May 21, 2020

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Council Member Motion: Sheltering-in-place
Council reaffirmed the existing direction, consistent with the advice of Public Health Officials to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, of sheltering-in-place through deferred enforcement of the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. bylaw provision in locations where overnight sheltering is permitted (outside of Topaz Park and Pandora Avenue) until June 25, 2020.

Council also adopted the following policy relating to regulation of sheltering-in-place in locations where overnight sheltering is permitted during the public health emergency until June 25, 2020:

    1. That Council directs staff not to remove shelters and belongings that are abandoned or unoccupied until 72 hours after they have been tagged by a Bylaw Officer, and ensure that any notices are consistent with this policy
    2. That Council directs staff to store impounded items in a secure facility, for retrieval by the owner for up to thirty (30) days, to the extent that this policy is consistent with workplace safety requirements and the advice of local public heath authorities, and ensure that any notices are consistent with this policy

Council has directed staff to maintain and improve dialogue between the City of Victoria Bylaw Division, people living outside and the people who work with them regarding sheltering-in-place in locations where overnight sheltering is permitted, under the purview of the City Bylaw division, to mitigate unintended harms resulting fromCity bylaws to those who are living outside.

Staff will report to Council on June 25 with an update on sheltering in parks, as well as a report from partners on opportunities forindoor sheltering options.