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In response to the COVID -19 pandemic, the RDOS Board of directors made a number of resolutions that will impact how the RDOS conducts its business.

  • All Public Information Meetings (PIMs) in accordance with the Development Procedures Bylaw are suspended for a concurrent time period of the Provincial Health Emergency.

  • All Advisory Planning Commission meetings are cancelled indefinitely.

  • On a temporary basis, all land use matters will now be referred directly to the Board for decision.

  • Parks and Recreation Commission meetings are cancelled until further notice.

  • All recreation facilities and community halls are closed indefinitely.

  • All parks and recreation programming and events are suspended indefinitely.


I have been working with staff on how our communities can stay connected while adhering to social distancing guidelines.  

The upcoming annual Easter Egg Hunt and Selby Grand Opening celebrations will definitely have a new look.   We have also been working on a public engagement meeting for the new Greater West Bench transit system, introduction to our new Super Intendant Brian Hunter and fire smart projects - those too will have a new look. We will be in touch.   


The Regional District and its member municipalities are taking aggressive steps to address the threat of COVID-19. The role of the RDOS is to keep core services functional in light of potential staff shortages.  Essential services, such as water and wastewater treatment systems, public transit and solid waste collection and treatment, are the primary focus of RDOS staff.  


All communications will be coordinated through the Emergency Communication Coordinators, on RDOS websites and RDOS social media pages.  

Latest Information Releases:

  • Landfill remains open - regular hours, NO CASH, credit or debit only.

  • Sign up for CivicReady (this is VERY important).

  • RDOS facilities are closed to the public until further notice. This includes corporate and satellite offices, recreation facilities and community/fire halls.'

  • Do NOT flush 'flushable’ antiseptic wipes or similar products down the toilet.  The last thing we need are clogged sewer lines or failing septic systems.  These products should be disposed of in your regular curbside garbage. 


Call ahead before you visit your family clinic or walk-in clinic


South Okanagan Similkameen family physicians and nurse practitioners are asking all patients to call ahead before visiting a family medicine clinic. It is essential to inform the clinic of any with any flu-like or respiratory symptoms you are experiencing over the phone prior to your arrival. The clinic will provide you with instructions on how to proceed.


By calling ahead, you help the medical staff prepare for your visit and reduce the spread of germs.


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For more information and recommendations on what to do if you feel sick, please visit

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