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Op/Ed: Non-medical cloth masks are your choice during COVID-19

Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry said a non-medical cloth mask or face covering, while helpful in containing your own droplets, will not protect you from COVID-19, nor is wearing one required of you if you can keep your safe distance from others.

By Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer

From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have regularly seen people choose to wear a variety of masks, from medical masks to cloth face coverings, in grocery stores and parks, on buses and sidewalks.

As we all look to protect our loved ones and ourselves, many have asked if this is the right thing to do.

One fatality reported in Redfish structure fire

RCMP said investigators are treating the blaze as suspicious in nature at this time.

RCMP is reporting that one person has died in a fire south of Balfour early Wednesday morning.

The media release said shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday Nelson RCMP were notified of a structure fire at a home in the 6100-block of Sykes Road, approximately six kilometers south of Balfour near Redfish.

RCMP said attending firefighters from Balfour Harrop Fire Department, who were assisted by North Shore Fire Department, discovered human remains inside the home during a search of the structure following the blaze.

Massive vehicle fire closes Hwy 3

Photos By Jennifer Small

Highway 3 toward Grand Forks was closed yesterday afternoon after a vehiclke caught fire, according to Fire Chief Sam Lattanzio.

He said the call came in at roughly 3:40 p.m. Wednesday and crews arrived on scene by 3:48 p.m., with 10 firefighters, including Lattanzio.

"When I arrived on scene, it was fully engulfed," he said, adding it was a Ford Excursion towing a storage trailer. "Traffic was stopped in both directions.

"We knocked it down fairly quickly, but the vehicle was a total write-off," he added. "The sole occupant, the driver, was unharmed.

Police arrest woman for attempted armed robbery of Trail business

Trail and Greater District RCMP continue their criminal investigation into an apparent armed robbery attempt late Wednesday evening.

On April 8 at 9:42 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report of an attempted armed robbery of a business in the 1100-block of Bay Avenue in Trail. RCMP learned that a lone female suspect entered into the business, displayed a firearm and demanded money from an employee.

NCC conservation lands closed to public

Walks through conservation properties like Darkwoods will have to wait after Nature Conservancy of Canada announced the closure Thursday due to COVID-19 pandemic. - photo courtesy Gordon MacPHerson

As a result of the current impact of COVID-19, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has announced the closure of all its conservation properties and trails to the public until further notice, including the likes of the former Darkwoods property between Nelson and Creston.

Advisories have been placed on the organization’s website and social media channels.

“We urge residents to follow public health advisories and stay at home and respect physical distancing guidelines at all times,” said John Lounds, president and CEO for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Police seek information about early morning armed robbery/assault/car theft in Castlegar

RCMP continue to search for armed suspects, and a stolen SUV following an early morning armed robbery at a Castlegar home.

On April 8,  just before 4 a.m., Castlegar RCMP received a report of a violent break and enter to a residence located in the 2600-block of 5 Avenue. The criminal investigation remains in the early stages, however police have learned that as many as three unknown male suspects gained entry into the private residence and confronted the occupants, a man and a woman, who had been asleep inside.

BC Parks closing all provincial parks due to COVID-19

The closure responds to both the federal and provincial directives that people should stay close to home to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk. - Screenshot photo

BC Parks is immediately closing all provincial parks in response to the widespread call for increased action to address COVID-19.

The closure responds to both the federal and provincial directives that people should stay close to home to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk. This temporary measure means people should not be going to provincial parks until further notice.

Early prohibition of fires, fireworks throughout BC: UPDATED

Fire photo by Meritt Thomas via Unsplash

In addition to the earlier announcement of an early burning ban across the province to begin on April 16, the province has issued open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province until Wednesday, April 15, 2020. These restrictions are directly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect pollutants have on viral respiratory infections.

COVID-19 sparks additional protections for inland ferries

Ferries in the West Kootenay that will see these changes include Glade and Harrop cable ferries as well as the Kootenay Lake Ferry between Balfour and Kootenay Bay.

Under new guidelines set by Transport Canada to reduce and mitigate the risks of COVID-19, the provincial government announced additional safety measures Monday that are now in place for the Province’s inland ferry system to help protect the safety of passengers and crew.

Effective immediately, passengers boarding inland ferries must comply with the following changes: