Local & Provincial Government Increase Lines of Communication Re: COVID-19

Weekly & daily coordination calls with local governments

 The province has opened two new lines of communication with local governments to strengthen COVID-19 coordination.

EMBC has begun coordinating regional calls on a daily basis with local government emergency managers to discuss operational issues. Minister Selina Robinson has also begun a series of weekly calls with Mayors, Chairs and UBCM Executive to discuss policy issues. The first policy call, held yesterday, included input from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

“BC communities are facing an unprecedented challenge,” said Mayor Maja Tait, UBCM president. “Yesterday’s meeting focussed attention on the orders of the provincial health officer and identified policy adjustments that will strengthen service delivery in the weeks ahead. The coordination and support that is being provided by the province is deeply welcomed. Local governments will do our part to support the implementation of the provincial response to COVID 19 as that continues to evolve.”