District of Squamish is closing down Brennan Park Recreation Centre in light of new orders of the Provincial Health Officer.
The facility will be closed Sunday, November 8 and Monday, November 9 while staff understands the details of the Order to decide what activities might be allowed.
District staff expects more guidance from the province on late Sunday or Monday morning.
The Provincial Health Officer has ordered a two-week restriction on group physical activities, among other items, to be in effect from November 7, 2020 at 10 pm to November 23, 2020 at 12 pm.
“We are taking a very cautious approach over the next two days so that we have time to review the detailed Public Health Order once it is published and have a better sense of what can continue and what can’t between now and November 23,” said Mayor Karen Elliott.
“We know these new restrictions are disappointing to residents, and we will do our best to work within the orders to review our safety plans and adapt where possible for some activities to continue,” she said.
“We are all in this together and we have to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that schools and local businesses can stay open. While we have to pull back on being with others outside of our household for now, remember to take advantage of every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Trails, playing fields, outdoor sports courts such as the soccer mini pitch and tennis courts all enable us to stay active and ensure we take time to take care of both our mental and physical health.”
The BC Recreation and Parks Association is also providing guidance to recreational facilities in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions as they also wait to interpret the new guidelines and what it means for recreation across the region.
District recreation staff will reach out to sports associations in Squamish to discuss next steps and how they can adapt to the new rules.
Meanwhile, shower facilities at the Brennan Park Recreation Centre will be open, and a scheduled flu clinic on November 14 will also be allowed.