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Provincial Orders: Prince George bylaw officers deployed, city councillors can complete three readings in one meeting

City following provincial orders from Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix
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The City of Prince George has announced they will now be enforcing provincial orders from Dr. Bonnie Henry. (via City of Prince George)

Prince George has announced some big changes being implemented in the city, following orders delivered last week by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and the B.C. government. 

In a release today (March 31), the city says the following orders are now being enforced during the provincial state of emergency: 

BYLAW SERVICES

The city says bylaw officers are now allowed to enforce provincially-issued orders by Dr. Henry.

This action will involve providing information to residents and monitoring facilities that have been closed.

A full list of public health orders, notices and guidance can be found from the Government of B.C. online

Anyone that believes an order is not being followed can call 311 or email 311@princegeorge.ca.

COUNCIL MEETINGS

In another change, city council will host meetings without any public in the gallery through one of the provincial orders. 

The city says this will also make it easier for officials to meet through electronic options available instead of in person. 

Prince George councillors will also be able to finish three readings and adoption of certain bylaws in one meeting.

Before, they were required to hold multiple council meetings. 

They will consider options for how to move forward at its next meeting scheduled for Monday (April 6). 

CIVIC FACILITIES AND LOCATIONS

The city says it's working with the Prince George Farmers Market Association to still operate its food vendors without having to open the city-owned building on Third Avenue. 

Dr. Henry deemed Farmers' Markets as an essential food service providers. 

The city is working with the association and the Wilson Square Community Market to establish parameters for when its outdoor markets are open, usually in May, but can change with any future orders from Dr. Henry.