MEDIA RELEASECity of Williams LakeFor Immediate Release
August 20, 2021
Updated Provincial Health Order – New Restrictions Effective August 21st
The provincial health order previously implemented in the Central Okanagan at the beginning of summer has now been expanded to include the entire Interior Health region, effective midnight August 20, 2021. The City of Williams Lake urges everyone to continue to follow best health practices as we continue to navigate the pandemic, including staying home if you feel unwell or have symptoms; limiting social interactions to household/core bubble members only; physical distancing; wearing a mask; and diligent sanitizing and hand washing.
Under the order, until further notice, indoor personal gatherings will be limited to one other household, or five guests, and indoor and outdoor gatherings will have a 50 person limit and must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place. More information can be found on the Province’s website at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions.
The following are included under the updated order:
• Indoor and outdoor dining is allowed at restaurants for groups up to six people and liquor service must stop at 10 p.m.
• Casinos may remain open with a COVID-19 safety plan in place
• Nightclubs and bars are ordered to close (only those establishments with a full meal service may stay open)
• Sports and exercise:
• Indoor low-intensity group exercise is permitted with reduced capacity
• Indoor high-intensity group exercise is not permitted during this time
• Gatherings in vacation rentals (including houseboats) are limited to five guests, plus the occupants
• Outdoor personal gatherings (e.g., birthday parties, backyard BBQs, block parties) are limited to no more than 50 people, and indoor personal gatherings are limited to five guests or one other household
• Indoor organized gatherings and outdoor organized gatherings (e.g., weddings, funerals, seated events) are limited to no more than 50 people with a COVID-19 safety plan in place
• Non-essential travel to and from the region should be avoided
• Masks remain mandatory for all people age 12 and older in indoor public areas
At this time, City facilities remain open, with restrictions in place. City Hall continues normal operations with face covering, physical distancing, and sanitization procedures ongoing. However, the City requests that individuals consider visiting City Hall only if absolutely necessary, or if requested by a staff member. City Hall has a drop box at the front of the building for payments and correspondence. Please visit the City’s website at www.williamslake.ca for a staff directory.
The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex is cancelling all high intensity group fitness classes until further notice. City staff will contact all individuals who pre-registered for high-intensity indoor adult group fitness programs and a full refund will be provided. Please call the Complex at 250.398.7665 for more information.
The following approved recreation and fitness activities will continue:
• Low intensity group fitness classes (to a maximum of 10 registrants)
• Public swim and public skate (approved individual/family bubble activities);
• Indoor individual workouts, and workouts with a personal trainer;
• Youth programming (21 and under), both indoor and outdoor; and
• Outdoor fitness, both low intensity and high intensity.
As the COVID-19 situation in British Columbia is continually evolving, the City will adapt its response and level of service to meet the requirements of both Interior Health and the Province.
The City will update its residents as soon as any developments occur. For up-to-date information regarding the local response to the COVID-19 situation, with relevant links to current information, visit www.williamslake.ca/COVID-19.
Media Contact:Kim Dressler, Executive Assistantkdressler@williamslake.caPhone: 250.392.1775City Hall: 250.392.2311