COVID-19


Please note that Interior Health should remain your primary source of information in the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak. Please visit their website for the latest information.

The City of Kamloops recognizes that there is significant concern in the community around COVID-19. This page has been set up to provide local information to our community about COVID-19. We will regularly update this page with any changes to our operations which may affect our residents.

The City is encouraging all residents and businesses to follow the direction of public health officials, including limiting public gatherings and practicing social distancing. Effective immediately, the City is closing all City play structures and monitoring social distancing at other City parks, courts and playgrounds. In addition the City has suspended the collection of parking and transit fees, temporarily. Transit riders are asked to board from the rear of the bus and try to maintain two metres of distance wherever possible.

In an effort to protect residents and employees, and practice social distancing, the City has moved to minimal services and has implemented work-from-home protocols wherever possible. Council and statutory committee meetings will be postponed until further notice.

The global management of the situation is evolving daily. We care about the public’s health and wellbeing, as well as the health and safety of our employees and are actively working with our Emergency Program Manager and Health and Safety Department.

We are following the recommendations of the Federal and Provincial Government agencies before any changes are made to our operations.


Please note that Interior Health should remain your primary source of information in the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak. Please visit their website for the latest information.

The City of Kamloops recognizes that there is significant concern in the community around COVID-19. This page has been set up to provide local information to our community about COVID-19. We will regularly update this page with any changes to our operations which may affect our residents.

The City is encouraging all residents and businesses to follow the direction of public health officials, including limiting public gatherings and practicing social distancing. Effective immediately, the City is closing all City play structures and monitoring social distancing at other City parks, courts and playgrounds. In addition the City has suspended the collection of parking and transit fees, temporarily. Transit riders are asked to board from the rear of the bus and try to maintain two metres of distance wherever possible.

In an effort to protect residents and employees, and practice social distancing, the City has moved to minimal services and has implemented work-from-home protocols wherever possible. Council and statutory committee meetings will be postponed until further notice.

The global management of the situation is evolving daily. We care about the public’s health and wellbeing, as well as the health and safety of our employees and are actively working with our Emergency Program Manager and Health and Safety Department.

We are following the recommendations of the Federal and Provincial Government agencies before any changes are made to our operations.

  • City Council Resuming Council Meetings April 7

    about 17 hours ago

    April 1, 2020 - Kamloops City Council will resume regular Council meetings on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 1:30 pm. The meetings will continue to be streamed online; however, the following changes will be implemented to ensure the health and safety of Council and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • The public and media are not able to attend in person or call in at this time.
    • The Mayor and a maximum of four Councillors will be present in Council Chambers, practising physical distancing. The remaining Councillors will join the meeting via electronic means.
    • Staff will only be present as required...

    April 1, 2020 - Kamloops City Council will resume regular Council meetings on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at 1:30 pm. The meetings will continue to be streamed online; however, the following changes will be implemented to ensure the health and safety of Council and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • The public and media are not able to attend in person or call in at this time.
    • The Mayor and a maximum of four Councillors will be present in Council Chambers, practising physical distancing. The remaining Councillors will join the meeting via electronic means.
    • Staff will only be present as required and will practise physical distancing in the gallery.

    “Our focus is on the health and safety of our staff and residents as well as the economic impact of this pandemic,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “Council needs to meet to make decisions to help the city move forward through the pandemic and beyond.”

    The Council meeting schedule will be posted on Kamloops.ca.

  • City Coordinating with Province to Protect Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19 Pandemic

    about 18 hours ago

    April 1, 2020 - The City of Kamloops is collaborating with BC Housing, Interior Health, and various social agencies to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic for vulnerable populations in our community, including people experiencing homelessness, under-housed people, people with complex care needs, and/or people with mental health and substance use needs.

    “We’re focused on the safety and health of all residents of our community,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We know that this population is particularly vulnerable to infection and may not have the ability to follow best practices for prevention or treatment on their own.”

    The Province has identified...

    April 1, 2020 - The City of Kamloops is collaborating with BC Housing, Interior Health, and various social agencies to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic for vulnerable populations in our community, including people experiencing homelessness, under-housed people, people with complex care needs, and/or people with mental health and substance use needs.

    “We’re focused on the safety and health of all residents of our community,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We know that this population is particularly vulnerable to infection and may not have the ability to follow best practices for prevention or treatment on their own.”

    The Province has identified several possible solutions to address the significant challenges faced by shelter and congregate housing sites to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community. These solutions include identifying alternative locations for shelter residents that allow for proper physical distancing as well as the isolation of high risk or symptomatic individuals. In addition, the Province has requested support from municipalities for people who choose to reside outdoors by providing access to amenities and relaxing bylaw restrictions on temporary overnight shelters.

    In response, the City is reviewing facilities and park spaces that could be used to facilitate these requests and provide safe shelter options.

    “This is an unprecedented time in our community, and it’s not business as usual,” said Christian. “Our primary objective at this point is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and minimize its impact on our community.”

  • Burning Restrictions Issued for Kamloops

    6 days ago


    March 27, 2020 - Effective March 27, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners has issued burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones in British Columbia until Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

    As a result, Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) will no longer be issuing burning permits. KFR will contact anyone who has been provided a permit and issue refunds.


    March 27, 2020 - Effective March 27, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners has issued burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones in British Columbia until Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

    As a result, Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) will no longer be issuing burning permits. KFR will contact anyone who has been provided a permit and issue refunds.
  • COVID-19 Awareness for the Safety of Frontline Sanitation Workers

    6 days ago

    March 27, 2020 – The City is ensuring that it protects its frontline garbage and recycling staff by reinforcing proper social distancing and hygiene protocols.

    Landfills
    The City recognizes that in this time of social isolation, many residents are working hard in their homes and their yards, which results in increased trips to the landfills. In order to ensure the safety of the public as well as staff, the Mission Flats Landfill will be implementing social distancing protocols by limiting access to the drop-off bins. This may result in extended delays for customers. The City also encourages infrequent but efficient...

    March 27, 2020 – The City is ensuring that it protects its frontline garbage and recycling staff by reinforcing proper social distancing and hygiene protocols.

    Landfills
    The City recognizes that in this time of social isolation, many residents are working hard in their homes and their yards, which results in increased trips to the landfills. In order to ensure the safety of the public as well as staff, the Mission Flats Landfill will be implementing social distancing protocols by limiting access to the drop-off bins. This may result in extended delays for customers. The City also encourages infrequent but efficient trips—for example, make sure you have a full truckload before visiting the landfill. When visiting the landfill, please respect other customers and staff by maintaining social distance and practicing good hygiene. The landfill is no longer accepting cash; payment is by credit, debit, or on-account only.

    Residents are also reminded that the Barnhartvale Landfill is currently closed, although yard waste and diversion remain open.

    Curbside Collection
    There are no changes to garbage and recycling collection at this time, but residents are encouraged to download the Waste Wise Kamloops app to stay up-to-date with any changes in collection should the need arise.

    Residents should take extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our sanitation workers by:

    • bagging all personal hygiene products, used tissues, cleaning cloths, face masks, gloves, and similar items
    • securely tying garbage bags shut
    • wiping down the handles of your collection carts
    If you’re sick or caring for someone who is sick, please do the following:
    • double-bag all personal waste in plastic garbage bags
    • securely tie all bags shut and dispose of them as regular residential garbage
    Unbagged or loose items will not be collected.

    Waste Wise App
    The Waste Wise app is the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for anything related to curbside collection or service level changes. Pertinent information can be pushed out to subscribers via the app, so residents are once again reminded to download the app for their best source of waste-related information. Visit kamloops.ca/wastewise for more information.
  • City of Kamloops Continues to Respond to COVID-19

    6 days ago

    March 27, 2020 - The City of Kamloops continues to support the Province’s response to COVID-19 following the March 26 ministerial orders from Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. Through these orders, the City has the ability to respond more quickly to the evolving situation and hold more flexible Council meetings to expedite decisions.

    The City's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is continuing to operate in order to help support the Province's directions, meet the needs of our community, and ensure our essential services—such as police, fire, water, sewer, solid waste—continue through this pandemic.

    The City has evaluated...

    March 27, 2020 - The City of Kamloops continues to support the Province’s response to COVID-19 following the March 26 ministerial orders from Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth. Through these orders, the City has the ability to respond more quickly to the evolving situation and hold more flexible Council meetings to expedite decisions.

    The City's Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) is continuing to operate in order to help support the Province's directions, meet the needs of our community, and ensure our essential services—such as police, fire, water, sewer, solid waste—continue through this pandemic.

    The City has evaluated staffing levels by balancing the need to maintain minimum service levels and the need to meet the direction from the provincial health authorities. Yesterday, the City delivered temporary layoff notices to close to 100 on-call and part-time staff, and a large part of the remaining workforce is working from home. In addition, all current vacant positions have been put on hold.

    With minimal staffing levels, the City is not able to address each request for service in the same timeline as normal. As such, staff are prioritizing the incoming requests for service using criteria based on public and employee safety.

    Bylaw Services, in particular, has received an overwhelming number of calls from concerned residents. While we understand residents’ concerns, Bylaw Officers are only able to provide education, and do not have the authority to issue fines or other enforcement measures. Officers are routinely patrolling the city to educate residents about how and why to implement physical distancing measures.

    For the safety of City sanitation employees, the City is reinforcing proper physical distancing and hygiene protocols at Mission Flats Landfill, which may result in extended delays for customers.

    The City is also reviewing transit, with a view to further reduce service levels as well as limit the number of passengers on each bus to adhere to physical distancing. The City will provide more information next week as decisions are made.

    On March 20 at noon, the City of Kamloops put a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) into effect because, at that time, there was a lack of information, direction, and supports for the City of Kamloops to implement Dr. Henry's public health orders. The City believes that those concerns have been addressed with the announcements from the Minister Farnworth yesterday. The City's SOLE was set to expire at noon today, March 27, as it was in place for only a seven-day period. The City also believes that various British Columbia local governments putting these SOLEs in place over the last week helped the Province understand the challenges that local governments were facing in exercising Dr. Henry's orders. Going forward, the City of Kamloops will continue working collaboratively with the Province.

    Watch the Mayor's March 27 video address.

  • Annual Delegation Visit from Uji Japan Postponed Due to COVID-19

    8 days ago

    March 25, 2020 – The City of Kamloops and our Sister City of Uji, Japan, have decided to postpone the official delegation visit to Kamloops. Kamloops was scheduled to host the delegation at the end of June.

    Our Sister City relationship with Uji was officially formalized on July 1, 1990 by Mayor Phil Gaglardi. This year, the City of Kamloops was planning a 30th anniversary celebration of cultural awareness, economic development, and tourism between the two municipalities.

    “It’s important for everyone to stay safe during this period of uncertainty,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We wish Mayor Yamamoto and the people...

    March 25, 2020 – The City of Kamloops and our Sister City of Uji, Japan, have decided to postpone the official delegation visit to Kamloops. Kamloops was scheduled to host the delegation at the end of June.

    Our Sister City relationship with Uji was officially formalized on July 1, 1990 by Mayor Phil Gaglardi. This year, the City of Kamloops was planning a 30th anniversary celebration of cultural awareness, economic development, and tourism between the two municipalities.

    “It’s important for everyone to stay safe during this period of uncertainty,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We wish Mayor Yamamoto and the people of Uji City safety and good health, and we look forward to celebrating this important relationship together in 2021.”

    To stay up to date on the City’s response to COVID-19, visit Kamloops.ca/COVID.


  • Hillside Stadium Closed Due to Social Distancing Concerns

    9 days ago

    March 24, 2020 — Everyone needs to avoid being in close contact with people in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City of Kamloops is closing Hillside Stadium effective immediately due to social distancing concerns.

    "Unfortunately, social distancing best practices are not being adhered to at Hillside Stadium and therefore the Emergency Operations Centre made the decision today to close this facility to the public," said Mayor Christian.

    Yesterday, to encourage compliance with social distancing measures, the City of Kamloops closed all City-run play structures and also began the installation of signage about the importance of social distancing...

    March 24, 2020 — Everyone needs to avoid being in close contact with people in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City of Kamloops is closing Hillside Stadium effective immediately due to social distancing concerns.

    "Unfortunately, social distancing best practices are not being adhered to at Hillside Stadium and therefore the Emergency Operations Centre made the decision today to close this facility to the public," said Mayor Christian.

    Yesterday, to encourage compliance with social distancing measures, the City of Kamloops closed all City-run play structures and also began the installation of signage about the importance of social distancing at all City parks, skate parks, dog parks, and courts. “We will not hesitate to close down other public spaces or facilities if we continue to observe risk taking behaviours," added Mayor Christian.

    According to the Government of Canada*, social distancing means "making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:

    • avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
    • avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
    • limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and those in poor health)
    • keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible

    * https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-co...

    The City's Emergency Operations Centre continues to work with public health officials on the COVID-19 response. For the most up-to-date information, follow the City on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and visit Kamloops.ca/COVID.

  • City of Kamloops Announces Additional Service Changes Due to COVID-19

    10 days ago
    March 23, 2020 — The City of Kamloops has made a number of service decisions today including the closure of City play structures, the closure of some services at Barnhartvale landfill, and the shift of City employee workforce to minimal services.

    “The Emergency Operations Centre is in constant contact with the Province, ensuring our decisions are in line with provincial direction and are in the best interests of our community,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We understand how these measures effect our residents and how unnatural this all feels, but we need your cooperation."

    City Staffing
    Effective immediately, the City has...

    March 23, 2020 — The City of Kamloops has made a number of service decisions today including the closure of City play structures, the closure of some services at Barnhartvale landfill, and the shift of City employee workforce to minimal services.

    “The Emergency Operations Centre is in constant contact with the Province, ensuring our decisions are in line with provincial direction and are in the best interests of our community,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We understand how these measures effect our residents and how unnatural this all feels, but we need your cooperation."

    City Staffing
    Effective immediately, the City has shifted employee workforce to minimal services, with a large part of the City workforce now working from home. The Emergency Operations Centre is working with Managers and Council to identify a staffing plan going forward.

    Landfills
    Effective March 24th, the Barnhartvale landfill will be closed, with the exception of diversion and yard waste. Please take waste to Mission Flats Landfill where customers can charge to their account or use credit/bank cards. All landfills with the exception of Barnhartvale are operating as usual.

    Public Spaces
    The closure of play structures was announced in a separate release this morning. In addition to these closures, signage is being installed at all City parks, skate parks, and courts today indicating the importance of social distancing.

    The City has been in regular contact with School District 73 about daycare for first responders, City play structure closures and other common initiatives.

    Transit
    BC Transit is tentatively working to have Kamloops transit on summer service hours as of April 1st.
  • City of Kamloops is Closing all City Play Structures and Installing Social Distancing Signage at other Parks

    10 days ago
    March 23, 2020 — To encourage compliance with social distancing measures, the City of Kamloops is closing all City-run play structures effective immediately. In addition, the City is installing signage about social distancing at all City parks, skate parks, dog parks, and courts.

    Closure signage is being installed today at 48 play structures including Riverside Park, Campbell Creek Park, Brocklehurst Park, Westmount Park, Albert McGowan Park, Tournament Capital Ranch, Stuart Wood, McArthur Island, and all City-run tot lots. The fields at these playgrounds are not closed, only the play structures.

    Bylaw Services will be closely monitoring social distancing at...

    March 23, 2020 — To encourage compliance with social distancing measures, the City of Kamloops is closing all City-run play structures effective immediately. In addition, the City is installing signage about social distancing at all City parks, skate parks, dog parks, and courts.

    Closure signage is being installed today at 48 play structures including Riverside Park, Campbell Creek Park, Brocklehurst Park, Westmount Park, Albert McGowan Park, Tournament Capital Ranch, Stuart Wood, McArthur Island, and all City-run tot lots. The fields at these playgrounds are not closed, only the play structures.

    Bylaw Services will be closely monitoring social distancing at all City parks and other public gathering areas. If social distancing practices are not being adhered to, the City may close other public gathering areas in the near future.

    The play structure closures include:
    Park Name Address
    Aberdeen Hills Park 1245 Howe Road
    Albert McGowan Park 2025 Summit Drive
    Allan Powers Park 330 Centre Avenue
    Batchelor Natural Area Park 1750 Batchelor Drive
    Belmont Tot Lot 709 Cumberland Avenue
    Bogetti Park 5308 Bogetti Place
    Brocklehurst Park 2470 Fleetwood Avenue
    Cambridge Tot Lot 637 Cambridge Crescent
    Cammeray Tot Lot 4705 Cammer Drive
    Campbell Creek Tot Lot 8701 Dallas Drive
    Connaught Tot Lot 225 Connaught Road
    Dominion Tot Lot 1355 Dominion Crescent
    Edgemount Tot Lot 2235 Edgemount Avenue
    Glen Nevis Tot Lot 818 Gleneagles Drive
    Hook Tot Lot 1545 Collingwood Drive
    Invermere Tot Lot 845 Invermere Court
    Juniper Park 2150 Qu'Appelle Boulevard
    Kinsmen North Tot Lot 605 Comox Avenue
    Kinsmen South Tot Lot 975 Pleasant Street
    Len Haughton Park 595 Lister Road
    McArthur Island Exercise Workstations (3) 1525 Island Parkway
    McArthur Island Playground 1525 Island Parkway
    McDonald Park 252 King Street
    McIntosh Park 502 Battle Street West
    Moose Tot Lot 385 Schubert Drive
    Pineview Valley Park 1925 Hugh Allan Drive
    Prince Charles Park 1145 Nicola Street
    Rainbow Tot Lot 670 McCurrach Place
    Richmond Tot Lot 601 Richmond Avenue
    Riverside Park Heritage 100 Lorne Street
    Riverside Park Saturn 100 Lorne Street
    Riverside Park West End 100 Lorne Street
    Saddleback Park 2110 Grasslands Boulevard
    Sherbrooke Tot Lot 1034 Sherbrooke Avenue
    Sifton Tot Lot 2046 Sifton Avenue
    Southview Tot Lot 1564 Southview Terrace
    Spartan Tot Lot 1610 Spartan Place
    Stuart Wood School 245 St. Paul Street
    Thompson Park 6500 Beaver Crescent
    Todd Hill Park 1550 Todd Road
    Tournament Capital Ranch Playground 5355 Yellowhead Highway
    Valleyview Centennial Park 2288 Park Drive
    West Highlands Park 1885 Links Way
    West Juniper Park 1940 Qu'Appelle Boulevard
    Westmount Park 540 Collingwood Drive
    Westsyde Centennial Park 705 Franklin Road

    “Social distancing is not optional,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We are taking these steps to limit groups from congregating and to protect our residents.”

    The City has been in contact with School District 73 about the City play structure closure.

  • City of Kamloops Declares State of Local Emergency

    13 days ago

    March 20, 2020 — To address the evolving circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support the Provincial Health Authorities, the City of Kamloops has declared a state of local emergency. This declaration provides the City the opportunity to quickly and effectively address emerging issues for the purposes of enhancing preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and make decisions in the best interests of residents, businesses, and City employees.

    “These are difficult and unprecedented times,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “The precautions, closures of facilities to public, and cancellation of programs and events over the past several days have...

    March 20, 2020 — To address the evolving circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support the Provincial Health Authorities, the City of Kamloops has declared a state of local emergency. This declaration provides the City the opportunity to quickly and effectively address emerging issues for the purposes of enhancing preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and make decisions in the best interests of residents, businesses, and City employees.

    “These are difficult and unprecedented times,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “The precautions, closures of facilities to public, and cancellation of programs and events over the past several days have been made through the recommendations and direction of our public health officials in the best interest and wellbeing of our residents and employees.”

    The City is encouraging all residents and businesses to follow the direction of public health officials, including limiting public gatherings and practicing social distancing. Effective immediately, the City is suspending the collection of parking and transit fees, temporarily. Transit riders are asked to board from the rear of the bus and try to maintain two metres of distance wherever possible.

    In an effort to protect residents and employees, and practice social distancing, the City will be winding down non-essential services and implementing work-from-home protocols wherever possible. Council and statutory committee meetings will be postponed until further notice.

    As of today, the City of Kamloops would like to advise the public that the following services will remain operational:

    • Kamloops Fire Rescue
    • Kamloops RCMP
    • Kamloops Bylaw services
    • Emergency social services
    • Residential garbage and recycling pickup (includes commercial and multi-family)
    • Landfills, recycling, and yard waste depots
    • City parks, dog parks, trails, and public washrooms
    • Kamloops Centre for Water Quality
    • Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre
    • Building inspection services
    • Building permit services
    • Business licensing services
    • Planning services
    • Transportation and engineering services
    • Social and community health
    • Road maintenance, water, and sewer utilities
    • Financial services