase 2 Plan for a gradual re-opening to the public on Monday June 1st.
On June 1st the municipal hall will open from 9am to 12pm with a reception kiosk set up outside the main entrance to accept property tax payments only. Property owners are encouraged to make payments through their bank or use the Sechelt Citizen Self Service portal at my.sechelt.ca. Homeowner grants and property tax deferments can also be done online. All links can be found at Sechelt.ca/taxes. The outdoor kiosk will be available only to drop off payments and may move indoors, depending on customer volume and other factors.
Most staff continue working from home and all other municipal hall business will continue by phone, email, mail and online meetings. In person meetings continue to be discouraged.
Currently District of Sechelt tennis courts, fields, the skate park, pump track and trails are open. Playgrounds will re-open on June 1st, along with all other playgrounds across the Sunshine Coast.
District rental facilities will re-open June 1st with new health and safety requirements. Renters of Seaside Centre, Rockwood Lodge or Mission Point House will be required to submit a safety plan at the time of booking. Furniture layouts have been modified to allow for increased physical distancing and shared equipment such as coffee makers and dishes have been removed. The number of bookings will be reduced each day to allow for facilities to be cleaned between each group.
Chief Administrative Officer Andrew Yeates emphasized the importance of safety on the District’s Phase 2 Plan, “It is essential that we eliminate all unnecessary risk to our staff and the public so we are strongly encouraging online payments. We are fortunate that the technology is available to allow us to operate online and mitigate these risks as much as possible.”
Mayor Darnelda Siegers stated, “The gradual approach for the District’s Phase 2 Plan will allow us to take small steps and make changes as needed. I have been so impressed with the productivity of staff through these challenging times and encourage everyone keep it up and hold the line.”
For general inquiries about municipal hall services and operations, please call 604-885-1986.