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White Rock closing city-run facilities, cancelling programs due to coronavirus

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Mar 16, 2020 at 1:55 pm PDT

To decision by White Rock to close some facilities and cancel programs is meant to keep the community safe and to help slow the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy City of White Rock)
Summary

The decision is meant to keep the community safe and to help slow the spread of COVID-19

City hall will remain open, for now

Anyone who has signed up for programs that have been cancelled will receive a refund

WHITE ROCK (NEWS 1130) – White Rock is temporarily closing city-run facilities and cancelling programs due to the novel coronavirus as of the end of business hours on Monday.

The decision is meant to keep the community safe and to help slow the spread of COVID-19, says the city in a release.

City hall will remain open, though, for now.

“The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Closing the White Rock’s City-operated facilities and cancelling programs is one step we can take to protect our community against the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the Lower Mainland,” White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker says in a release.

“This is a good time to remind everyone to follow the advice available out there. Wash your hands, practise social distancing and remember to be kind to one another. We are all in this together.”

White Rock is just the latest city to close facilities, joining Vancouver, Surrey, Port Coquitlam and others.

White Rock residents who have signed up for programs that have been cancelled will receive a refund, says the city.

Closed facilities: Kent Street Activity Centre; White Rock Community Centre; Centennial Arena; Centre for Active Living.

White Rock residents are encouraged to use online services when possible. Anyone with questions can call 604-541-2100.