On June 24th, Permier John Horgan and BC's Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced the onset of Phase 3 of the COVID-19 Restart Plan. Fernie welcomes visitors, but with trip planning and safety in mind. While Fernie has worked hard to reopen and is excited to welcome visitors back, it is important to plan ahead and keep safety in mind.
Businesses, social enterprises and the workforce in the Columbia Basin now have access to even more support to help them in these challenging times. In response to ongoing COVID-19-related developments—including the re-opening of many businesses—Columbia Basin Trust is expanding the ways it can help people and businesses move forward.
The church bell in Fernie will ring this evening at 7pm during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak to recognize and thank health care workers, first responders, small business owners, delivery truck drivers, and other essential workers for their efforts and sacrifices.
For over a hundred years, the bell of the landmark Catholic Church has rung on significant occasions. The gentle evening sounds help assure families to be kind and to prioritize health, safety and well-being.
Members of the Hosmer Fire Department responded to a quickly spreading grass fire in the Hosmer area this afternoon.
“In spite of the Provincial ban on open burning, a property owner was burning yard waste on his property,” explains Elk Valley and South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Michael Hockley. “When we arrived on scene, the fire had spread into the grass and onto two adjacent properties. We were very lucky the situation wasn’t more serious and our firefighters did a good job of extinguishing the fire.” No structures were impacted by the fire.
Tonight, the Catholic Churches in both Fernie and Sparwood will ring their bells at 7pm to show appriecation for all essential workers in our communities.
The iconic Catholic Church in Fernie has traditionally rung its bells to mark occasions such as weekly church services, weddings and funersl, but it has also used this community bell to mark occasions such as the end of World War II, the Olympic Torch passing through Fernie, and in 2018 the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War.
The RDEK Board of Directors has unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Provincial Health Officer to introduce stronger measures and provide additional clarity around travel between communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), BC is unable to screen all symptomatic patients or potential exposures. As per provincial recommendations, IF you have been out of the country (including the United States) in the past 2 weeks, you are advised to self-quarantine at home.