The City of Kamloops is committed to delivering the services that the community relies upon during this time of a Provincial State of Emergency amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“The City’s highest priority is the health and safety of Kamloops residents and City employees, and we are working constantly to manage this evolving crisis and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Mayor Ken Christian following today’s announcement of the Provincial State of Emergency.
“I want to assure the public that staffing levels are being met around services that residents rely on such as fire, police, bylaws, water, sewage treatment, and garbage collection, among others. We will continue to operate and ensure that staff who are required to maintain these services are on duty,” said Christian.
On Monday, March 16, the City announced the temporary closure of 22 recreational facilities to the public. In addition to these facilities, as of tomorrow morning, March 19, additional City facilities will be closed for public drop-in. These closures will be reviewed regularly by the City of Kamloops Emergency Operations Centre (“EOC”).
- City Hall is closed to the public, except for City Council and Council Committee meetings. Other services at City Hall may be available by appointment. Please call 250-828-3311.
- Bylaw Services office is closed to the public, except by appointment. Please call 250-828-3409.
- All fire halls, except Fire Station 1 in Sahali, are closed to the public. Fire Station 1 will be open for permits, by appointment only. Please call 250-372-5131.
- Development and Engineering Services is closed to the public, except by appointment. Please call 250-828-3561.
- Sustainability Services, at Cunliffe House, is closed to the public, except by appointment. Please call 250-828-3561.
- Civic Operations front desk is closed to the public. Other services at Civic Operations are available by appointment. Please call 250-828-3461.
- Human Resources is closed to the public.
- Kamloops Centre for Water Quality is closed to the public.
- Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre is closed to the public.
- Cemetery office is closed to the public, except by appointment. Please call 250-828-3461.
- The 22 recreation facilities announced on Monday remain closed to the public. Information will be available by phone at 250-828-3500.
A full list of facilities closures is available on the City website at Kamloops.ca/COVID. While the facilities are closed to the public, additional cleaning and maintenance will take place.
“The City, like other businesses and organizations, is experiencing uncertainty and reacting to the realities of required closures, employees who have travelled and are in isolation, and recognizing that some employees have lost access to services such as childcare or have children whose school classes have been suspended. We are doing everything we can to minimize impacts while taking direction from the leadership of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Government,” said Christian.
As of today, the City of Kamloops would like to advise the public that the following services will remain operational:
- Kamloops Fire Rescue
- Kamloops RCMP
- Kamloops Bylaw services
- Emergency social services
- Residential garbage and recycling pickup (includes commercial and multi-family)
- Landfills, recycling, and Yard Waste Depots
- City parks, dog parks, and trails
- Community public washrooms
- Kamloops Centre for Water Quality
- Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre
- Building inspection services
- Building permit services
- Business licensing services
- Planning services
- Transportation and engineering services
- Social and community health
- Road maintenance, water, and sewer utilities
- Financial services
- BC Transit will be running regular service schedules in Kamloops
- Council meetings