In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Island Health is temporarily suspending pay parking for the public, staff and medical staff, at all health authority owned and operated sites, effective April 1, 2020 until further notice.
Island Health pay parking machines require individuals to touch screens and buttons that may have been touched by someone previously. Discontinuing the use of pay parking machines reduces the risk of potential spread of infection and also supports physical distancing measures that have been mandated by the Provincial Health Officer.
To ensure equitability for all staff and medical staff, whether they are working from home or at health authority sites, Island Health is also temporarily suspending payroll deductions for parking fees.
In addition, B.C. Transit ProPass payroll deductions for staff and medical staff are being temporarily suspended in communities where B.C. Transit has suspended paid transit.
Island Health reminds everyone about the importance of physical distancing, which means limiting close contact from others by staying 2 metres away from others outside our homes, frequent handwashing, using virtual options to connect with others, limiting shopping to only essential outings, avoiding large gatherings, and staying home if you are sick.
For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit: islandhealth.ca/covid19.