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UPDATE: District of Kent temporarily closes all public facilities and meetings

COVID-19 concerns listed as the cause, effective Tuesday

The District of Kent Community Recreation and Cultural Centre (CRCC) is temporarily closed effective Tuesday at noon due to COVID-19 concerns.

The District of Kent also announced on Tuesday afternoon that future public meetings – Council and otherwise – will be postponed unless the matter is deemed urgent by Mayor Sylvia Pranger and the CAO. All public municipal facilities – the Agassiz Fire Department reception, Utilities and Public Works (to the public) effective Friday, March 20. Staff will continue to be available via phone, email and virtual meetings.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the appropriate steps as determined by the B.C. Health Authority,” district officials said in a statement.

The mayor and council made the decision based on provincial and local health guidelines for assembly and to further the cause to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

All recreation memberships are placed on hold until the end of the month. If the CRCC remains closed beyond that point, customers will have the option to continue or discontinue membership, request a hold or ask for a pro-rated refund.

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All recreation registered programs scheduled up to the end of the month will be cancelled with full refunds. Should it remain closed past the 31st, events in April will also be canceled with full refunds.

Staff will be on hand Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer customer inquiries. You can contact the CRCC at 604-796-8891 or email crccinfo@kentbc.ca.

Pranger said that if anyone is feeling unwell, they are urged to stay home. If there are urgent business matters that need to be conducted with the district, there are alternatives to in-person contact. Questions, comments and concerns can be forwarded to the following:

Municipal Hall

Phone: 604-796-2335

Email: info@kentbc.ca

Mailing address: District of Kent, 7170 Cheam Avenue, PO Box 70, Agassiz, B.C., V0m1A0

Online forms: https://forms.kentbc.ca/Corporate-Services/Report-a-Concern

CRCC

Phone: 604-796-8891

Email: crccinfo@kentbc.ca

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To process any payments with the district, it’s best to contact them via phone for alternate payment methods.

District officials are staying the course laid out Fraser Health, B.C. Centre of Disease Control and the provincial governments and will continue to do so as the situation evolves.

Health experts recommend the following precautions be taken during the pandemic:

Frequently clean your hands by using soap, water and and alcohol-based hand rub

When coughing or sneezing, please cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or with a tissue. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.

Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.

Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.

For more information about prevention, symptoms and updates about the virus, visit any of the following websites – the Government of Canada, HealthLink B.C., The B.C. Centre for Disease Control and Fraser Health.

To speak to someone directly concerning COVID-19 information, call 1-833-784-4397 or by dialing 8-1-1.



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