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The City of Merritt shut down its recreation facilities back in March amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, with Dr. Bonnie Henry and the BC Government outlining the plan to move into phase-2 of the restart plan next week, City officials will be providing an update on the plan for spaces like the arena, pool, parks, and more.

“There have been some questions about what recreation and facilities are going to look like through the remainder of the year, what the plans are for programming, and the potential reopening of certain facilities,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.

Also on the agenda tonight is approving changes to the fee schedule at Claybanks RV Park, the five-year financial plan bylaw, and an update on the zoning bylaw from Don McArthur.

This evening’s meeting begins at 7 pm. The link to the stream will be posted to the City’s website and social media accounts later today.

 

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Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 illness over at a West Kelowna agricultural business.

The successful conclusion of this outbreak is the result of excellent co-operation and partnership from everyone involved, including Bylands Nurseries Ltd. and the workers who were quarantined in on-site housing until the virus was eliminated.

Interior Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Silvina Mema says the hard work and commitment of the nursery workers and owners, as well as IH’s infection control and environmental health experts, were critical to the containment and conclusion of this outbreak.

Interior Health thanks everyone, including the public, for their support of the efforts that went into stopping the spread of the virus.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also thanked West Kelowna for supporting both the family and the temporary foreign workers.

“I know the community rallied together and brought food and other necessities to people in self-isolation. That's what we do in B.C., to support our neighbours and help keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Dr. Henry.

The outbreak was declared on March 28 and ended on May 11.

None of the workers were in roles that interacted with customers and members of this group had very minimal contact in the community. 

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Here is the latest list of cancellations and postponements as of  6 a.m. on Monday May 11, 2020.

    If your group or organizations is beginning to reschedule events in the upcoming weeks, please message This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text 250-378-6133.

 

  • Ty Pozzobon PBR in June CANCELLED
  • Rockin' River Music Fest CANCELLED 
  • Bass Coast Music Fest has been POSTPONED to July 2021.
  • Merritt Centennials office is CLOSED to the public.Early bird season tickets extended until May 31.Call Jared Thomas at 378-3604. 
  • Friday night bingo for Nicola Valley Food Bank held at the Elks Hall CANCELLED until further notice.
  • Merritt minor softball and softball BC has CANCELLED all practices and events. 
  • Wednesday afternoon bingo at the Elks Hall  has been CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • All School District 58 playgrounds are CLOSED to the public until further notice
  • The ICS Teen Centre will remain CLOSED until further notice.
  • All  services for Crossroads Community Church have been CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • All services for Trinity United Church are CANCELLED until further notice
  • All services at the Free Evangelical Church have been CANCELLED until further notice.
  • Merritt Siihk Society Programs CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Country Run for June is CANCELLED.
  • Activities such as potlucks, luncheons and more at the Merritt Senior Centre have been CANCELLED until further notice.
  • FIERCE Merritt LGBTQ2+will  again be CANCELLING meetings until further notice.
  • Merritt Girl Guides in person meetings CANCELLED until further notice. City Of Merritt Recreational Facilities CLOSED including Merritt Civic Centre, Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre, Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, TNRD Merritt Library, Nicola Valley Courthouse Art Gallery,Visitor Centre at Baillie House.
  • There are NO EVENTS for the remainder of the semester at the NVIT gym.
  • Royal Canadian Legion is CLOSED until further notice.
  • All programming with SCHSS has been SUSPENDED until further notice. .
  • Nicola Valley Museum and Archives CLOSED until further notice
  • Merritt City Hall is CLOSED until further notice
  • All City of Merritt Park playgrounds remain CLOSED to the public.
  • All face-to-face teaching at NVIT is POSTPONED until further notice. For details visit  NVIT.ca.
  • Nicola Valley Thunder Lacrosse is SUSPENDING all BCLA sanctioned activities.Online registration will remain open. 
  • Old Time Fiddlers meetings and workshops CANCELLED until further notice. 
  • Nicola Valley Community Band Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Vintage Car Club CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Community Choir Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Nicola Naturalist Society Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Merritt Quilters Guild Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Shriners Meetings CANCELLED until further notice
  • Navy League of Canada CANCELLED until further notice
  • Bee Keeper Society meetings CANCELLED until further notice 
  • Scw'exmx Child and Family Services 'Feel the Beat' CANCELLED until further notice

        If you have cancelled events to add to the list or you are rescheduling your events, email Michael Reeve at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Roger White/Tyler Cronsilver at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250-378-6133

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Interior Health

The Interior Health Authority has reported 180 cases of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.

Of those cases;

- Two are currently in hospital, 29 have been hospitalized to date
- Zero are currently in the ICU
- Two people have passed away
- 165 people have recovered, leaving 15 active cases

The Interior also runs counter to the province in demographics of those infected with the virus.

Provincially the most affected age group is 50-59, followed by 30-39. In the Interior, 30-39 is the most affected age-range followed by 40-49 and then 50-59.

Provincially COVID-19 has infected more women than men, (1,206-1,103). Here in the Interior, those figures are flipped with more men contracting the virus (92-88).

*Stats last updated on Friday, May 8.

 

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Recently Education Minister Rob Fleming sent out a thread of tweets highlighting the plan to have students return to classrooms. Fleming’s plan is phased out into five sections with the province currently in phase-4, phase-1 being back to normal.

School provides not only education but huge social and emotional benefits for children. By working with Dr. Bonnie Henry and all of our #bced partners, our government has built a staged approach to safely increase in-class instruction already happening in B.C. schools, tweeted Minister Fleming.

Phase 5- Suspend all in-class instruction for all grades and students. Remote and online learning for all students.

*Phase 4- In-class learning for children of essential service workers and vulnerable students. Remote and online learning continues for most students.

Phase 3- In-class learning for students in kindergarten to grade 5 on a part-time basis. Access to in-class learning as needed for grades 6-12 on a part-time basis. Remote and online learning continues to be available for students.

Fleming tweeted that the goal is to move into phase 3 by June.

Phase 2- In-class learning for all students in elementary school (K-7) on a full-time basis. In-class learning for secondary students (8-12) on a part-time basis. Remote and online learning continues to be available for secondary students.

Phase 1- A return to full in-class instructions.

Fleming also tweeted; At any stage, parents and caregivers will continue to choose whether to send their child to school. Health and safety protocols will continue to be in place to ensure schools remain a safe place for children, teachers, and support staff.

 

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