Kelowna will continue with planned infrastructure projects

Construction going ahead

The City of Kelowna is moving ahead with planned capital improvement projects scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.

Included on this list, 15 kilometres of repaving work slated to begin in May, the fifth and sixth phases of the Ethel Street active transportation corridor, Phase 1 of the Pandosy Waterfront Park and several crosswalk and sidewalk improvement projects.

The province announced Thursday morning an updated list of essential services in the context of COVID-19 response and recovery.

The government stated businesses not ordered to close who are not identified on the essential services list, may remain operating as long as they adhere to guidelines laid out by the Provincial Health Officer.

Risk manager Lance Kayfish says the city is adhering to those guidelines and will go ahead with construction projects.

Of course, Kayfish says those directives from the province are continually being updated, and notes the city will follow whatever direction the health officer deems necessary.

To date, the city has only shut down recreational facilities, resulting in the layoff of 69 part-time and casual employees.

Other operations within the city remain staffed, however, most city facilities are closed to the public.

Kayfish did say the city has taken some additional measures to try and reduce the spread of the virus.

Typically, he says two or more people may carpool to a job site. Kayfish says employees are now required to travel one per vehicle.

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