Truckers served in Fort St. John

Truckers looking for a bathroom break and a cup of coffee on their drive through Fort St. John during the COVID-19 pandemic will find more than a dozen businesses open to them along the Alaska Highway.

Fire Chief and Emergency Program Co-ordinator Darrell Blades told councillors on Monday that the city has canvassed local businesses that are providing road side services to truckers.

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“Most of the businesses, restaurants and fast food places, along the Alaska Highway allow truckers in to use their washrooms, and anybody that has a drive-thru window will allow them to walk up,” Blades said. “It looks like our community has stepped up.”

Blades did not report the full list of amenable businesses to council, but the city’s COVID-19 hotline can be reached at 250-787-8193, or by emailing

City staff are rotating shifts through the emergency operations centre, which is working with Northern Health on facility planning as well as working to ensure compliance with public health orders through bylaw enforcement.

The city has received some complaints about social distancing in stores, Blades said.

“We’ve talked to store management, went over their plans with them, sending that strong message that people really mind their social distancing,” Blades said. "If you have to wait a little bit longer for somebody to grab something from a cooler or a shelf, just stay back and let them do it.”

Work site complaints regarding PPE and distancing reported to the city can be referred to WorkSafe BC, Blades said.

Meanwhile, facilities staff found a box of N95 masks last week that were donated to Northern Health for use at the hospital, Blades said. One sleeve was saved for firefighters, he said. 

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