Update from Town Hall: March 25, 2020 Print Article Font Size
The Town of Golden continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow all advice from both provincial and federal health authorities, as well as local physicians. IMG_2840-(1).jpg
“First and foremost I want to applaud the community of Golden for staying level headed in these unprecedented times, but we need to continue to pay attention to the orders of government and the needs of the local doctors and take them seriously,” said Mayor Ron Oszust. “We need to get through this as quickly as we can. Let’s all do our part to help that happen.”
All Town of Golden facilities are closed to the public until further notice. The Town will continue to provide essential services. This includes taking into consideration social distancing practices, allowing those who can, to work from home, and following the orders of the Provincial Health Officer. Lines of communication remain open, both electronically and by telephone, as we move forward with day-to-day operations of the Town.
The Province has ordered business owners that do not provide essential services to close to the public, unless operations have changed to ensure social distancing is being followed. Moreover, while our tourism industry is being severely impacted, the order from the federal and provincial governments is clear, stay home, this is not the time to travel. Tourism Golden has temporarily ceased all marketing in deference to provincial direction and we trust individual accommodators are following suit.The Province has also instituted substantial fines for non-compliance.
Social distancing is not a suggestion, it is an order issued by Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Social distancing means staying at home or inside, limit errands and appointments, stay at least two metres from others outside your home and absolutely no group gatherings. Keep in mind, it is safe to go outside to get fresh air, walk pets, ride a bike and exercise while maintaining safe physical distances.
“Stay healthy – both physically and emotionally. Take advantage of the sunshine and the fresh air.But always be aware that physical distancing is the path to getting through this, it is so critical at this time” said Mayor Oszust. “Take care of yourselves, and if you can, take care of your family, friends and neighbours. Reach out over the phone or virtually, and consider others when shopping or doing errands, there might be someone at risk or self-isolating that could use a hand. And did I mention – wash your hands – lots.”
The Bylaw Enforcement Officer will be surveying the community to ensure that all Golden businesses are complying with the Provincial Health Officer's orders and reminding those out in the community that social distancing needs to be taken seriously.
“We are facing some of the most significant social and economic impacts in recent history,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Jon Wilsgard. “Federal and provincial governments are enacting unprecedented relief efforts across the country, and as a local government we are ensuring alignment in our actions with communities from across the province and considering how we can help.”
The Town of Golden thanks everyone in the community that is doing their part to help “flatten the curve.”
For updates from Town Hall and links to important provincial and federal resources, visit golden.ca/covid19 or follow us on social media: Facebook.com/townofgolden and @townofgolden Instagram and Twitter.