COVID-19 – Statement from VRCA


Dear member,

Like all of you, we’ve been monitoring the evolving impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). While the World Health Organization is now characterizing COVID-19 as a pandemic, it’s important to emphasize that B.C’s Provincial Health Officer says the risk to British Columbians remains low and has not recommended canceling group events.

As a valued member of VRCA, your safety has always been, and remains, a high priority for us. It is for this reason that I am sharing what we’re doing to help keep our visitors, guests and staff safe from risks associated with the virus.

VRCA office: To promote a more hygienic visit, we have placed hand-sanitizers in our lobby and within the Planroom. We are also ensuring soap dispensers remain well stocked. Concurrently, we have increased the sanitization of door handles and have stepped up cleaning in the training and board rooms, restrooms and other shared common spaces.

Education (classroom courses): To support “social distancing,” we have reconfigured the training room so that each student has their own desk, separate from other course attendees. We have also arranged for all food items – sandwiches and snacks – to be packaged separately.

Construction Leadership Forum: We are working with the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to understand the steps they are taking to manage the safety and health of all guests.

Meetings and networking events: Where a meeting or event lends itself to online participation, such as a Division meeting or an Infrastructure Series presentation, we are developing plans for remote viewing and will update participants if we decide to move to that format.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow the advice of public health officers regarding mass gatherings. In the event there is risk associated with bringing members together, we may cancel or postpone a course or event. In those instances, we will notify registrants immediately and apply flexibility to any registration changes.

To support members during these times, we are maintaining a COVID-19 resource page where you will find links to resources for both companies and individuals. Each of us can help slow the spread of this virus by washing our hands often, by practicing social distancing and by staying home when sick.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate and respond to the situation. Please call us at 604.294.3766 if you have questions or concerns.

Regards,

Fiona Famulak
President

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