North Cowichan Closes all Municipal Recreational Facilities in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

(North Cowichan, B.C.) As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, with an increased number of cases in BC and on Vancouver Island, North Cowichan will be closing all Recreational Facilities effective Monday, March 16, at 4:30 pm. We are taking this step in accordance with the direction from the Federal and Provincial Governments, and Public Health Officer. Our Recreation Facilities are a key gathering place for members of the community; however, with the Provincial Government banning gatherings of 50 people or more, in conjunction with many neighbouring jurisdictions taking the same precautionary measures, we feel this is the best way to safeguard our staff and residents.

The following facilities will be affected by the closure:

  • Fuller Lake Arena
  • Cowichan Aquatic Centre

We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and work with our regional, local, and provincial partners to coordinate a unified response to this emergent pandemic. As we continue to assess critical services, North Cowichan will endeavour to assure continued provision of critical services. At this time, we are anticipating the closure to be indefinite. “We will continue to update the public as often as possible, and let residents know when we will be reopening these facilities,” said Mayor Siebring. “For those with current membership and/or programs, no cancellation fees will be levied and we will extend current memberships to ensure a minimal disruption to members,” he concluded.

In addition, we would like to reiterate that members of the public should continue to practice social distancing. It is imperative that residents who are unwell, immunocompromised, or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 stay at home, and we encourage the public to interact with Municipal Hall remotely, where possible and practical. For general inquiries please call 250.746.3100, send us an email at info@northcowichan.ca, or visit our website: www.northcowichan.ca/COVID19

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to the virus, please call 1-888-COVID19 or text 1-888-268-4319. 

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