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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for March 16, 2020

Date

For Immediate Release

Ensuring the health and safety of Langley City residents and staff

Langley City, BC – As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are always considering what is best for the health and safety of our staff, our residents and the community that we serve. It is important to Langley City that we play our part in keeping our community safe.

Timms Community Centre and Douglas Recreation Centre will be closed effective tomorrow at 4:30 pm (Tuesday, March 17) until further notice to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize the exposure of COVID-19. All programs will be suspended except for Spring Break camps and childcare programs until further directives from health authorities. The City will provide a refund to participants for any cancellation of programs or rentals, put memberships on hold until the end of March 2020, and will cancel any City scheduled events with over 50 people until the end of April 2020.

"We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The City is making every effort to do just that and protect the community and its residents," said Mayor Val van den Broek. "The City's Pandemic Plan and business continuity plans have been reviewed, and all City departments are making every effort to ensure essential services are maintained to the highest possible level."

Langley City Hall will remain open from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday until further notice with Council Meeting and other committee meetings proceedings as scheduled.

What you can do:

  • 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 dedicated coronavirus information line: 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319), 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.

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