Municipal Services and Provincial Health Orders

September 13, 2021
The District of Lillooet is committed to ensuring citizens are kept informed of the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts to municipal services. We are taking direction from the federal government, provincial government, Interior Health, and the BC Centre for Disease Control in order to do our part to help minimize the spread of the virus. This includes recommendations for physical distancing, mask use, and immunization, among other measures.

Formal Local Government Business
On September 7th in a media release and on September 10th, via Provincial Health Order, the Provincial Government clarified rules around the proof of vaccination requirements and municipal services. The proof of vaccination requirement will not apply to formal local government business, including by-elections, council/board meetings, and public hearings for both council members and the public attending these events.

The District Office, and meetings with staff, at 615 Main Street will also be accessible without proof of vaccination; however face coverings are required at all times.

At this time, District of Lillooet Council will continue to meet in person at the REC Centre gymnasium. Those attending Council meetings are required to wear a mask and are requested to observe physical distancing, regular hand washing, and other COVID-19 health measures to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Although access to Council meetings does not require proof of vaccination, attendees wanting to access the remainder of the REC Centre will be required to provide this proof (additional information about this requirement is outlined in this information release below).

Social and Recreation Events and Settings

The Province is launching the BC Vaccine Card, a digital or printed document that shows the stage cardholders are at in their COVID-19 vaccine progress.
The BC Vaccine Card will impact the use of indoor recreation facilities owned and leased by the District of Lillooet.

 As of September 13, 2021, one dose of vaccine will be required for entry to higher-risk social and recreational events and settings. By October 24, 2021, entry to these settings will require people to be fully vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The following is the complete list of settings where proof of vaccination will be required:
  • indoor ticketed sporting events
  • indoor concerts, theatre, dance and symphony events
  • licensed restaurants, and those offering table service (indoor and outdoor dining)
  • pubs, bars, and lounges (indoor and outdoor dining)
  • night clubs, casinos, and movie theatres
  • fitness centres/gyms/adult sports (indoor)
  • organized indoor events with 50 or more people (e.g., wedding receptions, organized parties, conferences, workshops)
Citizens are encouraged to read the full provincial media release, viewable here: (https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PREM0054-001746) which includes links to more information about the vaccine card and information for businesses. Provincial Health Orders and notices can be found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

The requirement is in place until January 31, 2022, subject to possible extension.

Protective Face Coverings, Social Distancing, and Other Health Measures
Protective face coverings, regular hand washing, social distancing, and other COVID-19 health measures will continue to be required when inside District-owned facilities as per current Provincial Health Orders. Disposable masks are available for those that do not have their own. Please do not enter District facilities if you are not feeling well or have been out of the country in the past two weeks.
When visiting the REC Centre, masks will be required in all common areas when patrons are not engaged in some activities, such as swimming or skating. 

The provincial health mask mandate for indoor public spaces applies to all patrons, those conducting business, and those providing a service regardless of vaccination status. The same precautions apply to District staff, who are required to wear masks indoors when not seated at their workstation. There are some people who may be exempt from mask requirements; please visit: (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restrictions) for details on this as well as the full list of indoor public settings that are affected by public health orders.