After more than seven months, the Sooke District Council will finally begin meeting in its chambers again next month.
As of July 12, council will be allowed to return to the room with municipal staff.
The district will follow a province-mandated COVID-19 security plan. Counselors do not need to be vaccinated and wearing a mask is not mandatory.
âWe’re being cautious here – some of the board and staff are staying very vigilant,â said Norm McInnis, executive director.
Council meetings have been held remotely since November 23, with members of the public also able to participate remotely. (The public has not been allowed in the rooms since March 2020).
Premier John Horgan announced the province would aim for a “return to normal life” with the July 1 restart plan. In British Columbia, the spread of the coronavirus has reached record levels.
But provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry has warned the public to stay vigilant to protect themselves against the virus and urged everyone to get vaccinated.
âI don’t expect this to spread widely because so many people have been immunized, but it will likely affect businesses or a school or a long-term care home or a certain community, and we have to be in. able to handle this. And that can mean going back to certain things like staying home for a while or wearing masks in certain situations in the fall, âshe said.
The Council Chamber will reopen to the public on September 20.
The Council may continue to hold online meetings under the COVID-19 Measures Act. The province is considering changes to the community charter, which gives council the ability to change council’s procedural rules to allow electronic meetings to continue.
– with files from Black Press and the Canadian Press
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