December 23, 2021 – COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant
The COVID-19 Closure Relief Grant will provide fully funded grants to businesses that had to close due to the December 22, 2021 Provincial Health Officer (PHO) orders. Information sheet..
December 21, 2021 – New Province-Wide Restrictions
Bars, gyms, and indoor organized gatherings to be shut down with new restrictions New COVID-19 restrictions have been announced by BC health officials that will be in place starting at midnight Dec.22.
The restrictions will run until January 18th, and include:
- No indoor organized gatherings of any size (weddings, receptions, celebratory events, etc.)
- Bars and nightclubs are closed
- Gyms, fitness centres, and dance studios are closed
- Sports tournaments are cancelled
- Seated events are reduced to 50% capacity, regardless of the venue size (Concerts, sports games, theatres, movie theatres, etc.)
- Tables at restaurants, pubs and cafes are limited to six people, plus physical distancing or barriers
BC’s other COVID-19 measures, announced Friday, December 17th remain in place.
May 19, 2021 – IH Vaccine Roundtable summary – May 14
May 7, 2021 – Info on COVID 19 Vaccinations while pregnant or breastfeeding
April 7, 2021 – Info on booking COVID-19 Vaccinations
Interior Health COVID-19 Information – Interior Health
March 31, 2021 – Provincial Order of the Health Officer re Gatherings & Events – Farmer’s Markets are considered an essential service.
April 8, 2021 – The B.C. government will provide more than $50 million to help the 14,000 restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres affected by the March 30, 2021, provincial health orders. View notice.
December 11, 2020 – RDCK Media Release re Recreational Facilities & Provincial Restriction extension to January 8, 2021
November 22, 2020 – Letter from Minister Robinson re province-wide restrictions.
March 23, 2020 – Our community, along with the rest of the world, is facing an enormous uncertainty during this time. The health and wellness of our staff and our community is paramount. As we evolve each day through this pandemic, I encourage you stay informed. read full message. Mayor Lockwood
We are doing everything we can to keep people healthy and each one of you can do your part by staying home and if you are needing to go out – KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!
Click here for a list of facilities that are open or closed in Salmo.
Continue to watch this website, our Facebook page and Bulletin Board for information updates. During office hours the office staff is also there to support your questions by phone (250)357-9433 or email. We strongly advise customers to use online banking when possible to pay bills. The office is currently open by appointment only. You can make an appointment by calling the office or emailing [email protected]
Please read the Village’s COVID-19 Protection & Safety Policy before your visit.
Trusted Information Links
Given the recent developments on the measures to contain the coronavirus/COVID-19, knowing where to go for trusted information is important. Here are a few websites you may wish to visit to obtain information relevant for British Columbia.
- Province of British Columbia – https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support
- HealthLinkBC — Includes links to the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization resources: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/
- C Seniors Advocate’s Update on COVID-19: https://www.seniorsadvocatebc.
- BC Centre for Disease Control:
- Government of Canada Coronovirus information http://Canada.ca/en/public-health
- Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic – https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/ntnl-scrt/crtcl-nfrstrctr/esf-sfe-en.aspx
- Return to Sport Message from the Honourable Lisa Beare: https://www.viasport.ca/news/return-sport-message-honourable-lisa-beare
- Guidance for sporting organizations – Return to Sport link
Apply for Benefits
Support for Businesses & Employees
The BC Economic Development Association has compiled, and continues to update, a comprehensive guide to resources for business owner and employees – the COVID-19 Resources for BC Business – View the entire comprehensive Guide here.
Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant
Small and medium-sized businesses are vital to British Columbia’s economy. The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program provides fully-funded grants to businesses to ensure they have the support they need during and beyond COVID-19.
How the Program Works
The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program will invest up to $300 million in targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in B.C. that employ between two and 149 B.C. residents and have experienced declines in revenue since March 10, 2020.
Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available. An additional $5,000 to $10,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses that have been hit especially hard by COVID-19.
The program runs until March 31, 2021 or until the funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first.
Tourism Grant Top-up
Tourism-related businesses can qualify to receive up to an additional $10,000 grant if they meet all the general eligibility criteria and the tourism grant eligibility criteria.
WorkSafe BC has introduced a series of updated industry guidelines and tools in anticipation of beginning our transition into Phase 2 of our COVID-19 response the week of May 19:
Other Info for Businesses
- New Ventures BC Grants: Innovation initiative supports BC businesses + students
- BC Business: What you need to know about federal and provincial support for B.C. businesses and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
- BC Hydro: COVID-19 Relief Fund
- Insurance Bureau of Canada – COVID-19 and business insurance: How coverage is triggered
- PwCs COVID-19 Navigator: Assess the potential impact to your business and gauge your readiness to respond
- Fortis BC – Applicants can enrol by visiting fortisbc.com/recoveryfund, calling FortisBC’s Customer Contact Centre or emailing [email protected].
- New COVID-19 supports for businesses, local governments April 16, 2020
Community Futures Central Kootenay
Community Futures Central Kootenay is also hosting a Business Community Weekly Roundtable on COVID -19 on Wednesdays from 11:00 – 12:00 to share updates on resources, answer questions and hear from the business community. To be added to the invite list for that you can email [email protected] and/or you can access the link on their COVID 19 resource page which also lists available resources and FAQs – https://futures.bc.ca/covid-19-support-for-businesses/ They also have a Facebook Group Covid-19 Support for Kootenay Businesses where business owners can ask questions and they’re posting information https://www.facebook.com/groups/COVIDKootenayBusiness/
Free advice for Business Owners in navigating COVID is also available through the Basin Business Advisors Program at www.bbaprogram.ca
Self Assessment Tools
- BC Testing information
- BC self-assessment tool for COVID-19:https://covid19.thrive.health
- Along with being able to check symptoms online, British Columbians can now download a new self-assessment app https://bc.thrive.health/
Make Your Own Face Mask
- Some fabrics were found to work better at filtering small particles than medical grade masks https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/making-your-own-face-mask-some-fabrics-work-better-others-n1175966
- DYI your own face mask – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8OyV15ua24
- Adult & child (note: printer needed) https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Cloth-Face-Mask/
I am putting out a challenge to see how many hearts we can put up in our community’s windows to show our support for what we are doing. Show your support by making yourself a paper or painted heart and posting it in your window!