SENIORS’ SCENE: Closing facility a difficult decision

Kent Street Activity Centre aiming to reopen as soon as possible

The Kent Street Activity Centre and all City of White Rock buildings are closed as we deal with this public-health emergency.

The practice of social distancing, staying one to two metres from the next person, is so critical to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Closing our city buildings to the public was a difficult decision to make, however, the health and safety of our residents and employees is the city’s top concern. The City of White Rock is continuing to offer city services by phone, email and online.

We will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so and we will follow the lead of our health authorities.

For many of you who utilize transit services, please note that TransLink is following the lead of health officials when it comes to its response to COVID-19. They are closely monitoring the situation and remain in contact with regional health authorities to determine best practices and ensure an appropriate response. Visit translink.ca for more information.

• The Kent Street Activity Centre is having to postpone our free community income tax service to low-income seniors. When things get better, please check out www.canada.ca/taxes-help to see which organizations will be starting up their clinics again.

• Remember, the most important thing you can do to prevent COVID-19 is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth.

You can also practise respiratory etiquette and social distancing.

If you don’t have access to the internet, Health Link BC is your provincial health line if you have any questions about COVID-19.

It is as close as your phone any time of the day or night, every day of the year. Call 811 toll-free in B.C., or for the deaf and hard of hearing, call 711.

• Some of the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found through referencing informed, evidence-based medical-service provider sources. Here are some sites to check out if you have access to the internet: BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool, BC Centre for Disease Control, Fraser Health, HealthLink BC, World Health Organization, Government of Canada.

To all our Kent Street Activity Centre members, remember we are all in this together!

Be safe, practise self care, get some fresh air and we will see you back at the Centre soon!

The Kent Street Activity Centre, located at 1475 Kent St., is open to people 55 years of age or better. For information, call 604-541-2231.

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