COVID-19 and impacts to RDN services
Updated on September 23, 2021
COVID-19: RDN Response
Monitoring and Preparedness
The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is actively monitoring information provided by federal and provincial agencies regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The RDN will continue to follow the directives of the health officials as the situation evolves.
- The RDN coordinates with Health Emergency Management BC (HEMBC), Island Health, Emergency Management BC (EMBC) as well as community partners.
- The RDN has initiated meetings involving key staff who will identify and plan for the response to COVID-19, should the risk escalate.
- The RDN has an Emergency Plan and has developed business continuity plans specific to this situation.
Click on the Departments below for detailed service and program information:
- Recreation and Parks Services
The public health order dated September 10, 2021 does not apply to swimming pools unless they are the location of an event; and skating rinks when not being used for adult sport, rehabilitation, or exercise therapy programs.
In alignment with the September 10, 2021 PHO, the following groups will be required to show proof of vaccination:
Adult (22 yrs+) indoor fitness participants
Adult (22 yrs+) indoor yoga participants
Adult (22 yrs+) indoor sport participants i.e. hockey, pickleball
Those 12 yrs and older attending an indoor ticketed event – i.e. Generals game
The office of the Provincial Health Officer and Island Health are currently reviewing the vaccine exemption status given to aquafit classes. In preparation for the exemption being removed, beginning Monday, September 27, Ravensong Aquatic Center staff may be required to check the vaccination status of those participating in all Aquafit classes. Please come prepared to show your proof of vaccine – printed copy or digital copy, along with original photo ID to enter the facility.
Where proof of vaccination is required, a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, BCID, passport - original document only, photocopies will not be accepted) is also required for those 19 years of age and older.
Further interpretation and clarification of this Provincial Health Order may continue to evolve. We will continue our efforts to inform you of any significant changes as information comes available.
At this time, access to Ravensong Aquatic Centre does not require proof of vaccine. Masks remain mandatory in dry floor areas of the facility.
For information about vaccine passports, please visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard.html#card
If you have a medical exemption and wish to access RDN facilities, please contact the Provincial Health Officer: Provincial Health Officer, 4th Floor, 1515 Blanshard Street, PO Box 9648 STN PROV GOVT, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9P4 Fax: 250-952-1570 Email: ProvHlthOffice [at] gov.bc.ca
In alignment with the August 25, 2021 Public Health Order, masks continue to be mandatory
Huxley Skate Park and Cedar Skate Park are open.
Horne Lake Regional Park Campground and Descanso Bay Regional Park Campground are open. Details can be found at rdn.bc.ca/rdn-camping
RDN playgrounds and other outdoor amenities are open. Users can help reduce the potential risks by following these guidelines:
Stay home if showing any sign of illness.
Wash or sanitize hands before and after play.
Regional and Community Parks and Trails remain open.
Field and Sport Courts are open for use by organized groups. All groups will need to provide a return to sport plan before bookings are approved.
- Face coverings are mandatory on all RDN transit vehicles for people 12 and older effective August 25, 2021. Accommodations will be permitted for those that cannot wear a face covering for health conditions, or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one.
- Riders are expected to wear a face covering unless the rider meets the exemption criteria.
- For lost and found, please call in advance: 250-390-4531.
- Solid Waste - Curbside Collection, Regional Landfill and Church Road Transfer Station
- The RDN’s solid waste facilities remain open, but at reduced capacity, with regularly scheduled hours of operation 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Residential customers should expect lengthy delays and note that weekends are typically busier.
- The two facilities accept debit and credit and the public is encouraged to use ‘tap.’ Cash will not be accepted at this time.
- Commercial traffic is being given priority at both locations.
- For those entering the Church Road Transfer Station indoor facilities, masks are required.
- For both the Church Road Transfer Station and Cedar Road Regional Landfill, all customers are expected to maintain the 6' physical separation or wear a mask in all outdoor areas.
- For the latest information go to rdn.bc.ca/solid-waste-and-recycling
Curbside Collection Service
- Additional precautions have been put in place to protect the collection drivers:
- The following items must be bagged and securely tied:
- all tissues, toilet paper, face masks, gloves, and disposable sanitary wipes (flushable and compostable) - these items cannot be disposed of in your recycling nor food waste containers.
- If someone in your household is sick, double-bag and securely tie all personal waste.
- The following items must be bagged and securely tied:
- Waste that does not adhere to the above guidelines will be LEFT BEHIND, NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Administration Building
- Masks are mandatory in all RDN facilities effective August 25, 2021 in accordance with the public health order.
- Public access is limited at RDN Offices. All RDN services will remain operational and staff will conduct business online, via conference calls, virtually or, where necessary, by appointment only.
- We encourage residents to seek RDN service via phone, email or the new building and bylaw web portal. Call the RDN at 250-390-4111 or 1-877-607-4111 or email inquiries [at] rdn.bc.ca with questions or to schedule an appointment if needed.
- The RDN’s new web portal is a convenient means of making building permit applications 24/7 without having to travel to the RDN office.
- Inspection requests for portal applications can be made through the portal.
- Residents can access the RDN web portal from home, office or mobile devices.
- RDN staff are available for assistance by telephone or email.
- Click here to apply online.
- Bylaw Services - Covid-19 Information
- Waste Water
- Paper towels and personal hygiene products like used tissues, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves and sanitary wipes, even the ones that say they are flushable or compostable all go into your garbage, tied securely in a bag. These items do not belong in your green bin or recycling. If someone in your home is sick, please double bag your garbage.
- While having some drinking water set aside for an emergency is always a good idea, the RDN would like to assure residents that the water provided by our nine community water systems is thoroughly treated to destroy all viruses, including coronavirus. Please don’t waste it, but feel confident to use and drink water from the tap.
Residents are reminded and encouraged to take steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections:
- Follow the BCCDC guidelines and orders here.
- Information for anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can be found here.
- Call Island health's COVID-19 Call Centre to be assessed to determine if you need testing: 1-844-901-8442.
- Non-medical information may be obtained from 1 888-COVID19 (1 888-268-4319).
- BC211 is a service that is available to residents in BC to help seniors in their community with basic needs, including grocery shopping and pharmacy drop-offs and check-ins. Seniors and people who want to volunteer and who are well can dial 2-1-1 or visit: www.bc211.ca/.
- Island Health COVID-19 vaccine information here.
In the interest of public health and safety, we urge you to do everything you can to keep the virus from spreading and follow the health and self-isolation guidelines as recommended by the BCCDC.