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Recreation facilities

Information for recreational sites and facilities including playgrounds, day camps, gyms and fitness centres. Please check with your municipality and local businesses for more details on operations. 
Last updated: January 7, 2021
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Playgrounds, spray parks and swimming pools

Information for outdoor playground and spray park owners and operators on infection prevention and exposure control practices and measures to support people using these facilities:
Find COVID-19 safety tips for parents and families using playgrounds.  


Day camps

Information for day camp operators, administrators and staff to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and maintain a safe and healthy environment for campers and staff as well as information on what to do if a camper or staff member develops symptoms:
Overnight camps for children and youth are prohibited by the Order of the Provincial Health Officer.

Find COVID-19 safety tips for parents and families about day camps.

Gym and fitness centres

WorkSafeBC provides guidance to employers at fitness and recreational facilities including gyms, yoga and dance studios, and recreation centres.

An order of the Provincial Health Officer  requires businesses and recreation facilities to suspend high intensity group physical activities including spin classes, aerobics, hot yoga and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Businesses and recreation centres that offer low intensity group fitness activities may resume activities providing they follow the new guidelines for group low intensity exercise. Learn more about the recent orders on physical activity and gyms

Gyms and recreation facilities that offer individual workouts and personal training sessions can remain open. All adult indoor and outdoor sports have been suspended. All youth indoor and outdoor sport for youth 21 and younger must follow viaSport's Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance with respect to maintaining physical distance for participants. This means games, tournaments and competitions are temporarily suspended but individual drills and modified training can continue. No spectators are allowed for sports activities. There should be no travel to, from and between communities for team athletic activities, however, athletes can travel to their home club if their home club is outside of their immediate community. Learn more about the current restrictions and sports.

BC Parks and recreation sites

BC Parks, recreation sites, trails and camping that can accommodate physical distancing are open, with some exceptions. Some areas and facilities remain closed. 

Before leaving on your trip, check for possible closures, alerts or other warnings that may affect your visit. Check Review the BC Parks website and BC sites and trails for more information. 


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