Nanaimo to limit arenas and swimming pools to a capacity of 250

Nanaimo to limit arenas and swimming pools to a capacity of 250
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More than 100 COVID-19 cases have been reported across Canada.

The City of Nanaimo says it will limit arenas and swimming pools to a capacity of 250 people at any one time amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The city is also cancelling all gatherings and events of 250 people or more.

On Friday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said it was now mandatory for large gatherings of 250 or more to be cancelled to limit the spread of COVID-19. The city said is following that directive.

Spring break camps and recreational classes run by the city will continue as planned as the number of participants is less than 250. There are some exceptions and Parks, Recreation and Cultural staff are contacting registrants about cancellations

Jake Rudolph, chief administration officer for the City of Nanaimo said the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve and the city has put an Emergency Coordination Centre on level 1, so staff can begin planning for the city’s response to COVID-19.

“Over the weekend, City of Nanaimo staff will continue to actively monitor and respond to the direction and recommendations being made by the Government of Canada and the BC Provincial Health Officer. We will continue to communicate any updates to City operations or services when and if the situation changes,” Rudolph said in a statement.

“City staff will continue to review all events and programs and take action consistent with advice and recommendations of the provincial health officer.”

Rudolph said families should still consider backup plans if the city does have to cancel spring break camps. Staff will contact participants if there are cancellations.

Anyone with questions about their program can call the City of Nanaimo at 250-756-5200.


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