These Metro Vancouver cities have closed their public facilities

Mar 16 2020, 11:40 pm

There have been sweeping closures across Canada as leaders and citizens try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

People have been urged to practice social distancing, and those who have travelled outside of the country have been asked to self-isolate.

Many cities have closed public facilities such as gyms, pools, community centres, and libraries in a bid to encourage people to stay home. Here’s what Metro Vancouver cities are doing:


The City of Vancouver has declared a state of emergency, just days after itĀ announced Monday that all of its fitness centres, pools, libraries, ice rinks, and golf courses are closed. Attractions such as Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, the Bloedel Conservatory, and the Stanley Park Train are also shut. The city’s public parks and essential services to help people who are homeless remain open.

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Vancouver Public Library. (Alex JW Robinson/ Shutterstock)


This was the first Metro Vancouver city to announce Sunday its public recreation facilities would close. Mayor Doug McCallum encouraged residents to “take advantage of this spell of good weather to get outside.”


Burnaby announced Monday it’s closing all libraries, recreation and cultural facilities, golf courses, and city-operated restaurants. City Hall and Burnaby’s three warming centres will remain open.

New Westminster

All recreation facilities in New Westminster are closed, effective March 17. That city also declared a state of emergency on March 19, announcing it’s stopping Q to Q ferry service and closing City Hall.

West Vancouver

On Sunday, West Vancouver also said it would close all district-run public facilities. The only things remaining open areĀ Municipal Hall, the West Vancouver Police Station, fire halls, the Operations Centre, and the Capilano View Cemetery.

City of North Vancouver

This municipality has cancelled all city-run events with more than 50 people, and has increased cleaning frequency at its facilities. It hasn’t yet announced if it’s public facilities will close.

District of North Vancouver

There’s no word yet on whether public facilities here will close, but leaders issued a joint statement Friday encouraging residents to take health precautions.


The City of Coquitlam announced Monday it’s closing all recreation facilities and cancelling city-run events and camps. City Hall, city parks, and the Coquitlam Animal Shelter will all remain open.

Port Coquitlam

Recreation centres and libraries in Port Coquitlam are closed as a precautionary measure to prevent coronavirus spread, the city said Monday.

Port Moody

Port Moody’s recreation centres and libraries will be closed beginning March 17, according to the city’s website.


Richmond has closed all of itsĀ  community centres, libraries, swimming pools, arenas, and arts, cultural and heritage buildings. The Richmond Olympic Oval is also closed.


Delta’s recreation facilities, pools, arenas, libraries, city archives, arts centres, and seniors centres are closed, the city announced Sunday. It’s also suspending senior bus services. Certain children’s spring break programs will continue as planned.

White Rock

White Rock has temporarily suspended programs and closed its recreation facilities, effective March 16. Anyone who signed up for programs affected by the suspension will receive a refund.

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