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Port Coquitlam closes community facilities to curb spread of coronavirus

Last Updated Mar 16, 2020 at 9:57 am PDT

The City of Port Coquitlam is closing all community facilities due to COVID-19. (Instagram, City of Port Coquitlam)

Effective immediately, community facilities are closed in Port Coquitlam

The closure is to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus

Services at City Hall will also be limited

PORT COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) — Port Coquitlam is the latest municipality to close community facilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closure is effective immediately and includes the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, Hyde Creek Centre, Terry Fox Library, and the Gathering Place.

“In the best interest and safety of our residents, we have made the right decision to close our community facilities,” Mayor Brad West says in a release. “We all have an important role to play to help stop the spread of the virus. We are doing our part. I ask that every Port Coquitlam resident and business follow the advice being provided by health authorities. Together we will get through this.”

For activities or rentals impacted by the closures, refunds will be provided, and library due dates are suspended for the time being.

Services will also be limited at city hall, but are still available online.

Spring break camps will be offered with modification and measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, such as social distancing and increased cleaning measures.

The city says it is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary.

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Surrey and Delta made similar announcements Sunday because of the novel coronavirus.

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