By Steve Hubrecht
steve@columbiavalleypioneer.com

Invermere council members and staff discussed the district’s updated COVID-19 safety plan during the most recent council meeting.

“District staff have done some work to review and update our COVID-19 safety plan protocols,” said Invermere chief administrative officer Andrew Young during the Tuesday, Dec. 8 council meeting, adding staff “have determined some of them will need tweaking.” Young noted in particular that the district needs to update its existing ‘‘working alone’ policy, and needs to develop a ‘working from home’ policy.

“The most visible change resulting from the provincial health officer’s order (in November) is that district staff are required to wear face masks in most places at work and definitely when they are in public areas. Further, any member of the public who wishes to enter a district building or facility is required to wear a face mask, unless they are unable to do so,” wrote Young in a report to council, adding that district has put up signs about the mandatory masks at all its buildings and facilities and has now implemented daily worker health checks for all district staff.

In terms of the ‘working alone’ and ‘working from home’ policies, Young outlined that “district staff will be reviewing and developing those policies and intends to present them to the municipality’s joint health and safety committee before bringing them to Invermere’s council for consideration.”