Gradual Return of City Services
The City is focusing on the essential services our residents rely upon and will continue to exercise an abundance of caution as we provide limited in-person services starting June 1. We will work towards a full resumption of regular services in a gradual and cautious manner, following the direction of the Provincial Health Officer.
The finance department is open to the public Monday to Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm. Finance is open to accept property tax payments, utility payments and to process homeowner grants only. We will not issue garbage tags, bus passes or dog tags in June. Residents should continue to access services electronically.
All other City business is by appointment only and walk-in services are not available at this time. Call 250 248-6144 to book an appointment or refer to contact info on our website. Please contact VIU, School District #69 and the library by phone at this time.
The City will continue to monitor public demand for in-person services with a view to offering more services in July. Our thanks to Oceanside residents for following the rules to keep us safe and slow the spread of COVID-19. The City looks forward to resuming some in-person services, while ensuring the efforts of our community are not reversed.
Using Parksville Civic and Technology Centre building
Council meetings - will once again be held in the Forum. To accommodate physical distancing and attendance of Council/staff, seating is extremely limited. The public is encouraged to avoid all in-person meetings and unless there is a reason to attend in person, continue to view meetings from the City's website, either livestreamed or archived https://www.parksville.ca/cms.asp?wpID=445. Comments may be emailed to email@example.com
Outdoor spaces, events and physical distancing - outdoor spaces are open for casual use; please respect posted guidelines. Groups should be small (two to six) and physical distance of two metres. No special events with more than 50 people in City facilities are being booked and playgrounds remain closed at this time. Sports courts are open for casual play and users should review the ViaSport BC website for sport specific info. The 50-person capacity limit is in effect at each court, defined outdoor area (e.g. skate park, gazebo) and individual municipal sites (e.g. City Hall).
We have received questions about the possibility of holding garage sales now that the province is in phase 2. Although there are no specific restrictions against garage sales taking place, Island Health provided some guidance for those wishing to host a garage sale as it is considered an event and the mass gathering order would apply:
Let's Talk Parksville - we have provided a resource list as support for residents and businesses trying to navigate the overwhelming amount of info about COVID-19. letstalkparksville.ca/covid-19
Public engagement survey - The City is looking for input from residents to see if there is an interest in engaging with us on projects. Open until June 7, the survey links from our website and letstalkparksville.ca.
Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce
For more information:
Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
firstname.lastname@example.org; 250 954-3073