Revelstoke COVID-19 update, March 31

The Mountaineer’s daily COVID-19 update is a community collaboration, providing a centralized information resource highlighting Revelstoke’s response to the public health and economic crisis.

In today’s update Revelstoke mayor Gary Sulz provides a video update on the city’s response to COVID-19, Revelstoke RCMP say they continue to prioritize community safety, the Revelstoke Chamber is keeping track of businesses still open to the public and the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative moves some of its programs online.

Mayor’s update: emergency planning top priority for council


Revelstoke mayor Gary Sulz said emergency planning is a top priority for city council.

In a March 31 video update, Sulz said both Revelstoke city council and staff continue to “work with the province and Interior Health to put put measures in place that will protect and provide comfort to the residents of Revelstoke.”

“Our community is working together to protect the health and safety of our residents and I am really proud of all our efforts. The attitude that we are all in this together is really shining through. It is everyone’s responsibly to continue to follow government regulations,” said Sulz.

Highlights of the video address include:

-As of March 22, the city’s Emergency Operations Centre is elevated to a Level Two in an effort to moderate the event and create a complete list of external agencies involved.

-The city is working with the province on a plan to offer facilities to meet the needs of the community, if required.

– City council approved a loan authorization bylaw that allows the municipality to borrow money for city operations if required.

– Council adopted the financial plan bylaw with an understanding that amendments can be made throughout the year if required.

You can read the full text of the mayor’s video address here.

Revelstoke Local Food Initiative moves programming online

Photo: Revelstoke Local Food Initiative

The Revelstoke Local Food Initiative has made some changes to its programming due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. This includes creating a resources page with information on local food access and moving some programming online.

In a statement on its website, the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative (LFI) states “ we believe that now, more than ever, our local food system will play an important role in the future of our community.”

Here is a look at some of the LFI’s programming changes :

Community gardens

The LFI is offering plots at both the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre Community Garden and the Downtown Community Garden. More information on the Community Gardens can be found here.

Garden guru series

The Garden Guru program is a series of workshops on garden and food-gathering topics hosted by local experts. The series has moved online for the 2020 season. Check out the LFI’s Facebook and Instagram for more information.

 LFI Farmers Market

The LFI is currently working through the details of the 2020 farmers market. See our March 26 Covid-19 Daily Newsletter for a story on the B.C. government’s announcement to provide limited funding to help farmers markets transition to online sales.

Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce creates list of businesses still open

Revelstoke’s restaurants are currently closed to in-house dining, but many are offering pick up and delivery services. The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of businesses still open in the city. File Photo: Cara Smith/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Having trouble keeping track of which Revelstoke businesses are still open? The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce has compiled a list of businesses currently still open to the public. You can find the list here.

The chamber has also created a Facebook page, Revy Info, to help support the business community, and to communicate with the public about which businesses are open.

Community safety remains a priority for Revelstoke RCMP

Revelstoke RCMP parade past the Revelstoke Museum during the 2019 Canada Day Parade. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Revelstoke RCMP say the safety of everyone in the community remains a priority.

The Revelstoke Mountaineer reached out to the Revelstoke RCMP to ask if the local police detachment had made any adaptations to protect both police officers and the general public in light of the current situation with COVID-19.

“The key message that the Revelstoke detachment would like to relay to the public is that the RCMP is dedicated to providing quality policing services to the community of Revelstoke,” RCMP St/Sgt Kurt Grabinsky wrote in an emailed response.

Grabinsky said the RCMP is taking steps to maintain its policing duties during the COVID-19 outbreak. They are monitoring the situation and engaging with partners such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, BC Minsitry of Health and Interior Health, to ensure a coordinated response. Grabinsky stated that as an emergency response agency the RCMP has existing protocols and procedures in place to deal with health situations, including the current COVID-19 outbreak. This includes preparedeness on-line training, ensuring all personnel have personal protective equipment available to them and using that equipment where appropriate.

“As police officers we routinely have to take precautions due to contacts with individuals and communicable diseases. Our members deal with exposure to bodily fluids and other hazards regularly, so our training and procedures have always focussed on reducing those risks (ie. we plan, prepare, prevent and protect),” said Grabinsky.

Have an update on COVID-19 you want to share?

Revelstoke, we need your help to keep the daily COVID-19 updates going. Each day, we will compile newsworthy local briefs about COVID-19, highlighting Revelstoke’s response. Do you have a story to share? Maybe you know someone who has gone above by offering to help out those who are isolated due to COVID-19? We want to know about it!

How can I make a submission?

The Mountaineer is only accepting submissions for the daily Revelstoke COVID-19 update via our Submit-A-Story feature (here’s the link). All submissions require a photo and a write-up of around 200 words.

Due to limited resources emailed submissions will not be accepted for inclusion in the daily update.

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at