Fraser Riverkeeper and Woodtone met to discuss the Covid-19 situation and public health efforts to contain the virus. We are actively monitoring COVID-19 developments daily and following Public Health Agency of Canada, B.C. Centre for Disease Control, and Vancouver Coastal Health guidance and recommendations.
Public health officials say that the current health risk is low in B.C., but are calling on people to help limit the spread of the virus, to avoid travel when possible, and to suspend mass gatherings. B.C. Health announced that they that they directed all event organizers to cancel any gathering larger than 50 people. This includes indoor and outdoor sporting events, conferences, meetings, religious gatherings or other similar events."
For these reasons, Fraser Riverkeeper and Woodtone are cancelling the Annual River Cleanup originally scheduled for March 28th, 2020.
We feel strongly that you, our volunteers, sponsors and the community who make the Annual Clean Up so magical should not have to choose between public health advice and your commitment to the cause of clean water.
While the overall threat to health in the communities where we are all located is low, we want to do our part to protect vulnerable members of our community and support public health officials.
We also want to be respectful of the anxiety that many of our supporters will be feeling because of changes at their companies (i.e., mandatory work from home) or fluctuations in the market.
Our 2020 work will continue as planned. We remain determined to create a future where everyone can swim, drink, and fish.
Thank you for your understanding and your continued support. We’ll be in touch soon.
Lauren Brown Hornor
Swim Drink Fish