The Emergency Advisory Committee of Council passed a motion to renew the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) for up to 90 days, which takes it up to February 15, 2022. The SOLE, originally declared on September 17, is in response to the continued impact COVID-19 is having on the community and healthcare system.
“Council is committed to the health and safety of our community. The decision made to renew the State of Local Emergency by the Emergency Advisory Committee, made up of Council members, reflects this commitment,” said Mayor Ken Johnston. “The State of Local Emergency isn’t an organizational approach to responding to COVID-19, it’s a community-wide response to help protect our citizens and our healthcare system from the continually evolving pandemic.”
“Our Emergency Operations Centre came to the decision to request an extension to give us the ability to be nimble in our response to COVID-19, recognizing that although positive case numbers are trending downward, our positivity rate still remains above the provincial average and our hospitalization rates remain high,” said Director of Emergency Management, Ken McMullen. “Our goal throughout this pandemic has been, and continues to be, to keep our community safe and minimize the spread while protecting our healthcare system. Difficult decisions need to be made during this time, and we appreciate the support of our Emergency Advisory Committee of Council.”
A SOLE allows The City access to additional resources under the Emergency Management Act, including personnel, from other orders of government, if required.
During the SOLE, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) was able to support in conducting a safe municipal Election. An emergency order was also signed by the EOC on September 23, 2021, to allow the temporary emergency shelter at Cannery Row to continue operating for the duration of the SOLE. With the renewal approved today, the emergency order will be reviewed and a decision will be made about extending the EOC order for Cannery Row.
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