Council News January/February 2021

ROSSLAND COUNCIL CONNECTS - January  & February 2021       Issue #64     

Message from Mayor Kathy:

We continue to get the Covid-19 message out: The City of Rossland follows the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer. We ask that everyone follow the advice and orders from the PHO. Remember, the big vector for transmission is not folks on the ski hill or trails, its people gathering in small groups. Those can be locals or visitors.

We will welcome everyone with open arms when the time is right but for now the focus is on staying local. This guidance applies to everyone; our businesses, our residents and our visitors. Concerns have been expressed about out-of-province license plates and unknown faces in Ferraros and around town. As a reminder, some of these folks have been here for months; they might be seasonal workers or new residents who have purchased homes. Some of these people have complied with the 2-week quarantine requirements. Some are new Rosslanders; friends we haven’t yet met. Not everyone you see is just here for a long weekend holiday. Now, that said, despite Dr Bonnie’s guidance for people to stay home, we do have some short-term visitors. There is no Provincial Order prohibiting guests or travel within Canada but we are all responsible for keeping our community safe. So far we have done an excellent job and we need to continue to do so.

That message, along with mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizing makes a lot of sense. So, while we are seeing a large reduction in visitors, if the ones who are here, and EVERYONE who lives here, follow the rules we can all stay safe. I’ve seen employees and other skiers politely remind folks to pull up their masks in lift lines or around town. Our businesses have been doing a great job following the rules and educating their employees, however, if you see risky behavior please report it. That business will be reminded, officially and politely, about the rules. To report concerns around PHO order violations by businesses, venues or individuals, contact our Rossland bylaw office at City Hall, 250-362-7396. Our local bylaw officer can follow up on concerns, and engage the police department and WorkSafeBC as necessary. If you are unable to reach our local bylaw office, contact the Trail RCMP detachment’s 24/7 non-emergency line: 250-364-2566 (Remember, calling 911 is only appropriate in serious, emergency situations.)

We must work together to navigate this ongoing health crisis and keep our community safe.  Vaccines have given us a light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is still longer than we’d like it to be.

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