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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for March 13, 2020

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Ensuring the health and safety of Langley City residents

For Immediate Release

Langley City, BC – The City of Langley is guided by local, provincial and federal health authorities on health-related matters and is actively monitoring the updates being provided. Based on the direction from the provincial government, the City will be keeping facilities open during regular business hours; however, the City has implemented a combination of measures to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize the exposure of COVID-19.

What the City is Doing

The City is committed to taking immediate action as directed by these agencies to protect the safety of our residents, the patrons in our facilities, and all staff, and has the following measures in place:

  • Providing a clean and safe environment for all our facility users with increased daily cleaning and disinfecting of public touchpoints in city facilities.
  • Providing disinfecting cleaners and sanitizers at front counters.
  • Posting signage in all facilities to remind the public and staff of proper hygiene etiquette.
  • Activating the City’s business continuity plan to ensure we can maintain our core services such as water, sewer, police and fire.
  • Reviewing and consulting with City Council on potential community events and programs that may be cancelled or postponed as per the direction of the B.C. Chief Medical Health Officer.
  • Keeping staff informed and asking them to stay home if someone in their household is sick and showing symptoms and/or recently returned from a trip outside the country and showing signs, including the USA
  • Providing remote access tools for critical staff should they need to work from home.
  • Keeping the public informed through the website (langleycity.ca) and sharing information through our mailing list (register here) and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

“Langley City remains in close communication with regional, provincial and federal officials on the situation related to the Coronavirus. As we learn more about COVID-19 and how it spreads, we’ll continue to take steps to keep residents and staff safe, and provide updates on what we are doing to stay informed and be prepared,” said Mayor Val van den Broek.

The City is also advising staff and facility users to follow proper hygiene etiquette as directed by local health authorities. This includes:

  • Regularly wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand-washing is not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (such as coughing into your elbow or using a tissue).
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and nose with your hands; Masks are not recommended as protection since they may cause you to touch your face more often, which may be worse than not wearing a mask.
  • Discarding tissues into a waste container.
  • Avoid others who are unwell, and stay home when you are sick.

For all health-related concerns, the public is advised to call 8-1-1, the Government of Canada's novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397, or contact their health-care provider or local public health office.

It is essential to know the facts. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, visit langleycity.ca or the health agencies’ websites:

Health Authority Websites

Fraser Health Authority – Information and FAQs
HealthLinkBC – Information and FAQs
Office of the Provincial Health Officer
BC Centre for Disease Control – Information and FAQs
Health Canada – Information and Advice
Government of Canada - Travel Health Notices
World Health Organization

 

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Media Inquiries:
Samantha Paulson
Communications Officer
City of Langley
604.514.2823
spaulson@langleycity.ca