The City of Vernon has remained operational during the Covid-19 pandemic.
While many municipalities are starting to look at ways to open their doors and resume full services, the city made the decision to keep its doors open for all services (with the exception of recreation services).
“Maintaining the safety of our citizens, visitors and staff, while ensuring business continuity, has been the city’s top priority during this global pandemic,” states a release.
“Council is taking innovative steps to provide ways for businesses to open and get back on their feet within provincial health guidelines.”
Just some of the steps the city has taken include:
- An up-to-date website with links to reliable Covid-19 information and news
- Maintained building inspections and the 2020 capital program
- Waived interest on 2020 first quarter utility bills
- Adjusted the penalty date for 2020 City of Vernon property taxes
- Suspended enforcement of on-street metered and two hour parking areas until July 1
- Permitting businesses to expand operations outside to accommodate physical distancing
- Provided blanket approval for businesses to expand liquor service outside (with provincial approval)
The city continues to monitor and respond to directives and guidelines from the provincial and federal governments. To learn more about the city’s response to Covid-19, visit www.vernon.ca/covid-19.