COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

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.

Please note that Interior Health should remain your primary source of information in the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak. Please visit their website for the latest information.

Updates

Province-Wide Restrictions

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.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

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

City Business

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.

View the Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre (NVAC) updated COVID-19 Schedule.

Access the COVID-19 Recreation Guide and Facility Rentals page.

Activities at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena (NVMA).

Planning and Development Services Department – Appointments Available.

Merritt Public Works continues to serve the community the Yard remains closed to the public until further notice.

Online Services

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.

Fire Rescue & Policing

24 Hour Fire Rescue Service

The Merritt Fire Rescue Department is fully operational and continues to provide 24 hour fire services with COVID-19 precautionary measures. We encourage community members to call the Fire Department rather than visit in-person, unless absolutely necessary.  For more info contact the Merritt Fire Department at 250-378-5626.

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.

Tourism & Tourbuses

The City of Merritt is working with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and Destination British Columbia to ensure visitors “#ExploreBC.. later” as per provincial guidelines.

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.

Helpful Resources

COVID-19 Information

Support for Individuals, Families, Businesses and Other Organizations

Transportation

Related Links

Links for Business

Contact

Please contact your health care provider, local public health office or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 if you have concerns about your personal health situation.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a COVID-19 telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397.
For more information on COVID-19 within the City of Merritt, please contact info@merritt.ca.