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Welcome to 2021! We look forward to continuing to share great emergency preparedness information wit - read more
Parksville Fire Department is recruiting for 2021, looking for positive, energetic and community min - read more
December 15, 2020Home for the HolidaysThank you for doing your part to keep us all safe. 2020 has be - read more
Boots for Food 2020 drive held in November was a huge success because of the generosity of residents - read more
The actions we take help keep our businesses and schools open and our community and health care serv - read more
November 20, 2020As announced yesterday, by order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, al - read more
Since late summer, COVID-19 case counts continue to increase in the number of active cases and peopl - read more
The 2020 Boots for Food drive for the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department was a huge success. Altho - read more
October 26, 2020At yesterday's briefing, the provincial Medical Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Hendry, an - read more
HELP US HELP OTHERS!Due to the pandemic, this year's food and toy drive will look very different wit - read more
Due to the pandemic, this year's Parksville Volunteer Fire Department food and toy drive will look v - read more
We hope your summer was enjoyable with pleasant outside time and opportunities to connect with frien - read more
Each year, the Parksville Fire Department recognizes Fire Prevention Week from October 4 to October - read more
We take COVID-19 (Coronavirus) seriously and continue to follow the direction of the Provincial Heal - read more
Parksville and Qualicum Beach fire departments are recruiting individuals who demonstrate the person - read more
Yesterday, firefighters from departments on the Island participated in a procession route to honour - read more
As our weather improves (we can hope) and with the easing of our isolation, we are able to get outsi - read more
The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon while exercising cauti - read more
June 8, 2020Both the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach have resumed limited front counte - read more
The City continues to focus on the essential services our residents rely upon and we will continue t - read more
City Announces Reopening PlanThe City of Parksville has announced plans to restore amenities and ser - read more
June 1, 2020Local businesses are developing reopening plans and are excited to welcome back shoppers - read more
Gradual Return of City ServicesThe City is focusing on the essential services our residents rely upo - read more
May 22, 2020This week many businesses reopened to a new normal and at this time, our governments are - read more
May 21, 2020The City of Parksville is working to safely reopen facilities that were closed to avoid - read more
May 15, 2020Please stay safe this Victoria Day long weekend. Stay close to home; continue to keep yo - read more
May 14, 2020When Premier Horgan announced BC's Restart Plan last week, he emphasized, "thi - read more
May 11, 2020Parksville Fire Rescue wishes to remind residents of the Parksville Fire Protection Area - read more
May 7, 2020On May 6, Premier John Horgan's announced the BC Restart Plan, a strategy to slowly - read more
Staying Well in Uncertain TimesThis week, recognized by the Canadian Mental Health Association as Me - read more
May 1, 2020Our sincere thanks to the dedicated health care workers, first responders, front-line wor - read more
April 29, 2020We offer our heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated health care workers, first respon - read more
Less than two weeks ago, the Parksville Volunteer Fire Department offered to help residents celebrat - read more
April 23, 2020Dr Bonnie Henry's words continue to provide comfort, "All of us need to do our part an - read more
Message from Parksville MayorIt is heartwarming to see our residents coming together to help stop th - read more
Lets keep the effort going to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The message is the same, - read more
The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department would love to help you celebrate a milestone memory such as - read more
April 15, 2020The City of Parksville continues to ask residents to comply with provincial health ord - read more
MESSAGE FROM PARKSVILLE COUNCILIt is unlikely we will return to normal any time soon as we may be in - read more
April 2, 2020We all must be 100% committed to doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve and to do - read more
April 1, 2020As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold in our country, the City's focus is on pre - read more
March 30, 2020The City of Parksville is working to share information and operational updates as we c - read more
March 27, 2020 The emergency programs for the City of Parksville and Town of Qualicum Beach wor - read more
March 25, 2020This message is an update for Parksville residents about the COVID 19 pandemic. Counci - read more
March 23, 2020Further to our release on March 20 that advised the closure of all playgrounds in the - read more
March 20, 2020Effective immediately and until further notice, all playgrounds in the City of Parksvi - read more
March 19, 2020We wish to assure our residents the City of Parksville continues to respond to the gui - read more
We recognize there is a tremendous amount of information about COVID-19, including communications fr - read more
March 16, 2020The City is taking COVID-19 seriously and is making significant changes to protect the - read more
March 16, 2020At the request of Mayor Ed Mayne, the following information is being distributed on be - read more
March 12, 2020The City of Parksville is monitoring and responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation - read more
March 11, 2020On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global health pandemic - read more
February 27, 2020Recent stories from national and international news media indicate the Coronavirus, - read more
It's that time of year when Parksville Volunteer Fire Department members collect food and toys, door - read more

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EMO Community Update - November 17
Posted: Nov 18, 2020
Since late summer, COVID-19 case counts continue to increase in the number of active cases and people in isolation. Although most cases are concentrated in the Fraser Health region, COVID-19 continues to spread in all health regions in BC including Vancouver Island as is evidenced by the increased case counts over the past two weeks.

A few weeks ago, the Province of BC implemented a province-wide order limiting social gatherings in private homes to your immediate household; the people who live in your home, plus a maximum of six other people (your safe six). This order applies to all homes and for all occasions within Island Health. A household is defined as a group of people who live in the same dwelling. If you have a rental suite in your home, the suite is a separate household. If you live in an apartment or house with roommates, you are all members of the same household. Dr Henry has said people who live alone can maintain a small bubble.

Because of the number of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended travel in and out of the Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health regions be limited to essential travel only. If it is necessary to travel to Metro Vancouver, it is so important to exercise caution.

At this time, there is a two-week provincial order for those living in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley which essentially limits socializing to those within an immediate household – no gatherings or household visitors allowed. We are now going on nine months of feeling the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic in our community and although we do not have the same provincial order in Island Health, conducting ourselves in a safe and preventative manner, keeping our bubbles small is the best possible way to keep ourselves and loved ones safe this winter.

The choices we make do make a difference and will support our businesses and schools to stay open. Thank you for continuing to do your part in keeping us safe and helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask
The Public Health Agency of Canada now advises wearing non-medical masks with three layers. Earlier this month the Public Health Agency of Canada advised Canadians to up their mask game and use non-medical face masks with three layers - two layers made of a tightly woven fabric like cotton and a third layer made of a synthetic water-repelling material which can act as a filter to trap infectious particles. (Alternatively, you can choose masks with a pocket in which you insert a removable filter.) Previously, PHAC had been telling Canadians to use a non-medical mask or face covering with two layers. Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam stressed the importance of the new recommendation given the fact that we are moving into winter and likely to spend more time indoors.

This link explains proper material, fit, safety considerations and outlines the reasons why the Public Health Agency is now recommending three-layer masks.

Every layer of protection helps slow the spread of COVID-19. But no layer is perfect. Layer up to keep our loved ones, elders, and communities safe — and our businesses and schools open.

Pandemic Preparedness Guide
A roadmap to help you plan for a pandemic, this guide provides resources, supports and information on what to do to keep yourself and others safe. There's an explanation of a pandemic, info about emergency kits, good hygiene, personal health, copying with stress, checklists and forms, how to clean and disinfect and other useful information. The link to the guide is here.

Being Winter Prepared
We've seen our share of rain and wind this month and no doubt will see more severe weather over the coming winter months. This link provides a home preparedness checklist for severe weather, ideas on how to develop an emergency plan and emergency kit as well as suggestions on how you can connect with your neighbours.

For information, contact:
Rob Daman Emergency Program Coordinator Town of Qualicum Beach rdaman@qualicumbeach.com 
Aaron Dawson Emergency Program Coordinator City of Parksville adawson@parksville.ca
Deb Tardiff Manager of Communications City of Parksville dtardiff@parksville.ca 

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