Town Hall reopening plan starts June 5 Print Article Font Size
In alignment with the Province’s BC Restart Plan, the Town of Golden will begin its next phase of reopening on June 5. This will include the reopening of Town Hall, Council Meetings to the public, and public playgrounds. Protocols to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission will be in place.
 
“The health and safety of our employees and the residents we serve and interact with, is our number one priority,” said Mayor Ron Oszust. “We ask that members of the public remain patient as we enter this new phase of reopening.”
 
Here is what you need to know about the Town of Golden’s next phase of re-opening:
 
Town Hall
 
“We are implementing several new practices to ensure the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors,” explained Jon Wilsgard, Chief Administrative Officer. “While visiting Town Hall might look a little different and take a little longer, our staff is here to serve you.”
 
Town Hall will reopen to the public starting Friday, June 5 for Monday to Friday service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some restrictions will be in place to protect both staff and residents while maintaining physical distancing and ensuring all common touch surfaces are frequently sanitized.
 
If you plan on visiting Town Hall, please be aware of the following changes:
  • Only two people will be permitted in the foyer at any one time.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the front door, please sanitize your hands before entering the building.
  • Practice physical distancing. Please keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) between you and the next person in line.
  • Do not enter the building if you are sick or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

The Town of Golden asks residents to take advantage of the alternative options to in-person services that are available:
  • Call us: if you have questions or need assistance, call us at 250-344-2271 Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Email us:
    • Business licenses: businesslicense@golden.ca
    • Bylaw infractions: bylaw@golden.ca
    • All other inquiries: inquiries@golden.ca or visit golden.ca/contacts
  • Home Owner Grants (HOG): the HOG can be claimed online at golden.ca/homeownergrant or by completing the paper application and inserting it in the mail slot at Town Hall.
  • Payment options: pay online through online banking or with a cheque or money order using the mail slot at Town Hall or through the mail. For more information on payment options, including how to set up online payments through your online banking, visit golden.ca/onlineservices.
  • Visit us online at golden.ca
 
Council Meetings
 
Council meetings will reopen to the public starting June 16. Based on the size of Council Chambers, we will be strictly limiting participants, including elected officials and staff. Seats will be spaced out to accommodate physical distancing.
 
For meetings that may result in larger attendance such as Public Hearings, Council meetings may be held at the Golden Civic Centre to accommodate more people. The next Council meeting to be held on June 16 will include a Public Hearing and will take place at the Golden Civic Centre at 1:15 p.m.
 
To view Council agendas and meeting minutes, visit golden.civicweb.net.
 
Playgrounds

“We know local families are eager to return to playgrounds,” said Jordan Petrovics, Manager of Recreation Services. “It’s important for parents and visitors of parks and playgrounds to read all posted signage and adhere to the guidelines. Playgrounds are high-touch point structures and will not be disinfected or cleaned after use. Please keep this in mind when visiting these areas.”
 
When visiting playgrounds, please adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Playgrounds are high-touch point structures. These play areas are not disinfected or cleaned after use. Carry and use your own hand sanitizer before and after using playground equipment.
  • If the playground is busy, try another park or come back later.
  • Keep your distance (2 metres apart) and limit congregating in groups when supervising children.
  • Encourage children to avoid sharing toys or sports equipment and limit contact with people outside of their home or pandemic bubble.
  • If bringing your children's toys or sports equipment to the park, clean and disinfect before and after use.

The spray park will open by Wednesday, June 10 and will follow the same guidelines as playgrounds.

For a full list of what is open and what might still be closed, as well as additional resources, visit golden.ca/covid19.