Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Saanich South Update

Dear Saanich South,

The last few days have seen an uptick in new cases of COVID-19. This is not a reason to panic, but it is a good reminder that our work to flatten the curve is not done. While we enjoy summer and return to some of our favourite activities, we need to heed the advice of Dr. Bonnie Henry.
  • Keep groups and gatherings small, and avoid crowded indoor spaces
  • Maintain 2m (6ft) distance between yourself and those outside your bubble
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Wear a mask when you can’t maintain physical distance – such as in stores or on transit
  • Stay home and self-isolate whenever you feel sick – even if your symptoms are mild
Remember that the more people you socialize with, the higher your risk of being exposed to and spreading COVID-19. Be responsible and socialize safety.

As we near the end of the summer legislative session, your BC New Democrat government has made a lot of progress on planning our economic recovery. We are working to build our economy, and our province, back even better than it was before, so that everyone will have a good job and a more secure future. But that recovery can only keep moving forward if we all continue to be safe and follow Dr. Henry’s advice.

Yesterday we announced more support for local governments and transit systems, with up to one billion dollars available from the Province to match a contribution by the federal government. This funding will ensure people can access the important services they need throughout our restart and recovery.

This past week, we announced even more new child care spaces across the province, bringing the total number of spaces our government has created to 16,800. These spaces will be vital as parents return to work or school.

We also announced new funding for search and rescue groups, recognizing the important role they play in keeping British Columbians safe.

In the last week we’ve announced that construction or planning is underway for new or expanded schools in Smithers, West Sechelt, Vernon and Langford. We also implemented our vaping action plan, to protect kids and teen from the risks of vaping and nicotine addiction.

We have accomplished a lot together, and there is still so much more to do.

As always, if you have any questions or need any assistance with provincial supports, please reach out. My office is currently open via phone and email to support you. You can reach us at 250-479-4154 or LanaPopham.MLA@leg.bc.ca 

Stay well,

COVID Resources:
  • For medical info, visit bccdc.ca or call 811
  • For provincial supports and BC’s Restart Plan, visit gov.bc.ca/covid19, call 1-888-COVID-19 (1-888-268-4319) or text 604-630-0300
  • For employer guidelines on returning to work safely, visit WorkSafeBC
  • Take the self-assessment at covid19.thrive.health
  • For seniors looking for additional support, or for those looking to support seniors, call 2-1-1 or visit bc211.ca