BC’s Careful Restart Plan
As the pandemic hit B.C., we asked British Columbians to do their part by staying home to help flatten the curve. We asked essential service businesses and non-profits to take new and significant measures to keep people safe. And British Columbians responded by taking this pandemic seriously and taking the right actions. As a result, we have the lowest mortality of any jurisdiction in North America with a population of more than five million.
On May 6, the Premier along with Dr. Bonnie Henry announced our staged approach to re-starting the economy and our “new normal.” The restart is going to be a slow dialing up. This means that we all have to keep doing our part – at home, in the community and at work.
B.C.’s restart will be a careful, step-by-step process to ensure all of our combined efforts and sacrifices are not lost. It will begin with certain health services, retail outlets, restaurants, salons, museums and parks resuming some operations in mid-May. Government’s reopening plans are based on organizations and businesses developing plans that follow provincial guidelines to control the spread of COVID-19.
This plan relies on all of us to:
* Stay at home and keep a safe distance from family when we have cold or flu symptoms
* No handshaking or hugs outside of your family
* Practicing good hygiene
* Physical distancing as much as possible when in the community, and
* Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, use a non-medical mask or face covering.
In personal settings when you’re seeing friends and family who don’t live with you, only get together in small groups of around 2 to 6 people and keep a physical distance. If you’re feeling sick, don’t visit. If you are at greater risk (over the age of 60 or with underlying medical conditions), be informed of your risk, think through your risk tolerance and take extra precautions.
For more information please visit gov.bc.ca/restartbc (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=0388ef4a3e&e=c2581b5a82) and as always, contact my Community Office if you have any questions or concerns.
Staying Connected Locally and Safely
The nature of my job activities has changed! Like so many others, I am working from home and on the phone. No more community events or in-person meetings to connect with those I represent. So what do I do to stay in touch?
Every week, I do my shopping locally. From a two meter distance I chat with our essential workers in our grocery stores and other businesses to say thanks for all that they are doing. It’s important to me to hear how this pandemic is impacting them. These are amazing people who never thought that they would be in the position of providing an essential service during a global crisis. Heartfelt thanks go out to them, and please shop local and shop with kindness.
As we all respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is imperative that local leaders communicate and work together. I’ve initiated regular calls with all local governments, First Nations and Chambers of Commerce to hear local concerns, feedback on government support and emergency plans.
Another the thing I enjoy is saying hi to locals while going on walks. With a simple “How’s it going?” I get to hear how all of the changes impact people I represent and understand how to bring their voices into the work I do as an MLA and Cabinet Minister.
Education Resources for Parents
I am truly impressed by teachers, support staff, students, and parents, by their resiliency and ingenuity in quickly adapting to the changes brought on by the pandemic. As teachers have been delivering education through online platforms, students have been able to keep up with their studies and sense of routine. Along with speaking with School District 8 Trustees about these changes, I had a peek into this new model when I was invited to log into St. Josephs School’s grad 8 class to chat with students about our government’s CleanBC (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=5d70ffccae&e=c2581b5a82) program. There were some really great questions and comments from Mr. Beutel’s class!
https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=d184a360a6&e=c2581b5a82 Province of BC’s website site offers a collection of resources to help support learning from home. It will be updated regularly with new resources new information to help parents and their kids. Visit https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=13cd4689a6&e=c2581b5a82
Webinars with BC’s Business Community
In my role as Minister for Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, I participated in two webinars for the business community with another to come. The first two webinars with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce focused on the latest https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=80f964eaff&e=c2581b5a82 available from the Government of British Columbia and is a great resource for businesses across the province experiencing similar concerns. Upcoming on May 13, I’ll be doing a webinar on our government’s economic restart with the BC Chamber of Commerce. You can watch the archived GVBOT webinar at https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=0650253df7&e=c2581b5a82 tune in at 4pm, May 13 for the BC Chamber webinar on Zoom.com.
* For medical info, visit bccdc.ca (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=84a32b9df5&e=c2581b5a82) or call 811
* For non-medical info, visit gov.bc.ca/covid19 (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=05e098e911&e=c2581b5a82) or call 1-888-COVID-19 (1-888-268-4319) or text 604-630-0300
* Take the self-assessment at covid19.thrive.health (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=61c8e5646c&e=c2581b5a82)
* For seniors looking for additional support, or for those looking to support seniors, call 2-1-1 or visit bc211.ca (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=a2fb28c4b1&e=c2581b5a82)
* For information about provincial supports for people and businesses visit: gov.bc.ca/covid-19-provincial-support(https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=a66a19bc55&e=c2581b5a82)
* For information about federal supports for people and businesses, visit:canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html (https://michellemungall.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=f2195e67d0ac7cd7296ac6470&id=8b6b176afe&e=c2581b5a82)
Michelle Mungall, MLA
Nelson-Creston Community Office
433 Josephine St. Nelson V1L 1W4