The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has received funding support from the Ministry of Agriculture to continue coordinating COVID-19 safety precautions at Loose Bay Campground near Oliver, BC.
The $60,000 in funding will help cover costs associated with hiring an RDOS COVID-19 coordinator, cleaning and hygiene measures, as well as printing educational materials and signage. The RDOS shares the Province’s recognition of the importance of providing seasonal accommodations for domestic temporary workers who support farms and tree planting.
“Domestic temporary workers are a designated essential service and they are a crucial and appreciated resource in maintaining part of the food supply system,” says RDOS Chair Karla Kozakevich.
“Providing seasonal accommodations at Loose Bay Campground helps agricultural workers remain safe and available for service.” The RDOS will continue working with the Province, Interior Health, industry representatives, and local elected officials to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The RDOS is also in regular communication with the Province to identify ways to minimize the health and safety risks posed by the current practice of open camping in the region. Senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture will be working with farmers and industry associations to ensure farmers understand their responsibilities as employers to promote community and worker health and safety during this time. Once workers arrive at a safe site, they’re encouraged to stay local and avoid all non-essential travel.