Sign and sanitizer at the entrance of the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine boardroom, May 22, 2020. The RDKS office is now open to the public. (Ben Bogstie)

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine office in Terrace is now open to the public

The office has been closed since March 17 due to COVID-19

You can now pay utility bills, buy bag tags for rural roadside garbage collection and get assistance with planning in person at the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) office.

On June 1, the RDKS main office at 4545 Lazelle Ave. in Terrace opened to the public.

However, things at the office are not totally back to normal yet. Public access will only be offered at reduced hours – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for now.

“This is new for us, this is new for everyone,” said Margaret Kujat, communications coordinator at the regional district.

“I think most of the public and most of our staff have adapted to this quite well.”

Visitors are encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment with staff. To adhere to physical distancing guidelines, only two visitors at a time will be allowed at the front desk.

The regional district asks that visitors that feel unwell, or have recently travelled outside B.C. to avoid coming to the office in person.

District waste management facilities are an essential service and remain open with the appropriate and physical distancing and signage in place.

The Thornhill Fire Hall, Thornhill Community Centre, Thornhill Animal Shelter and the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre and all other facilities will remain closed until they can be safely reopened.

At the May 22 meeting of the regional district board, the RDKS introduced measures so that members of the public could attend. Staff measured the boardroom and created sitting space for four members of the public.

READ MORE: Regional district puts COVID-19 safeguards in place


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