COVID-19 information

The City of Quesnel is closely monitoring the COVID-19 Pandemic situation in British Columbia. The health and safety of the public and City staff is our top priority.

The City of Quesnel continues to work with internal and external partners, including our local health authority, Northern Health, on a proactive approach to deal with COVID-19. The City follows all orders from the Provincial Health Officer.

The City of Quesnel's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is active as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to coordinate a local response to the public health issue COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The level one activation allows the City to access support from Emergency Management BC  and collaborate with other organizations such as Northern Health and School District 28.

Mandates, orders and policies
BC Vaccination Card

Updated April 8, 2022

Activities where visitors 12+ years will be required to show their BC Vaccine Card include:

  • Entering an employee area of a City building

Proof of vaccine will not be required for the following: 

  • Children under the age of 12 years
  • Government activities and services, including voting
  • Public areas at City Hall,  Fire Hall, the RCMP detachment, and Public Works Yard
  • Attendance at a public Council or committee meeting
Mask Mandate

Updated March 11, 2022

Provincial Health Orders state that masks are NO longer required in public indoor settings. This includes all City facilities. Please be respectful towards City employees and citizens who choose to continue to wear a mask. 

City response

The City of Quesnel is updating its response according to the current orders from the Provincial Health Officer and guidance from Worksafe BC

What we're doing
  • Following all guidelines, as directed by the Provincial Health Officer.
     
  • Working to ensure our core City services, such as water, sewer, police, and fire are maintained.
     
  • Ensuring business-critical staff have the right tools should they need to work from home.
     
  • Installing barriers when safe social distancing is not possible.
     
  • Increasing cleaning protocols at all City of Quesnel facilities, including public washrooms.
     
  • Posting signage at all City facilities, and parks and trails reminding both users to physical distance, follow safe hygiene practices and stay home when sick.
     
  • Identifying and posting safe social distancing signage and room occupancy numbers in City facilities.
     
  • Conducting contact tracing for any members of the public attending meetings at City Hall. View Public Contact Tracing below for more information. 
     
  • Working with the business community to assess and understand the economic impact and potential strategies.
Public Meetings

The City of Quesnel will continue to implement the preventative measures as directed by the Provincial Health Officer to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We encourage residents to access Council Meetings through the City YouTube page as an alternative to attending proceedings in person. Video recordings will be uploaded the day after regularly scheduled Council Meetings.

Agendas are posted in advance of Council meetings. The public is encouraged to provide any input on agenda items before the Council meeting by writing a letter addressed to City Council. Letters can be sent to City Hall at 410 Kinchant St, Quesnel, BC V2J 7J5 or emailed to cityhall@quesnel.ca.

Considerations for the Homeless

The City is concerned about the safety and wellbeing of all our residents and recognize there are specific considerations for our most vulnerable.

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Status of facilities and services
Arts, recreation and heritage
Facility or serviceStatusContact
Arena 2Open250-992-7125
Arts and Recreation CentreOpen250-992-8200
Dog ParkOpen250-992-2111
Indoor Soccer FacilityOpen250-992-2223
Museum and ArchivesOpen250-992-9580
Parks, playgrounds & courtsOpen250-992-2111
Sport FieldsOpen250-992-7125
TrailsOpen250-992-2111
West Fraser CentreOpen250-992-7125
Walking TrackOpen250-992-7125
Municipal Services

Airport

The Quesnel Airport's Main Terminal is open to the public. Central Mountain Air has resumed scheduled flights. For flight information, visit www.flycma.com.

Bylaw Office

Closed to the public. Bylaw Officers remain on duty and will be following the provincial guidelines with sanitizing and social distancing. Complaints can be made here:

City Hall

Visitors are being urged to limit unnecessary visitation to City Hall, and to utilize alternative methods of communication such as email or phone. Those who must come into City Hall must follow the directives of the Provincial Health Officer.

Utilize online payment options through your bank or drop-off payment in the mailbox outside of City Hall. City Staff will be following the provincial guidelines with sanitizing and social distancing. City Hall and Bylaw can be reached at 250-992-2111 and Public Works can be reached at 250-992-6330. The following services will be modified:

  • Cemetery bookings – By appointment, please phone City Hall at 250-992-2111.
  • Building Department – Building inspections or inquiries can be made by:
    • Email: buildinginspection@quesnel.ca
    • Phone: 250-991-7461
    • In-person: please utilize alternative methods of communication such as email or phone if possible.
  • Planning Department – Planning inquiries (signs, development permits, variances, subdivisions, etc.) can be made by
    • Email: developmentservices@quesnel.ca
    • Phone: 250 991-7459
    • In-person: please utilize alternative methods of communication such as email or phone if possible.

Effective January 10th, 2022 anyone entering an employee area of a City building must be vaccinated as required by the City’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy to protect the health and safety of our employees.  Contractors working for the City are required to fill out the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Certification Form. Volunteers and Visitors are required to show proof of vaccination.  

Please note that City Hall is still open to the public and proof of vaccination is not required to enter the main lobby to access the front desk for payment or building services or to meet in the public meetings rooms including Council Chambers.

Fire Hall

Closed to the public. Inquiries by phone only at 250-992-5121.

Resources
Health information

BC Centre for Disease Control
http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool
https://covid19.thrive.health/

BC COVID-19 Test Results
1-833-707-2792  

Northern Health Authority
https://www.northernhealth.ca/health-topics/current-outbreaks

Government of Canada
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

COVID-19 Data Dashboard
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/a6f23959a8b14bfa989e3cda29297ded

Canadian Mental Health Association
https://cmha.bc.ca/covid-19/

Speak to someone

  • Northern Health COVID-19 information line: 1-844-645-7811
  • BC Health Link information line: 8-1-1
  • Government of Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397

Homemade Mask Information
https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/activities/announcements/covid19-notice-home-made-masks.html

Immunizations

Northern Health Vaccine Information

Information on Vaccine Scheduling for the Quesnel area.

COVID-19 Immunization Plan - Government of BC

All of the information about the immunization strategy and the phased approach can be found at the BC Centre for Disease and Control.

BC’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan is designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. The information on this page is updated frequently and is subject to change based on vaccine availability and the latest COVID-19 data.

Small business support

For more information on what other supports the City is offering, visit the Business Support Team page.

Business Support Team
The Quesnel Business Support Team includes representation from the City of Quesnel, Community Futures North Cariboo, Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce, Quesnel Downtown Association, West Quesnel Business Association, and South Quesnel Business Association. This group has come together on many initiatives in the past, and are currently working together to support local businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic. For more information and up to date useful links, visit Community Futures North Cariboo.

Small Business BC
Resources For small businesses affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

BC Economic Development Association
Resources for BC Business Guide

Non-profit support and information

Red Cross
With funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada, the Canadian Red Cross is making grants available to non-profits across Canada:

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