By Steve Hubrecht
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The District of Invermere has temporarily closed its municipal office to the public in the wake of the local COVID-19 outbreak.

The district posted a notice to this effect on Monday, April 12, outlining that the move is a precaution.

“We’re doing what we’ve been trying to do for the past year plus and keep our staff and citizens protected,” Invermere mayor Al Miller told the Pioneer. “It’s best to try and hunker down a bit.”

Although the office door is closed, municipal services will continue. “We’re still open for business, it’s just not a free-for-all walk in the front door any time you want anymore. People can make appointments, call, or email to do transactions,” said Miller.

Services will be offered online through the district’s website, by email, and over the phone during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Property taxes and other municipal bills can still be paid either through cheque, which can be placed through the mail slot at the office entrance, as well as through online banking. Items such as dog tags can wait to be purchased until the office reopens.

Updated on the office closure will appear on the district’s website and on its Facebook page.