Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page last updated: May 22, 2020  

The Public Health Agency of Canada is continually reassessing the pandemic as new information becomes available and residents are encouraged to stay up-to-date by regularly visiting the Federal and Provincial links on the left side of this page. 

Following the advice from the Ministry of Health and the BCCDC, residents are also reminded and encouraged to take the following steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people - maintain a 2 metre distance
  • cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands
  • self isolate for 14 days if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others 

To learn the difference between self-monitoring, self-isolating and isolation, please visit this Government of Canada Health Services page

To access social services on the Sunshine Coast and other supports of to find opportunities to volunteer contact with Sunshine Coast Community Task Force by visiting their website or calling 1-866-212-5025 M-F 10am - 2pm. This is a volunteer run organization responding to the emerging needs in our community. 

Print this poster for your home or workplace! (Download PDF here)

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Sechelt Municipal Facilities CLOSED

*In light of the announcement by the Provincial Government on May 6, 2020 we are making plans to re-open the municipal hall. We need to put careful and thoughtful plans in place to protect our staff and our citizens and we will not open until we are confident in everyone's safety. When a date has been set a public announcement will be made.

Municipal Hall - Open via email and telephone only* 
*Public access at the Municipal Hall is closed until further notice   

We will respond to phone calls and emails during regular hours, 8:30am - 4:30pm Mon - Fri
All non-essential meetings in the next week have been cancelled
Staff will be working from home, where possible.

  • Visitor Information Centre closed 
  • Public washrooms in parks open from 7am to 9pm (Kinnickinnick park washroom is closed)
  • All fields closed to large events  
  • Playgrounds are closed 
  • Sechelt Public Library - Closed
  • Council meetings will continue but will be accessible by watching on You Tube and submitting questions to councilmeetings@sechelt.ca 
  • Facilities (Rockwood Lodge, Mission Point House, Seaside Centre) - Closed
    • Future bookings can still be booked by emailing facilitybooking@sechelt.ca
    • Existing bookings can be cancelled without penalties: Any customers cancelling a booking for a District facility will receive full refunds regardless of the timing of the cancellation.

With waves of international news about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and its declaration from the World Health Organization Wednesday as a pandemic illness, the District of Sechelt is preparing for potential impact.  The municipality continues to monitor the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impacts on the community and is making some operational changes to manage the situation. The District is in regular contact with Health Emergency Management BC and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Service Updates

  • Municipal services will continue as usual.
  • Garbage pick up continues on regularly scheduled days. Download the Sechelt Citizen App (available at iTunes or Google Play) for updates. Waste Management requests that all household garbage be carefully bagged to limit exposure to employees. Please wear gloves or wash your hands after handling your waste bins to avoid 'shaking  hands' with your sanitation workers. 

Event Updates

Outdoor farmers market scheduled to open on Cowrie St. on Sat. in late April with approval from the BC Centre for Disease Control and Vancouver Coastal Health. 
Game of Floods (Seaside Centre, March 19) - Postponed - To be rescheduled at a later date

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Further updates on the situation with the District of Sechelt operations will be shared with the community will be posted to the District website and shared through news releases, the Sechelt Citizen App (available at iTunes or Google Play) and social media. For information on the pandemic, citizens are encouraged to visit the Vancouver Coastal Health or BC Center for Disease Control websites.