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COVID-19 Response Updates

This page was last reviewed on June 30, 2020.

June 30, 2020 Update

Village of Cumberland Travel Advisory

With COVID-19 remaining a risk to the health of our residents, the Village of Cumberland would like to remind visitors to our community to ensure they follow all public health and travel advice and recommendations.

As a community that prides itself on being a global destination, the risks presented by COVID-19 have contributed to a number of social and economic challenges in Cumberland. Whereas the community is still open and inviting to visitors, we ask that those coming from outside our region to do so under the travel guidance and precautions put in place by the Provincial and Federal governments.

When visiting our Village, please be mindful and maintain at least 2 m of physical distancing, particularly in high traffic areas such as public spaces and commercial areas. Likewise, please stay home if/when sick, practice good hand hygiene and wear masks when required/necessary.

If you’re visiting from outside the Province of BC, please inform yourself regarding the current restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As further reminder, all international travellers returning to, or entering, BC are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days and complete a self-isolation plan.

These precautions have been put in place to protect all BC communities. Recognizing the success we’ve collectively experienced so far, we ask that those visiting our community to do so in a safe and respectful manner.


April 10, 2020 Update

Organics Waste Prohibited Items Due to COVID-19

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of solid waste collection crews, the following items must be disposed of in your garbage, rather than in your organics container:

  • paper towels,
  • paper napkins,
  • facial tissues

In addition, these items must be placed in a securely tied plastic bag in your garbage:

  • sanitizing wipes, including those marked flushable
  • all personal hygiene products
  • used tissues
  • cleaning cloths
  • face masks
  • gloves

If you are sick or caring for someone who is sick, all personal waste should be double bagged in plastic bags. All garbage bags should be securely tied and then disposed of with regular garbage.

Find out more about solid waste collection.


April 10, 2020 Update

COVID-19 Business and Employment Resources

The Village of Cumberland has launched a COVID-19 Business and Employment Resources page that will serve to assist residents and local business owners in accessing information and resources during this difficult time.

The platform will also provide a means to better engage local business and understand the impacts of COVID-19 on our community and local economy.

Find out more.


April 9, 2020

Trailhead Parking Lots Remain Closed in Cumberland

At this time local parks remain open but we ask that all park visitors respect the health and safety of others by following these important guidelines:

  • Stay and play in your local neighbourhood.
  • Recreate on your own or with members of your household only.
  • Respect physical distancing practices and stay two metres (six feet) away from others.
  • Clean hands often and do not touch your face.

Find all service and facility closures in Cumberland due to COVID-19 response.


March 24, 2020 Update

Cumberland Closes Parking Lots at Parks and Trailheads in Response to COVID-19

Cumberland, BC – The Village of Cumberland is asking residents of the Comox Valley to recreate close to home and keep safe distances from each other when outside to help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 as directed by BC Health Officer.

“With people looking to get outdoors we’ve had a surge of visitors to the community,” said Mayor Leslie Baird. “While we appreciate that people are looking to maintain their quality of life, it is essential that everyone stay home as much as possible and follow the social distancing measures in place. To support these measures we feel obliged to close certain Cumberland parking lots with the hope people will make the decision to remain close to home.”

The following Village of Cumberland parking lots will be closed effective immediately:

  • Cumberland Recreation Centre parking lot
  • BMX parking lot at Village Park
  • Coal Creek Historic Park parking lots (Jumbo’s Cabin, Lower Chinatown Historic Site)

The parks and trails remain open at this time. We ask that all users adhere to the directives for social (physical) distancing and other measures recommended by the BC Centre for Disease Control including:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Limit activities outside your home.
  • Keep 2 metres between yourself and others when in public places.

Public washrooms remain open with increased cleaning frequency in order to provide hand washing and washroom facilities for those in need.

For more information: cumberland.ca

Leslie Baird, Mayor mayor.baird@nullcumberland.ca

Clayton Postings, Chief Administrative Officer cpostings@nullcumberland.ca


March 24, 2020 Update

Find Current Village Service Levels

Check the Current Village Services page to find out which Village services, parks, and facilities are available under the Village’s COVID-19 response. The page will be updated regularly as service levels and facility access changes.

Village services and facilities closures are taking place under the direction and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer to help protect the health and safety of the public and Village employees, and to protect and ensure the provision of essential Village services, including drinking water, wastewater collection and treatment, and fire protection.


March 23, 2020 Update

Thank You to Residents for Following Social Distancing Measures

Cumberland Council members thank Cumberland residents for following social distancing measures as directed by Provincial Health Officer to help break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, including

  • limiting activities outside the home,
  • keeping 2 metres between yourself and others when in public places, and
  • staying home when sick.

Council members also recognize and ask for residents’ patience while the Village implements coordinated closures of public spaces in response to directives from the BC Ministry of Health. Council members have heard residents’ concerns about public places in Cumberland where people tend to congregate and is working to address these concerns while working with the regional Emergency Operations Centre and direction from the Province in a coordinated response.

Provincial and Federal health authorities continue to be the lead agencies for COVID-19 response.

Follow the CVRD Facebook page for regional updates on COVID-19 response.


March 23, 2020 Update

Village Park Facility Closures

Residents and visitors are advised that the following playgrounds and park facilities are closed to ensure the social distancing advisory:

  • Village Park playground, family area, tennis courts, basketball courts, off-leash dog park, skatepark
  • No. 6 Mine Heritage Park playground
  • Cumberland Lake Park playground

Please follow the social distancing measures that are in place:

  • Limit activities outside your home
  • Use virtual options to connect with others
  • If you are out in public, try to keep 2 metres between yourself and others.
  • ‎Keep your hands at your side when possible
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cough into your elbow or sleeve
  • Avoid social activities in large gatherings.

Find out more from the BC Centre of Disease Control.

Follow the CVRD Facebook page for regional updates on COVID-19 response.


March 20, 2020 Update

Follow the Cumberland Emergency Program Facebook Page

Residents can like and follow the the Cumberland Emergency Program Facebook page for news and updates on community services health and safety measures related to COVID-19.

For information from the regional Emergency Operations Centre, residents are encouraged to follow the CVRD Facebook page.


March 20, 2020 Update

Get the Latest Regional Information on COVID-19 from the CVRD

Cumberland residents are encouraged to follow the Comox Valley Regional District communication channels for the latest regional information on COVID-19.

CVRD website: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/covid19

Facebook: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/covid19

Twitter: https://twitter.com/comoxvalleyrd

With the activation of a regional Emergency Operations Centre on March 17, 2020, the Comox Valley Regional District, Village of Cumberland, City of Courtenay, and Town of Comox are centralizing regional communication on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Any information specific to Village of Cumberland programs and services will continue to be posted at cumberland.ca.


March 19, 2020 Update

COVID-19 Response Update March 19, 2020

  • The Provincial and Federal health authorities are the lead agencies for COVID-19 response.
  • Cumberland is participating in a regional Emergency Operations Center Level 2 coordinated by the CVRD to support direction of the Ministry of Health. The CVRD is sharing resources for residents and businesses on the CVRD website, CVRD Facebook, and CVRD Twitter.
  • Village services and administration remain available by phone at 250-336-2291 or email at info@nullcumberland.ca. The Municipal Office, Cumberland Recreation, Fire Hall, and Public Works Yard remain closed to public access.
  • The Village’s priority is the protection and provision of essential municipal services for the health and safety of residents, including drinking water, sanitary sewer and fire protection, however all departments continue to operate at this time. The Village is monitoring the situation and will adjust service levels for non-essential services as required.
  • Cumberland’s Economic Development Officer is distributing information for businesses. Email Kaelin Chambers to sign up.
  • All advisory committees to Council are suspended until further notice. The regular Council meeting of March 23, 2020 has been cancelled. Special council meetings may be scheduled in the interim. Watch cumberland.ca meeting page for more information.

Use these resources for information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus:


March 19, 2020 Update

Cumberland Participating in Regional Level 2 Emergency Operations Centre

The Comox Valley local governments are taking precautionary measures in support of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Ministry of Health and their efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

At a Comox Valley pandemic regional collaboration meeting on Monday, March 16th representatives from the CVRD, Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, and City of Courtenay decided that on Tuesday, March 17th a regional level 2 emergency operations centre would be established to support public health and the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

“The activation of this EOC is a measure to help centralize messages to the public and support the direction of the Ministry of Health,” explains CVRD Chief Administrative Officer and EOC Director Russell Dyson. “Every measure being put in place is to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 and undertake the necessary steps to help protect our community the best we can. The abundance of work within the EOC will be completed remotely reducing time, resources and potential exposure to COVID-19.”

The Emergency Operations team with representatives from the CVRD, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and Village of Cumberland are working together to collaborate on response measures and best practices. The EOC is standing by if support is requested at the federal or provincial level and information will continue to be shared as it comes available at: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/covid19.


March 16, 2020 Update

Municipal Office Closed to Public Access

The Village of Cumberland is closing the Municipal Office, Cumberland Recreation, Fire Hall, and Public Works Yard to the public effective 3:00 pm on March 16, 2020 until further notice.

This pre-cautionary measure is in support of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Ministry of Health and their efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Village services and other core business services are continuing. Please call or email the office and your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate department:

  • By phone at 250-336-2291
  • By email to info@nullcumberland.ca
  • Through the website at cumberland.ca. Please call if you can’t find what you are looking for.

Services Contacts:

Find out more Village contacts.


March 16, 2020 Update

Cumberland Closing Recreation Facilities Until Further Notice

For the health and safety of residents, the Village of Cumberland is taking the precautionary measure of closing Cumberland Recreation at 3 pm on Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice in support of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the BC Ministry of Health and their efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Included in this closure:

  • Spring break camps will be running on Monday, March 16, 2020 until 3 pm. All spring break camp programs will be cancelled after today.
  • All facility bookings and programming at Cumberland Recreation and at Moncrief Hall in the Cultural Centre are cancelled.

All Cumberland Recreation memberships will be put on hold until further notice. The period of the closure will be added to your membership.

Find out more about Cumberland Recreation.


March 13, 2020 Update

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially classified the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The BC Centre of Disease Control advises that the risk to Canadians continues to be low.

The Province of BC coordinates the roles of all external agencies during a pandemic event. Provincial and Federal Health Authorities are the lead agencies for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

For information on symptoms, prevention, and containment of COVID-19 virus, please refer to the BC Centre of Disease Control and Canada Health.

The Role of Local Government During a Pandemic

The Village has begun coordinating business continuity plans for essential core municipal services, such as water, sewer and fire protection.

To support the prevention of spread of the virus, the following initial actions have been taken by the Village:

  1. Increased cleaning of Village facilities, including Cumberland Recreation.
  2. Recreation programs and services will continue as scheduled. Patrons are asked to wash your hands often with soap and water, avoid touching your face with your hands, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and stay home when you are sick. Check cumberland.ca news and the Cumberland Recreation Facebook for program updates.

You are welcome to conduct business with the Village by phone at 250-336-2291 or email and make online utility payments through your financial institution where available.

The Village of Cumberland is collaborating with the Comox Valley Emergency Program and other local governments in the region.

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