City of Kamloops adjustments continue as pandemic keeps going

Municipality adjusting

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so do adjustments from City of Kamloops staff.

The unprecedented situation has meant a few changes around city hall. With the closure of pools and aquatic facilities, staff from the aquatics program section have new duties, according to a report to council.

"(They've been) reassigned to assist with cleaning up litter in areas throughout the city and will be educating the public on the importance of social distancing as required," states the report.

At the same time, bylaw officers are stepping up foot patrols in city parks along with the downtown core, Tranquille corridor and Victoria Street West.

While bylaw officers are not allowed to detain someone breaking public health orders (or give fines), they can issue warnings and call the police if individuals, groups or businesses are not following the current rules.

At the same time, social and community development staff are meeting with the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) to deal with new food security issues. KFPC is asking the city to put $15,000 from the 2020 Social Enterprise Fund towards medium-term food security responses, according to the report.

Staff are also continuing meetings about the city's vulnerable populations in regards to housing.

"Sheltering and social housing agencies are facing significant challenges in ensuring that clients are able and willing to self-isolate," states the report. "This means there is a higher risk of transmission to other individuals if someone in a shelter becomes ill with the virus."

Interior Health, BC Housing and local social outreach agencies are all involved with those meetings, working to develop a plan to support people without secure housing.

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