Following guidance from the province's Restart BC Plan and new health and safety regulations from WorkSafeBC, we are taking all necessary steps to protect public health and maintain the safety of our employees.
Update: latest information and facility closures related to COVID-19
As a municipality, our actions are focused on protecting our community.
To protect the health and safety of residents and staff, the District of North Vancouver in partnership with the City of North Vancouver and North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission (NVRC) and at the recommendation of Vancouver Coastal Health, has announced that all NVRC-operated facilities will close at the end of operating hours today in an effort to flatten the curve and slow the rate of infection.
The following facilities in the District are closed, with the exception of full day spring break camps which will continue to run until March 27.
- Delbrook Community Recreation Centre
- Karen Magnussen Community Recreation Centre
- Ron Andrews Community Recreation Centre
- Parkgate Community Centre
- North Vancouver Tennis Centre
At this time, two private child care service providers who rent space in NVRC Community Recreation Centres can also continue to operate, as their spaces are isolated. Full details can be found on the NVRC website at nvrc.ca.
As well, the North Vancouver District Public Library will close its facilities as of 9pm this evening.
District of North Vancouver Mayor Mike Little says “Closing facilities is not a decision we take lightly. The health of the community comes first so together with our partners, we took the significant step today to close these public places. This is a good opportunity to go outside and enjoy our sports fields and trails with your family. Be safe. Stay home if you’re sick, isolate yourself for 14 days if you have travelled outside of Canada, and make sure you and your family members wash your hands.”
Future closures may include District facilities such as the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre and Maplewood Farm. Any additions will be announced in the coming days.
Community groups that use the District Hall for meetings are being asked to consider alternate ways of meeting, such as virtual meetings, or to defer their gatherings until this situation in the community has passed.
At this time, residents can expect no disruptions to municipal services, including garbage and recycling collection. We will inform residents as the situation continues to evolve.
We’ve taken the following steps to protect our employees and the community:
- Members of the senior leadership team receive daily updates from the BC CDC, and are in frequent planning meetings with NSEM and our health care partners.
- Managers and executive are undertaking health and business continuity planning to ensure we are prepared to continue to deliver necessary services to our community.
- Cleaning has been increased at the District Municipal Hall, the Operations Centre, and at North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission facilities.
- We have increased the availability of hand sanitizer throughout District Hall and the Operations Centre.
- We have posted messages at the Hall to advise the public on steps to keep themselves – and our staff – healthy.
Steps you can take to protect yourself
We advise members of our community to follow the information that Vancouver Coastal Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control are providing. The best advice is still to:
- Wash your hands,
- stay home if you’re sick,
- engage with the elders or immunocompromised individuals in your life in different ways than face to face situations, and
- avoid contact with people that are visibly ill.
If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, call 8-1-1 for an assessment.
Where to find accurate, up-to-date information
For more information and updates – included translated information – please visit the following websites: