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Merritt City Hall has announced the closure of the multi-use sports box at Central Park amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The box joins the list of outdoor closures around the city including all city and school park playgrounds.

For now, the Merritt skate park remains OPEN. Manager of Communications Will George stated that additional information regarding social distancing and large gatherings would be posted.

Further details from City Hall -


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The B.C. government has formally extended the provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the end of the day on April 14, 2020.

"The next 14 days are critically important in our province's unprecedented fight against COVID-19. What we do today will affect what our doctors, nurses and first responders face in the days and weeks ahead," said Premier John Horgan. "Today, we're asking all British Columbians to re-commit to doing their part. There are early signs that our actions are making a difference, and we can't stop now."

Using the extraordinary powers under the Emergency Program Act, Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has issued a series of orders to ensure a co-ordinated response to COVID-19 across all levels of government. Through these orders, the Province is taking an active role in coordinating the supply chain for essential goods and services, supporting the enforcement of the provincial health officer's orders and prohibiting the secondary selling of essential goods and supplies.

"Our government is continuing to take all actions necessary to keep our communities safe, goods moving, and essential service workers supported," Farnworth said. "This is an unprecedented time in our province. We're working hard to alleviate the pressures that we're all facing, and we will get through this together."

The extension of the provincial state of emergency is based on recommendations from B.C.'s health and emergency management officials. Farnworth made the original declaration on March 18 after Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, declared a public health emergency.


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- Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia:

"We are announcing 43 new cases, for a total of 1,013 cases in British Columbia.

"Every health region in British Columbia has patients with COVID-19: 476 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 348 are in the Fraser Health region, 67 are in the Island Health region, 107 are in the Interior Health region and 15 are in the Northern Heath region.

"It is with sadness that we report five deaths in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions in the last 24 hours, for a total of 24 COVID-19 related deaths in British Columbia.

"We continue to see new cases in long-term care and assisted living homes. There are now COVID-19 cases in 19 facilities in B.C., all in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions. Public health officials are providing support to implement outbreak protocols at all sites.

"To date, 507 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and no longer have isolation requirements.

"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 128 individuals are currently hospitalized, 61 of those are in intensive care and the remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

"We are at a critical juncture in our provincial COVID-19 response. Every British Columbian has a part to play to flatten the curve. We must all do the right thing and be 100% committed.

"No one is immune, but everyone can make a difference. If you are older, staying home keeps you away from those who could put you at risk. If you are young, staying apart means you are preserving important capacity within our health-care system for our elders and others at highest risk.


Dr. Bonnie Henry has provided the latest figures of COVID-19 in BC.

(Previous numbers in brackets)

New Cases – 43

Total Cases – 1,013 (970)

Patients in Hospital – 128(106)

Patients in ICU – 61 (60)

Recovered –507 (469)

New Deaths – 5 * 4 in Vancouver Coastal, 1 in Fraser*

Totals Deaths –24 (19)

Health region breakdown;

Vancouver Coastal – 476(472)

Fraser – 348(323)

Island – 67 (67)

Interior – 107 (94)

Northern – 15 (14)

Dr. Henry did not make any new public health orders.

More to come.

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Interior Health (IH) has identified a case of COVID-19 at the Subway restaurant located at 1209 Hwy 97, Cache Creek, B.C.

Public Health routinely follows up with confirmed cases and close contacts directly to provide advice on public health measures such as self-isolation. As an additional precaution, Interior Health is asking people who visited this Subway restaurant on March 25, 26, and 27 to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms until April 10 or 14 days from the time of their visit.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Other milder symptoms may include: runny nose, fatigue, body aches (muscles and joints aching), diarrhea, headache, sore throat, vomiting and red eyes.

As long as customers remain healthy and do not develop symptoms, they can return to their routine activities 14 days after the date of their visit.

If customers develop respiratory symptoms, they need to self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days from the time their symptoms develop and until symptoms resolve.

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Last week, Merritt City Council passed a motion reading;

Council direct staff to research the fee structure of the Claybanks RV Park, including high and low season dates, and prepare a report and accompany amendment to the fee bylaw.

The motion was passed unanimously.

“This is one of the first steps in a broader plan to review all our fees in the city,” said Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith.

The fee structure for Claybanks was last reviewed seven years ago.

Staff will return to the council with a full report at a future council meeting, with recommendations regarding a possible change to the fee bylaw.


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