BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The City of Burnaby will be closing municipal facilities, including all recreation centres, arenas, libraries, cultural facilities, golf courses, and city-operated restaurants as of Wednesday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All will be closed until further notice. City hall, though, will remain open, and all other municipal functions and services will remain operational, including the main RCMP detachment and local fire halls.
The city’s three warming centres will also remain open.
Effective March 18: City is closing libraries, recreation & cultural facilities, golf courses and City-operated restaurants until further notice.
Full list available here: https://t.co/ITfNu5HujA
RCMP Main Detachment
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“We understand this will have a significant impact on residents,” Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley says in a release. “But this is an extraordinary time, and it’s important that we all do what’s necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus. Public health officials advise that the window of opportunity to flatten the curve in the spread of this virus is very narrow, and we must do all we can. We are pulling together as a community, and I want residents to know that the decision to close these facilities was not made lightly.”
On matters of public health, the city says municipalities are guided by the direction of local, provincial and federal health authorities.
The decision to close Burnaby facilities is based on information from those authorities about the need for social distancing and the challenge of maintaining such where large numbers of people gather.
Refunds will be provided to anyone who has registered for city programs affected by the closure of facilities.
“This is a challenging time for all of us,” Hurley says “It’s important that we stay active. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy our city’s abundant open spaces, parks and natural areas.”
As the situation evolves, further changes to city operations may be required and the city will continue to provide updates.