Three hotels close in Richmond during health emergency

Richmond News

Three hotels with a thousand beds in Richmond have been closed and more may follow due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The BC Hotel Association expects two-thirds of hotels across the province to close over the next few months as tourists cancel travel plans and YVR traffic is cut in half.

While the Accent Inn in Richmond is being redeployed either for health-care workers or for quarantining, The Marriott, the Hilton and River Rock have closed, explained Nancy Small, CEO of Tourism Richmond, to the Richmond COVID-19 Task Force on Monday morning. …

The Richmond COVID-19 Task Force is co-chaired by Chun and Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and includes politicians, business leaders and senior staff from the city and school board.

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CCTV cameras coming to Richmond intersections

Richmond News

New traffic intersection cameras are being installed in Richmond with restrictions set by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) to ensure they’re not used for “generic surveillance.”

While Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he doesn’t understand why people would object to their photos being taken while out in public, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) points out the public is allowed a certain level of anonymity – and expect it – even when outside.

The cameras – otherwise known as “closed-circuit TV cameras” (CCTV) – at 110 intersections around Richmond will be set so they don’t capture people’s faces and license plates, and the data will need to be managed by the city, not police, as recommended by the OIPC.

Brodie, however, said when people are driving in a public place, he doesn’t understand their “aversion” to having their picture taken.

“I say if you’re in a public place, you’re in public, it’s just that simple,” Brodie said. …

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City of Richmond granted further powers under province’s emergency orders

Richmond News

The emergency orders announced by B.C. Thursday will provide Richmond with more powers, according to the city.

The city says those new measures are also in line with the steps Richmond is taking to combat COVID-19.

On Thursday, issued as orders under the Emergency Program Act, the provincial government set up a new supply chain team to control the distribution and sale of essential goods during the coronavirus pandemic, and suspended municipal states of emergency – with the exception of Vancouver – so that there would be a cohesive, rather than “patchwork,” response across B.C.

Those measures are in line with Richmond’s priorities, according to the city.

“The alignment of our priorities will maximize both the province’s and Richmond’s success in addressing COVID-19 and aiding those significantly impacted,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“We are strategizing how to swiftly support provincial efforts, while we continue to keep the best interests of everyone in our community, including Richmond businesses, a priority.” …

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Richmond leaders strike COVID-19 task force

Richmond News

With about 10 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Richmond and some community transmission detected, a task force of community leaders was struck on Monday to share information about the effects of the globally declared pandemic.

The Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force is being co-chaired by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and Fan Chun, chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.

The group includes city managers, public health, school board officials, tourism and media outlets, including Richmond News publisher Alvin Chow. …

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Richmond announces playground closures due to COVID-19

Richmond News

Richmond has joined other municipalities in closing all public playgrounds and school properties to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The city’s playgrounds and properties will be closed until further notice.

“Public playgrounds on City of Richmond and RichmondSD38 properties are closed until further notice. This measure is necessary to respond to public health authority recommendation of practicing social distancing,” said the city Friday in a post on Twitter.

The city is posting notices letting the public know playgrounds are closed.

The decision followed Thursday’s meeting where Richmond city council declared a state of emergency and Mayor Malcolm Brodie authorized a 30-day shut down for city hall as of March 23. …

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These are the Metro Vancouver cities that have declared states of emergency

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has surpassed 270, several cities in Metro Vancouver have declared states of emergency to combat the virus’ spread.

The province has declared its own state of emergency, but establishing one at a municipal level can help cities take local action like cracking down on restaurants that aren’t following health recommendations, preventing panic buying or introducing measures to protect homeless residents.

Here are the cities that have declared a local state of emergency. …


Richmond made a declaration of an emergency during a special council meeting held Thursday. Under the declaration, city hall will be closed to the public for 30 days as of March 23, with the exception of council meetings, public hearings and standing committee meetings.

“These are difficult and unprecedented times,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a news release.

“The precautions, closures of facilities and cancellation of programs over the past several days have been made in the best interest and wellbeing of our residents and employees, and through the recommendations and direction of our public health officials. The emergency declaration made today allows council to act quickly and effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.” …

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Richmond declares emergency, shuts down city hall

Richmond News

Richmond city council voted unanimously to declare an emergency on Thursday evening, giving the city the ability to use any power it has to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This was followed by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie authorizing city hall to shut down for 30 days as of Monday. He said he hoped it could reopen sooner, but he said he expected the pandemic to continue longer than a month. …

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Richmond plans to declare emergency

Richmond News

Richmond council is calling a special meeting on Thursday to declare an emergency in the city. This is to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that is currently spreading globally and locally.

The declaration will allow the city to enhance its preparedness to deal with outbreak, which has been ruled a pandemic by the World Health Organization. …

The declaration will allow the city to make adjustments in personnel with a partial or full shutdown of city hall, if warranted, explained Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

This will allow employees to work from home or be more flexible in their work routines as the situation evolves, he added.

Brodie said he’s pleased with the edicts coming from the provincial government, with the closure of some establishments and the focus on social distancing.

“I think we’re taking some very decisive steps,” he said. “But we may need to do more.” …

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Coronavirus prompts extra hygiene, cleaning steps at Richmond city facilities

Richmond News

Richmond Coun. Harold Steves suggested in a Twitter post on Friday that the borders should be closed in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

But Mayor Malcolm Brodie isn’t necessarily ready to push for such extreme measures, saying closing the border would be “pretty draconian.”

“We do have to be careful but that would be somewhat too forceful at this point,” Brodie said. …

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Richmond unveils winning banner designs

Richmond News

The winning designs of Richmond’s Street Banner Contest have been revealed and are on display at the Richmond City Hall’s atrium.

The new banners will fly high on street light poles across Richmond starting this week until early 2021.

“It is wonderful to see such a robust and active artistic community in Richmond, and we’re fortunate to have these winning designs decorate our city streets,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie.

“Community engagement and the arts are important to Council and this contest is one of the many ways residents can participate in beautifying our city.” …

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