A flock of ducks takes to the air above the Salmon Arm wharf. (Ron Banville photo)                                A flock of ducks take to the air above the Salmon Arm wharf. (Ron Banville photo)

A flock of ducks takes to the air above the Salmon Arm wharf. (Ron Banville photo) A flock of ducks take to the air above the Salmon Arm wharf. (Ron Banville photo)

Too much information? Here is a compilation of Salmon Arm details so far

A little weather and lots of specifics regarding closures and community during the pandemic

Too much information?

To help sort out local details, here is a compilation and update of some Salmon Arm closures and other COVID-19 developments in the city as of March 21, the third day of spring.

First, your weekend weather forecast for Salmon Arm to help guide any outdoor activities you might be planning: Mainly sunny Saturday with wind becoming northwest 20 km/h in the afternoon, a temperature high of 9C. Saturday night clear, increasing cloud before Sunday morning, low minus 6, minus 8 with wind chill. On Sunday, March 22, mainly cloudy with a high of 8C.

All Columbia Shuswap Regional District disposal facilities including landfills, transfer stations and recycling depots remain open, which includes the Salmon Arm landfill. Regarding closures, on March 20, the CSRD closed its office in Salmon Arm, but staff will continue to respond to emails and phone messages.

CSRD trails are open to the public, with a request to maintain social distancing.

On March 19 and 20, several city owned, operated or leased facilities were closed.

They include:

• Shaw Centre arena

• SASCU Recreation Centre

• Little Mountain Fieldhouse

• Memorial Arena Indoor Sports Complex

• fire halls – campfire permits are not currently required. See details. As always, fire crews remain ready to fight fires when needed.

• public works yard

• city hall – closed to the public but staff continue to provide city services. The public can use telephone and email to send in requests, ask questions and submit applications and paperwork. There is also a drop box at the front door of city hall.

• Salmon Arm Arts Centre

• 5th Avenue Seniors Activity Centre

• Senior Citizens Drop-In Centre on Hudson Avenue NE

• Salmon Arm Curling Club

• R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum

• lawn bowling facility

• horseshoe pits

• Salmon Arm tennis courts.

Read more: City of Salmon Arm takes the big leap in response to COVID-19

Read more: World coronavirus update – Italy pleads with people to follow the rules

Read more: Canadian coronavirus update – Border with U.S. now temporarily closed

Salmon Arm Recreation programs and services were cancelled March 19 until further notice. Refunds may be issued at a later date; contact 250-832-4044 with questions.

Council meetings: The March 23 council meeting will go ahead as scheduled, open to the public to a maximum of 50, but residents are encouraged to watch the video that will be posted online afterwards. Livestreaming is not available.

Also closed:

Salmon Arm library branch and all others in the Okanagan Regional Library system. All book drops are closed. You won’t be charged fines or penalties for the books you have out. All online resources are available 24/7 and can be accessed remotely using your library pass. Visit orl.bc.ca.

The city’s stated focus throughout the pandemic will be to keep residents safe and maintain essential services, which are defined as: the sewage treatment plant, the water treatment plant, the fire department and the RCMP.

Mayor Alan Harrison provided a video update on March 20.

Harrison also answered a couple of questions:

Why hasn’t the city closed non-essential businesses? Because the province has that power, not the city.

Harrison also said that although the province has determined that 50 is the threshold or maximum number of people who should meet in a group, he believes it should be two.

He said people can still go for walks; he and his spouse Debbie go together, but even when they pass someone walking, everyone maintains the two-metre distance.

The Shuswap Emergency Program suggests calling: 811 or 1-888-COVID19 for more information on COVID-19. Those who prefer to get information via text can use the number 604-630-0300. Online information and a self-screening tool are available at the BC Centre for Disease Control’s website.


newsroom@saobserver.net
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Salmon Arm council

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Canadian poet Wali Shah, former NHL’er Corey Hirsch, author, activist and empowerment coach Ashley Bendiksen, and successful Salmon Arm entrepreneur Missy MacKintosh are among the guest speakers participating in the Shuswap Youth Launch event on Thursday, Feb. 25. (Shuswap Youth Launch image)
Shuswap youth excited to launch inspiring virtual event

Corey Hirsch, Wali Shah, Missy MacKintosh among guest speakers

A logging truck spilled its load on Squilax-Anglemont Road after failing to negotiate a shard corner on Jan. 19. (Google Maps image)
Logging truck loses load, blocks traffic in North Shuswap

Jan. 19 incident on Squilax-Anglemont Road obstructed traffic for several hours

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Home Owner Grant applications will no longer be done through the City of Salmon Arm's property tax notices. (File photo)
City of Salmon Arm no longer handling Home Owner Grant applications

B.C. government to open to new online system for grant applications

The Greater Vernon Ringette Association is one of six Vernon sports groups benefitting from B.C.’s Local Sport Relief Fund. (Morning Star file photo)
Relief funds keep Okanagan in the game

Clubs at risk of closure due to inability to offer programs and fundraise

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

Police are searching for an alleged sex offender, Nicole Edwards, who they say has not returned to her Vancouver halfway house. (Police handout)
Police hunt for woman charged in ‘horrific’ assault who failed to return to Surrey halfway house

Call 911 immediately if you see alleged sex offender Nicole Edwards, police say

A screenshot from a local Instagram account video. The account appeared to be frequented by Mission students, and showed violent videos of students assaulting and bullying other students.
Parents, former students describe ‘culture of bullying’ in B.C. school district

Nearly two dozen voices come forward speaking of abuse haunting the hallways in Mission, B.C.

Vaccine rollout is focused on health care workers first, especially those dealing with long-term care facilities. (Nathan Denette - Canadian Press)
General public shouldn’t expect vaccines until fall: Interior Health South Okanagan Similkameen

Interior Health focused on vaccinating long-term and first-line care workers

Joe Biden, then the U.S. vice-president, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take their seats at the start of the First Ministers and National Indigenous Leaders meeting in Ottawa, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau, Biden to talk today as death of Keystone XL reverberates in Canada

President Joe Biden opposed the Keystone XL expansion as vice-president under Barack Obama

Prince Edward Island’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A lozenge plant in Prince Edward Island has laid off 30 workers, citing an “almost non-existent” cold and cough season amid COVID-19 restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Almost non-existent’ cold and cough season: P.E.I. lozenge plant lays off 30 workers

The apparent drop in winter colds across the country seems to have weakened demand for medicine and natural remedies

Authorities have confirmed a case of COVID-19 within a school in Kelowna. Someone within the Rutland Elementary School community has tested positive. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express/FILE)
Authorities confirm COVID-19 exposure in Central Okanagan school

Interior Health (IH) states they will be following up with anyone potentially exposed

Homeless man lying on the bench. (File photo)
Temporary emergency shelter opens in Central Okanagan

The shelter, located at the former location of Tree Brewing, will offer 38 beds

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran said the city won’t look at changing its policy regarding automatic cost of living pay bumps for himself and city councillors, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (File)
Kelowna won’t look at nixing automatic pay raises for council, mayor

Mayor Colin Basran said the raise is minuscule, won’t look at changing policy amid residents’ COVID struggles

Most Read