COVID-19 – City of Kamloops declares state of local emergency

The City of Kamloops today (March 20, 2020) officially declared a state of local emergency. Here’s the City’s news release:

To address the evolving circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support the Provincial Health Authorities, the City of Kamloops has declared a state of local emergency. This declaration provides the City the opportunity to quickly and effectively address emerging issues for the purposes of enhancing preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and make decisions in the best interests of residents, businesses, and City employees.

“These are difficult and unprecedented times,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “The precautions, closures of facilities to public, and cancellation of programs and events over the past several days have been made through the recommendations and direction of our public health officials in the best interest and wellbeing of our residents and employees.”

The City is encouraging all residents and businesses to follow the direction of public health officials, including limiting public gatherings and practicing social distancing. Effective immediately, the City is suspending the collection of parking and transit fees, temporarily. Transit riders are asked to board from the rear of the bus and try to maintain two metres of distance wherever possible.

In an effort to protect residents and employees, and practice social distancing, the City will be winding down non-essential services and implementing work-from-home protocols wherever possible. Council and statutory committee meetings will be postponed until further notice.

As of today, the City of Kamloops would like to advise the public that the following services will remain operational:

  • Kamloops Fire Rescue
  • Kamloops RCMP
  • Kamloops Bylaw services
  • Emergency social services
  • Residential garbage and recycling pickup (includes commercial and multi-family)
  • Landfills, recycling, and yard waste depots
  • City parks, dog parks, trails, and public washrooms
  • Kamloops Centre for Water Quality
  • Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre
  • Building inspection services
  • Building permit services
  • Business licensing services
  • Planning services
  • Transportation and engineering services
  • Social and community health
  • Road maintenance, water, and sewer utilities
  • Financial services

To stay up to date on the City’s response to COVID-19, visit

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1 Comment on COVID-19 – City of Kamloops declares state of local emergency

  1. Will non-essential spending be quickly and completely curtail and a property tax refund be issued to the citizens of the city? Because all members of the community need some peace of mind, not only the privileged ones.

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