Cranbrook, BC (April 3, 2020) – The City of Cranbrook through Bylaw Services continues to work closely with the Province to support the compliance and enforcement of a variety of orders put in place by the provincial health officer (PHO) around the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
New guidelines issued by the PHO under the Public Health Act, provides direction around warnings, public education and fines while providing clear terms around responsibilities to ensure both compliance with PHO orders and consistent enforcement throughout BC.
“We know many people have had to adjust their lifestyles throughout this crisis, and I thank everyone for all their efforts so far,” says Mayor Lee Pratt. “I ask that you continue to adhere to the recommendations of Public Health Officer. Please cooperate wherever you can and let’s get through this together.”
The types of enforcement assistance being provided includes monitoring areas and facilities closed to the public, while providing information, advice and warnings, if necessary, to members of the public and businesses not following PHO orders. Local staff can also provide information on reported public health order contraventions to the necessary health authorities for further action.
“The spirit of our role here is to provide an added layer of awareness and protection for our citizens by reinforcing the PHO’s message in-the-field to every person and every business but more importantly to those who think they may be exempt from these conditions,” says Tony Luce, Manager of Building & Bylaw Services. “Now, more than ever, we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and everyone around us by following the rules within these mandates to help combat this war against COVID-19. Everyone’s cooperation currently is extremely important.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic is being taken very seriously by the City,” says Ron Fraser, Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Cranbrook. “City forces are available to assist Interior Health with monitoring and education related to restrictions on activities, such as social distancing. The collective purpose of this is to help preserve the health and safety of Cranbrook residents.”
For more information about the compliance and enforcement guidance provided by the Province, visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/compliance_and_enforcement_guidance_march_31_2020.pdf.
For information around the impacts of COVID-19, links to City and regional news, City business details, online payment options, and key information and links to provincial and federal health bodies, visit https://cranbrook.ca/residents/covid-19-updates-information/.