The Comox Valley Regional District has announced they will be closing all recreational facilities due to concerns over COVID-19.
The district is taking precautionary measures as a positive case of coronavirus has been confirmed by a doctor familiar with the medical situation.
“The health and well-being of our residents and staff are of the utmost importance to us,” said CVRD Chief Administrative Officer Russell Dyson in a statement. “We are taking precautionary measures to help do our part to stop the spread. We understand the impact this will have on families especially during spring break. The Ministry of Health is advising residents to get outside so please take time and enjoy our beautiful outdoors. Visit Goose Spit, Seal Bay, Nymph Falls or other parks.”
Below are the facilities that will be closing, along with their individual shutdown times:
- The Comox Valley Sports Center closing at 3 pm today until further notice.
- The Comox Valley Aquatic Centre closing at 3 pm today until further notice.
- The Comox Valley Curling Club currently closed until further notice.
- The Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds will remain open. People are encouraged to contact service providers prior to use and follow provincial health guidelines.
- CVRD spring break camps will be running today until 3 pm. All aquatic centre and sports centre camps will be cancelled after today.
- Comox Strathcona Waste Management Centres are encouraging residents when visiting the landfills to use debit or credit card to limit cash handling.
“The CVRD is working with the Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland and City of Courtenay to collaborate on response measures and best practices,” a statement on their website reads.
It was revealed earlier Monday that there are seven new confirmed cases on Vancouver Island to go along with 30 total new cases in the province. British Columbia now has over 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at this time public gatherings are limited to 50 people or less.
Along with the provincial changes, Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will be closing its borders to non-permanent residents and will be not allowing anyone showing symptoms to come into the country.