Sage Hill Law in Oliver has set up a buddy system for Oliver and area (including Osoyoos).
People register either to be a helper or be helped. The helper checks in regularly while practicing social distancing. If needed, the helper may do things like pick up groceries — delivering them in a safe manner.
For more information and to register as either a helper or someone helped, visit their website.
Groups in the community are organizing to help make life easier for those who need assistance. This news category will provide information on new announcements.
Information is often first posted on Osoyoos Loop, so check there.
Keeping in mind all the health advice on preventing spread of the virus, here are some of the services that are likely to be in demand:
Delivery of groceries, medicines etc. to those who are in self-quarantine or otherwise can’t get out
Drivers to assist people getting to medical and other appointments — keeping in mind the need for personal protection
Book exchange — the libraries are closed, but reading will be an important activity for those who are housebound. Again, keep in mind that there’s a low, but real, risk that books may carry infections for short periods of time (the virus can stay active on cardboard for up to 24 hours)
Friendship — many people who are isolated will be lonely. With telephones and Skype or FaceTime, it is possible to simulate social contact. Sometimes texting and Facebook aren’t enough!
Childcare – with schools closed probably for a longer time than many people expect, there will be a need for childcare to help working parents. It will be challenging to find ways this can be done safely. Although children are the demographic least as risk from the virus, they can spread the virus to those who are more vulnerable. Watch for direction from local and provincial authorities.