Many recreational facilities and the programs they offer, have been closed in BC. This includes community centres, ice rinks, swimming pools and public libraries. Please check with your local municipality for more details on operations.
Beginning on May 14, 2020, BC Parks and recreation sites that can accommodate physical distancing will reopen for day use only. Some areas and facilities remain closed, including playgrounds, picnic shelters and visitor centres. Camping at provincial parks and recreation sites will reopen June 1, 2020, with some exceptions. Check the BC Parks website for more information. BC’s Restart Plan provides information about the province’s step-by-step process to re-open different sectors.
These common sense practices help prevent infection and transmission:
- Cleaning: Consider increasing routine cleaning practices – if you are cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces once a day, move to twice a day using the products you already use.
- Space: Consider the density of your business and provide additional space for customers and employees to interact; for example, consider how line ups or seating could be expanded so that people are able to put some distance – 2 metres – between one another.
- Sports: Support low contact sports (especially outdoor). Identify high contact sports that should not take place during the pandemic.
- Hand hygiene: Ensure your washrooms remain stocked with soap and consider offering hand sanitizer at entrances.
- Communication: Show your customers, clients, members, and employees what you are doing to support the efforts to slow transmission of this virus by communicating online and at your place of business.
- Screening: Routine daily screening for all staff and participants.
- Policy: Enforce an explicit policy for participants and staff who have the symptoms of a cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms with coughing or sneezing to not be engaged in recreation, sports, or camps.
- Immunocompromised individuals: Staff and participants at higher risk of experiencing severe illness should not take part in recreational, sporting, or camp activities
- Employees who feel unwell: Support your employees to stay home if they are sick.
- Public gatherings: Events that bring more than 50 people closely together – indoors or outdoors – are ordered to be cancelled for now. This does not apply to buildings where the environment allows for distance between people.