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05.06.2020.Ditidaht COVID19 Recovery Plan


As of May 4, 2020, 124 cases of COVID-19 have been reported by Island Health. Ditidaht Chief and Council will follow Dr. Bonnie Henry’s recommendations as far implementing a Recovery Stage from COVID-19 and will do a phased approach to slowly lifting restrictions within the Ditidaht Community, as follows;


Phase One – Starting May 11, 2020 – Community Services staff will start their hours of work 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. The Recreation Worker will ensure continued practicing of social distancing by having only 5 participants at a time for recreation with the children.

Administration staff will be in the office Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm but will continue to have the doors closed. If anyone wants to discuss any administration concerns, please see Jeneen at Community Services. Mail and cheque distributions will be at the Community Services building. We will be working with the NTC Nurses and Dr. Troy McLeod on getting medical services back to Ditidaht. Dr. McLeod can be reached at 250-732-7901 for a consult in the meantime.

NRO, Fisheries and Housing will back to their normal work hours and will continue doing their work with the doors closed; you can give them a call at the office 250-745-3333. For Public Works, two staff will go back to their normal work hours.

Community members and staff will continue to follow social distancing and safety measures. Ditidaht will continue monitoring the entrance of the reserve by staff and volunteers; and the weekly groceries continue to happen during this time so that we have the reduced trips into town while we watch how the reducing restrictions in BC is going with the corona virus.

DEDC JCP Workers will not go to Public Works but rather straight to the campground. Daycare opens only to the families that require daycare due to work. Our daycare manager will do some guidelines of running the daycare in the safest way.

The size restrictions of public and private gatherings will remain at a maximum of 10 people.


Phase Two – Starting May 18, 2020 – Contractors for Nitinaht Store will practice all social distancing and will continue work at the store that must be done. Chris Barker and Anne Pettet will arrange for the contractors and DEDC to come back into community and get the homes ready for occupancy.

The size restrictions will remain at 10 people.


Phase Three – Date to Be Determined in opening Nitinaht Store for essential services of food. Restrictions of non-essential travel will be eased. Until Phase 3 is implemented, staff will keep the doors locked at Administration, NRO, Fisheries and Housing.

Capacity limits will remain in some facilities, such as Nitinaht Store, to have a 50% of their regular capacity.


Phase Four – Date to Be Determined in opening school. Close down of the monitoring stations and grocery distribution

Everyone to continue social distancing during this Recovery stage.

  • Maintain 6 feet between other staff
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Sneeze, cough, into your arm/elbow or into a tissue/Kleenex
  • Avoid touching the face area
  • Clean and disinfect workstations frequently
  • If you have a new cough, fever or find it is hard to breath call 811