COVID-19 Vancouver Island closures, cancellations and business changes

COVID-19 Vancouver Island closures, cancellations and business changes

Here is a list to keep you in the loop of all the closures, cancellations, and schedule changes around Vancouver Island as a result of COVID-19:


  • Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre and Royal Athletic Park will close at 5 p.m Monday until further notice. Refunds will be issued for anyone affected by programs cancelled during the closure.
  • The city says it is advising City-owned community and seniors centres, which are run by independent non-profit societies, to close. People registered for programs at community and seniors centres should contact those centres for more information.
  • Victoria City Hall will now be open by appointment starting Tuesday, March 17 for accessing City services. We encourage the public to use MyCity Online for many online payment and services. The public can call 250-385-5711 for general information.
  • Council’s Committee of the Whole on Thursday, March 19 will proceed. The public can watch the live webcast, beginning at 9 a.m., to follow the proceedings. All Advisory Committee, Board and Task Force meetings and any other meetings scheduled to be held at City Hall have been cancelled, until further notice.
  • The Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health has recommended that the April 4 by-election be postponed until the coronavirus pandemic is declared over. The city has requested an order from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to authorize the postponement.
  • All public engagement events are postponed until further notice. This includes any scheduled open houses, workshops, meet-ups, and the Mayor’s Community Drop-In.

Capital Regional District

  • All recreation facilities
  • DeMamiel Creek Golf Course

District of Saanich

  • Commonwealth Place
  • G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre
  • Gordon Head Recreation Centre
  • Cedar Hill Recreation Centre

Comox Facilities

  • The Comox Valley Sports Centre
  • The Comox Valley Aquatic Centre
  • The Comox Valley Curling Club
  • 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 March 16 until 3 pm. All aquatic centre and sports centre camps will be cancelled after March 16
  • The Comox Valley Pollution Control Centre
  • The Comox Valley Regional District Office
  • Fanny Bay, Oyster River, Denman and Hornby Island rural fire stations are closed to all unauthorized visits

Nanaimo Facilities

  • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
  • Nanaimo Ice Centre
  • Beban Park recreation and social centre (pools and arenas included)
  • Bowen Park complex and Oliver Woods Community Centre and other rental facilities
  • Port Theatre

Langford Facilities

  • The Eagle Ridge Community Centre
  • Westhills Stadium
  • Goudy Field
  • Westhills Arena
  • Langford Lanes

Town of Esquimalt

  • Community Movie Night

Town of Sidney

  • Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
  • Mary Winspear Centre
  • Sidney Museum

Municipality of North Cowichan

  • Cowichan Aquatic Centre

Cumberland Facilities

  • All town facilities

Campbell River Facilities

  • Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex
  • Sportsplex and Community Centre
  • Quadra Community Centre
  • Cortes Island
  • Mansons Hall
  • Gorge Hall
  • Sayward Heritage Hall

Village of Gold River

  • All village-owned facilities

Strathcona Regional District

  • Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex
  • Quadra Island Community Centre
  • Cortes Island: Gorge Hall and Mansons Hall
  • Sayward Heritage Hall

Island Health – Visitor restrictions at all facilities;
Until further notice, the following visitor restrictions are in place:
•    Hospital Emergency Departments, Intensive Care/Critical Care areas: ONE adult caregiver/support person
•    Perinatal Unit: ONE adult caregiver/support person
•    Neonatal ICU: TWO adult caregivers/support persons
•    Inpatient Pediatric and Adult Areas (with routine precautions in place): TWO adult caregivers/support persons
•    Inpatient Areas (additional precautions in place): ONE adult caregiver/support person
•    Primary and Urgent Care: ONE adult caregiver/support person
•    Palliative/end of life: We will accommodate patient and family needs and consult with infection prevention and control.
•    Outpatient Clinics:  ONE adult caregiver/support person
•    Primary and Urgent Care: ONE adult caregiver/support person
•    Long-term care homes: ONE adult caregiver/support person (essential visits only)

Victoria Restaurants & Pubs

  • Garricks Head Pub
  • The Churchill
  • Paul’s Diner by Fol Epi
  • De Dutch Pannekoek House
  • Brasserie L’Ecole
  • Milestones
  • Irish Times
  • Bard and Banker

BC Ferries Sailings

  • Tuesday, March 17 – 12:00pm departing from Swartz Bay
  • Tuesday, March 17 – 2:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
  • Wednesday, March 18 – 12:00pm departing from Swartz Bay
  • Wednesaday, March 18 – 2:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
  • Thursday, March 19 – 12:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
  • Thursday, March 19 – 12:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
  • Thursday, March 19 – 2:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
  • Thursday, March 19 – 2:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
  • Thursday, March 19 – 4:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
  • Thursday, March 19 – 4:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
  • Friday, March 20 – 12:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
  • Friday, March 20 – 2:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
  • Friday, March 20 – 4:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
  • Friday, March 20 – 6:00 pm departing Tsawwassen
  • Saturday, March 21 – 8:00 am departing Swartz Bay
  • Saturday, March 21 – 10:00 am departing Tsawwassen
  • Saturday, March 21 – 12:00 pm departing Swartz Bay
  • Saturday, March 21 – 2:00 pm departing Tsawwassen

Black Ball Ferry

  • March 16th update: Limited all sailings to less than 500 people. Created space for social distancing, and have allowed self-isolation for those requiring it.

Victoria Clipper

  • All service will be suspended between Victoria and Seattle until April 30

Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

  • The Victoria Royals have suspended their WHL season.
  • Michelle Obama has postponed her event on March 31.
  • James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt have postponed their event on April 14.

BC Provincial Court reduces court operations

As of Monday, March 16, 2020

  • Family case conferences, CFCSA (child protection) case conferences or small claims case conferences scheduled between March 16 and May 4, 2020 will not proceed so the parties do not have to attend Court. The parties will receive notification by May 4, 2020 regarding the next date they must attend Court.
  • All judicial interim release (bail) hearings will use video/audio conferences and tele-conferences instead of in-person appearances, unless a judge or justice orders otherwise.
  • On Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17, 2020, after hearing submissions, judges will use their discretion to determine if previously scheduled family, CFCSA, small claims and criminal trials will proceed on those two days.

As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  • The scheduling and hearing of in custody criminal trials and sentencings will proceed unless adjourned by the Court on application by a party.
  • All judicial interim release (bail) hearings will continue to use video/telephone conferences in accordance with CRIM 05 Hearing of Bail Applications (instead of in-person appearances), unless a judge or justice orders otherwise. CRIM 05 generally provides that bail applications within court sitting hours are assigned to be heard by judges in the locations where they are sitting, and bail applications occurring outside of court sitting hours shall be referred to the Justice Centre.
  • Parties are encouraged to apply to use video conference for in custody sentencing and trials in criminal matters.
  • Consent remand matters will proceed by telephone or by submitting the Consent Remand Form by email where available.
  • Traffic, ticket or bylaw matters scheduled from March 18 to May 4, 2020 will be adjourned without the disputant having to attend Court and will be rescheduled to a later date. A notice of a new court date will be sent to the disputant by mail to the address on file with the Court.
  • The Court anticipates only the following matters will proceed: In custody criminal trials and sentencings; Other criminal matters that a judge, on application, determines are urgent; Urgent family matters (e.g. restraining orders) and CFCSA (child protection) matters as determined by a judge; Search warrants and production order applications; Urgent small claims matters such as outstanding warrants.

Parties must ensure the applicable Court Registry has their current contact information.

Police Departments/Detachments

  • Victoria PD closing front counter services of their headquarters at 850 Caledonia Avenue, as well as the front counter at the Esquimalt Division, 500 Park Place, until further notice.
  • Nanaimo RCMP are suspending front desk services, including fingerprinting, until further notice.

Miscellaneous Cancellations/Closures

  • GoodLife Fitness have closed all of their locations across Canada.
  • Tim Hortons has closed down dining in at all locations – drive thru, delivery, and take out still available.
  • Spinco Vancouver Island has cancelled all classes.
  • The Belfry Theatre has suspended its season.
  • Greater Victoria Public Library has closed all 12 of its branches.
  • All Vancouver Island Regional Libraries closed.
  • Mount Washington Alpine Resort has suspended all winter operations.
  • Supreme Court of British Columbia has cancelled jury selections in criminal and civil cases until May 31.
  • Sidney Star Cinema closed until further notice.
  • Landmark Cinemas closed.
  • Cineplex cinemas until at least April 2.
  • CIBC reducing branch operating hours.
  • WestJet suspending all commercial operations for international and transborder flights for a 30-day period beginning on March 22.
  • Royal BC Museum
  • ICBC, as of March 17, has suspending all road tests for at least two weeks.
  • Hudson’s Bay closing all stores for two weeks.


This is a growing list and we will try to keep it as up-to-date as possible. If you hear of anything cancelled that isn’t here, please reach out to us on our social channels and let us know!



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