The District of Oak Bay Activates Emergency Operations Centre in Response to COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

The District of Oak Bay has activated an EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) at Level 2. The EOC will be responsible for local emergency preparedness, response coordination, and ensuring continuity of District services. At this time, the EOC will operate out of the Oak Bay Municipal Hall during regular business hours with a primary focus on maintaining situational awareness and information sharing related to the COVID-19 situation.  Activating the EOC provides a mechanism to centralize planning and coordinate communications.

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture as well as the District of Oak Bay are monitoring the situation closely and taking direction from the National and Provincial Health Authorities such as the BC Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health and Island Health.

At this time, events and gatherings of over 50 people are being cancelled or postponed as per direction from the Health Authorities. At this time there are no other service disruptions. The Province has issued a statement encouraging operations to continue with business as usual with increased attention to common sense practices and measures to support social distancing.

We wish to assure you that the District is monitoring the situation closely and adjusting our response as information changes.  At the direction of the Provincial Health Officer we will continue with daily operations while promoting strategies to prevent transmission of COVID-19, such as increased cleaning of facilities, equipment and touch surfaces, encouragement of frequent hand washing, implementing social distancing practices and encouraging individuals to stay home should they feel sick.

For further information please visit the District’s web page for COVID -19 at https://www.oakbay.ca/our-community/public-notice/news/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-information

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