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Richmond’s COVID-19 task force meets

By Lorraine Graves

Published 3:13 PDT, Mon March 23, 2020

The Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force held its first meeting this morning. 

Co-chaired by Mayor Malcolm Brodie and the chamber’s Fan Chun, the task force features about 30 community members. 

Meeting once a week via conference call, they aim to provide information from various community institutions and keep the community informed.

Task force members include representatives from the city, the airport, public health, business, the school district and Tourism Richmond. 

Following the closure of city hall to the public, city council will allow for teleconferencing, and many meetings will happen online. The city will reduce fees on credit card payments and will no longer accept cash payments until fall. 

Payment due dates on flat rate utility bills are also being extended. Mayor Brodie suggested people check with the city’s website, richmond.ca, which also has the latest information from the BC Centre for Disease Control. 

The city has also redeployed bylaw officers to enforce some provincial measures related to the pandemic. 

At the airport, keeping two metres of separation is important. “Please minimize the number of people coming to airport—for instance, those saying goodbye,” said Vancouver International Airport CEO Craig Richmond.

The Chamber of Commerce has daily calls with the federal government, said executive director Matt Pitcairn. These calls include representatives from up to 600 small business across the country.

“We are doing everything we can to get clarity on information coming from senior levels of government,” said Pitcairn.

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