The City of Merritt takes COVID-19 seriously and is following the direction of the Provincial Health Ministry. Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees. As we strive to maintain the services that our citizens rely on, we encourage our employees, the public and visitors to take an abundance of caution in dealing with this virus so that we can curb the spread in our community.
November 19, 2020 – By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all individuals, places of work and businesses in BC, must significantly reduce social interactions and travel. Read more about BC’s Response to COVID-19.
Masks Required in all City Facilities
October 30, 2020 – Non-medical masks or face coverings are required to be worn in all indoor City facilities. This includes City Hall, the Civic Centre and all recreation facilities. Individuals with medical exemptions and children under two (2) years of age are exempt.
A few exceptions are in place within recreation facilities when users arrive in their designated activity space. Masks are still required when entering facilities and moving through common spaces such as lobbies and hallways. All users are reminded to stay home if feeling unwell.
We encourage you to follow the same procedures as what is recommended during cold and flu season:
- maintaining social distancing and avoiding large groups
- washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- coughing or sneezing into your sleeve and not your hands
- staying home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others
- wearing a mask in indoor public spaces
As the COVID-19 situation and Provincial direction continue to evolve, the City of Merritt remains operational and continues to deliver services to the community with adaptable plans for the health, safety and well-being of the public and our employees. For more information about our COVID-19 response, visit merritt.ca/COVID-19plan.
Schedules for November 2020
City Hall, located at 2185 Voght Street, will be open to the public from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Appointments outside of hours open to the public may be arranged by contacting City Hall at 250-378-4224.
The City is leveraging technology to facilitate on-line meetings and transactions. Through the pandemic, the City has taken measures to move services online so that the public is able to do business with the City online at merritt.ca, whenever possible.
24 Hour Fire Rescue Service
24 Hour Policing Service
The Merritt RCMP is fully operational and continues to provide 24 hour policing services with COVID-19 precautionary measures. We encourage community members to call the RCMP detachment rather than visit in-person unless absolutely necessary. For more info contact the Merritt RCMP office at 250-378-4262.
On City of Merritt and Tourism Merritt social media channels, we are inviting visitors to #ExploreMerritt online and plan for their future trip once things return to normal.
Information on Ebus regarding their response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found at www.myebus.ca/news/our-response-coronavirus.
- BC’s Response to COVID-19
- BCCDC Information about COVID-19
- Symptoms of COVID-19
- BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Online
- Testing for COVID-19
- Health Canada
- Health Questions? Contact HealthLinkBC Online or by phone at 8-1-1 and for the deaf and hard of hearing, call 7-1-1
Support for Individuals, Families, Businesses and Other Organizations
- Benefits and services to help Canadians and businesses impacted as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.
- New dedicated toll-free number to support inquiries related to EI: 1-833-381-2725
- Provincial supports for individuals, families, businesses and organization.
- Merritt RCMP
- Thompson Nicola Regional District
- School District 58
- Interior Health Authority
- Merritt Regional Transit System
- Community Policing Crime Prevention Business Security Checklist
- Health Link BC
- BC Hydro – COVID-19 Updates
- Government of BC
- BC Parks Closures
- BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool
- BC COVID-19 Information for Unsheltered People
- BC State of Emergency Extended
- BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Updates
- BC Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 Harm Reduction and Overdose Response
- British Columbia Pandemic Provincial Coordination Plan
- Pandemic Preparedness
- Government of Canada
- How to Coronavirus-proof your Home
- Recommendations on protecting yourself and your community
- COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and planning materials from BC
- Guidance on mass gatherings from the World Health Organization
- Temporary foreign workers self-isolating
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities: COVID-19 Resources
- World Health Organization COVID-19 Situation Report
- Essential Services in B.C. during the COVID-19 pandemic – March 26, 2020
Links for Business
- WorkBC Merritt
- BCEDA #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide
- Small Business BC: Resources for Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus
- BC Chamber of Commerce
- Province of BC – Support and Information
- Western Economic Diversification Canada: COVID-19 and the Western Canadian Economy
- Support for commercial truck drivers during COVID-19 crisis
- Business Development Bank of Canada
- Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Government of Canada – Buy and Sell
- Government of Canada – Resources for Canadian Businesses
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
- Trade Commissioner
- Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
- Destination BC
- Destination Canada