COVID-19

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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 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 physical distancing. We have closed all City play structures and are monitoring social distancing at other City parks, courts and playgrounds. In addition the City has temporarily closed the McArthur Island ring road to vehicle traffic and has suspended the collection of parking and transit fees. 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 physical distancing, the City has moved to minimal services and has implemented work-from-home protocols wherever possible. Council meetings have resumed and are available online only. Statutory committee meetings are 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 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 physical distancing. We have closed all City play structures and are monitoring social distancing at other City parks, courts and playgrounds. In addition the City has temporarily closed the McArthur Island ring road to vehicle traffic and has suspended the collection of parking and transit fees. 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 physical distancing, the City has moved to minimal services and has implemented work-from-home protocols wherever possible. Council meetings have resumed and are available online only. Statutory committee meetings are 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 of Kamloops Slowly Reopening Civic Facilities

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    5 days ago

    May 22, 2020—As BC enters Phase 2 of the BC Restart Plan, the City of Kamloops is committed to gradually reopening City facilities. The first phase of this reopening will start on June 1, 2020, as follows:

    Development and Engineering Services (105 Seymour Street) and Kamloops Fire Rescue Station No. 1 (1205 Summit Drive) will be open to the public starting June 1, 2020 by appointment only.

    • The Civic Operations Centre (955 Concordia Way) and the Bylaw Services Centre (1303 Mission Flats Road) will be open to the public starting June 1, 2020.

    City Hall (7 Victoria Street West) will be open to the public starting June 8, 2020. The first two hours of every day (8:00–10:00 am) will be reserved for seniors or people with underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable or high risk.

    These facilities will be open for regular summer hours (8:00 am–4:00 pm). Residents are reminded to NOT enter any City facility if they are unwell. Anyone displaying obvious signs of flu-like symptoms may be asked to leave.

    Similar to what has become familiar in retail stores, residents can expect to see physical distancing barriers and signage and increased cleaning practices between customers. Residents should expect longer wait times and limited service levels due to ongoing reduced staffing levels and increased cleaning and disinfecting. We encourage all residents to seek alternative methods to connect with City staff, such as online or by phone.

    “Many City services can be paid for through our website,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “With property taxes coming up, we encourage everyone to look for alternatives to paying in person. Taxes can be paid through your bank, by mail, or online/telephone banking. Visiting City Hall should be your last resort.”

    Planning is underway to reopen other City facilities as well, including recreation facilities. The Province has tasked the BC Recreation and Parks Association with developing a coordinated, province-wide approach to reactivating recreation programs and services and reopening recreation facilities. This direction will inform the plan for how and when the City recreation facilities reopen.

    “We are being methodical in how and when we welcome residents and staff back so that everyone feels confident that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe when they enter a City building,” said Mayor Christian. “We look forward to seeing staff and residents back in our facilities and continuing to serve the public in the safest way possible.”

    View the May 22, 2020 video address by Mayor Ken Christian.

    May 22, 2020—As BC enters Phase 2 of the BC Restart Plan, the City of Kamloops is committed to gradually reopening City facilities. The first phase of this reopening will start on June 1, 2020, as follows:

    Development and Engineering Services (105 Seymour Street) and Kamloops Fire Rescue Station No. 1 (1205 Summit Drive) will be open to the public starting June 1, 2020 by appointment only.

    • The Civic Operations Centre (955 Concordia Way) and the Bylaw Services Centre (1303 Mission Flats Road) will be open to the public starting June 1, 2020.

    City Hall (7 Victoria Street West) will be open to the public starting June 8, 2020. The first two hours of every day (8:00–10:00 am) will be reserved for seniors or people with underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable or high risk.

    These facilities will be open for regular summer hours (8:00 am–4:00 pm). Residents are reminded to NOT enter any City facility if they are unwell. Anyone displaying obvious signs of flu-like symptoms may be asked to leave.

    Similar to what has become familiar in retail stores, residents can expect to see physical distancing barriers and signage and increased cleaning practices between customers. Residents should expect longer wait times and limited service levels due to ongoing reduced staffing levels and increased cleaning and disinfecting. We encourage all residents to seek alternative methods to connect with City staff, such as online or by phone.

    “Many City services can be paid for through our website,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “With property taxes coming up, we encourage everyone to look for alternatives to paying in person. Taxes can be paid through your bank, by mail, or online/telephone banking. Visiting City Hall should be your last resort.”

    Planning is underway to reopen other City facilities as well, including recreation facilities. The Province has tasked the BC Recreation and Parks Association with developing a coordinated, province-wide approach to reactivating recreation programs and services and reopening recreation facilities. This direction will inform the plan for how and when the City recreation facilities reopen.

    “We are being methodical in how and when we welcome residents and staff back so that everyone feels confident that we are doing everything we can to keep them safe when they enter a City building,” said Mayor Christian. “We look forward to seeing staff and residents back in our facilities and continuing to serve the public in the safest way possible.”

    View the May 22, 2020 video address by Mayor Ken Christian.

  • Seniors’ Picnic Cancelled Due to COVID-19

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    14 days ago

    The City of Kamloops has decided to cancel the 2020 Seniors’ Picnic due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made in accordance with guidance from the provincial health authorities regarding large gatherings and physical distancing.

    “We know that seniors are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We hope the seniors in our community are finding safe ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones.”

    This annual event is supported by Kamloops Seniors Village and The Residence at Orchards Walk. Event organizers look forward to resuming this event in 2021.

    The City of Kamloops has decided to cancel the 2020 Seniors’ Picnic due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made in accordance with guidance from the provincial health authorities regarding large gatherings and physical distancing.

    “We know that seniors are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We hope the seniors in our community are finding safe ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones.”

    This annual event is supported by Kamloops Seniors Village and The Residence at Orchards Walk. Event organizers look forward to resuming this event in 2021.

  • Music in the Park Cancelled Due to COVID-19

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    28 days ago

    The City of Kamloops and BCLC have decided to cancel the 2020 schedule for Music in the Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made in accordance with guidance from the provincial health authorities regarding large gatherings and physical distancing.

    “This event is the longest running music festival in Kamloops, and its absence will be felt by many residents,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “Although summer in Kamloops will look different than past years, I know that our residents will continue to follow provincial directions and find safe ways to stay connected.”

    “BCLC has supported Music in the Park...

    The City of Kamloops and BCLC have decided to cancel the 2020 schedule for Music in the Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made in accordance with guidance from the provincial health authorities regarding large gatherings and physical distancing.

    “This event is the longest running music festival in Kamloops, and its absence will be felt by many residents,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “Although summer in Kamloops will look different than past years, I know that our residents will continue to follow provincial directions and find safe ways to stay connected.”

    “BCLC has supported Music in the Park since day one and we look forward to bringing the community back together to celebrate – when the time is right,” said BCLC Interim President and CEO Greg Moore. “While the special community concerts of Music in the Park and Midsummer Music Jam are a summer staple in Kamloops, we are putting community health and safety first.”

  • An Update on Efforts to Support Vulnerable Populations During COVID-19

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    about 1 month ago

    The City of Kamloops is committed to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and is working with Interior Health, BC Housing, and other community partners to implement a multi-stage COVID-19 housing strategy for vulnerable populations in our community. The provincial plan is focused on supporting people experiencing homelessness and people without safe spaces to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden on acute care facilities.

    “We need to be prepared to support these members of our community at any stage of COVID-19: from prevention to treatment and recovery,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “This population has...

    The City of Kamloops is committed to minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and is working with Interior Health, BC Housing, and other community partners to implement a multi-stage COVID-19 housing strategy for vulnerable populations in our community. The provincial plan is focused on supporting people experiencing homelessness and people without safe spaces to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden on acute care facilities.

    “We need to be prepared to support these members of our community at any stage of COVID-19: from prevention to treatment and recovery,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “This population has a high proportion of immune-compromised individuals and their inability to self-isolate poses a risk to themselves and those around them.”

    As part of the plan, Emerald Centre and the Mustard Seed have increased physical distancing between shelter beds in their facilities. While this has increased the safety for shelter guests and staff, it has reduced the number of shelter beds available in the community. In response, the City is working with BC Housing and local non-profit housing providers to prepare two temporary overflow emergency shelter locations: one at 185 Royal Avenue and one at Memorial Arena. Both locations provide adequate space and amenities to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission among residents.

    “To immediately address the capacity concerns, the Royal Avenue Temporary Shelter will be activated as early as next week. If that location exceeds capacity, the entire operation will move over to Memorial Arena,” said Christian. “It’s important that everyone has the opportunity to physically distance themselves and practise good hygiene in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

    On April 7, the Province announced funding for 50 hotel beds to allow these residents to self-isolate if necessary. These rooms will be used for people awaiting test results or people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

    To support people living outdoors, the City is opening all washroom facilities with access to hot water and relaxing its enforcement of the Temporary Overnight Shelter Bylaw during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bylaw officers will monitor camps to promote site safety and cleanliness and ensure physical distancing protocols are followed.

    In addition, the City has worked with the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society to extend the hours at the Cllémentem Mini-Storage at 48 Victoria Street West, which provides washroom, laundry, and shower facilities as well as access to mental health and substance use services from Interior Health. Cllémentem will now be open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

    “This pandemic knows no physical or social boundaries,” said Christian. “As the pandemic evolves, so will our response.”

  • Canada Day Festivities Cancelled Due to COVID-19

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    about 1 month ago

    April 23, 2020 - After consultation with the organizing partners, the City of Kamloops has made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Canada Day celebrations in Riverside Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “BC health officials have indicated that physical distancing measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place throughout the summer,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “These decisions are never easy, but we know this is in the best interest of our residents.”

    The City works with the Kamloops Multicultural Society and the Kamloops Arts Council to organize this annual event, which draws...

    April 23, 2020 - After consultation with the organizing partners, the City of Kamloops has made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Canada Day celebrations in Riverside Park due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “BC health officials have indicated that physical distancing measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 will remain in place throughout the summer,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “These decisions are never easy, but we know this is in the best interest of our residents.”

    The City works with the Kamloops Multicultural Society and the Kamloops Arts Council to organize this annual event, which draws more than 30,000 people together to celebrate Canada’s diversity through art, entertainment, and food.

    “While this is disappointing, we cannot lose focus of the bigger picture and the health of our residents,” said Christian. “We look forward to celebrating together in 2021.”

  • Budget Impact Report

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    about 1 month ago

    April 22, 2020 - Budget Impact Report

    Kathy Humphrey, the City's Corporate Services Director, presented a report to address several new issues related to the approval of the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan that have arisen since the provisional budget was approved in December 2019.

    View the report here.

    The provisional budget planned for an increase of $3 million after growth (2.97%). With the anticipated changes in revenue expectations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 budget is showing a revenue shortfall in the range of $7–12 million.

    The report and the recommendations addressed two key issues—protecting the City’s cash...

    April 22, 2020 - Budget Impact Report

    Kathy Humphrey, the City's Corporate Services Director, presented a report to address several new issues related to the approval of the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan that have arisen since the provisional budget was approved in December 2019.

    View the report here.

    The provisional budget planned for an increase of $3 million after growth (2.97%). With the anticipated changes in revenue expectations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 budget is showing a revenue shortfall in the range of $7–12 million.

    The report and the recommendations addressed two key issues—protecting the City’s cash flow security and supporting the community’s residents and businesses during this difficult economic time. In order to balance the budget and reduce the tax increase, the following considerations were made by Administration:

    • deferring many of the new tax-funded items that were initially approved as part of the 2020 provisional budget and supplemental items
    • reducing various operating line items that will not be required in 2020 due to the restrictions in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
    • deferring capital funding and capital projects that are not urgent or cannot be completed in 2020, including tax-funded and grant-funded (Gaming, Community Works, etc.) activities
    • using reserves to fund operations and other capital projects as needed or as assumptions change


    Council authorized Administration to remove the following tax funded items from the 2020–2024 Five‑Year Financial Plan to reduce the overall tax increase for 2020:

    • Asset Management Reserve increase ($550,000)
    • one of two new RCMP municipal employee full-time equivalent (FTE) positions ($42,750)
    • new Arborist FTE position ($47,250)
    • transit expansion for September 2020 ($82,000 in 2020, $258,000 in 2021, $270,000 in 2022, and $161,000 in 2023)
    • new service agreement funding ($33,000)


    With the removal of these items, the tax rate increase for 2020 is estimated to be 2.29%.

    Council authorized Administration to prepare a revised 2020–2024 Five‑Year Financial Plan for Council’s consideration that reflects the assumptions that the COVID-19 pandemic will impact the City’s operations through September 2020 (Scenario 2). Council provided direction to reduce the operating expenditures, as presented in Table 3 of the report, and deferring funding for capital projects as listed in Table 6 of the report.

    Council authorized Administration to defer the RCMP Battle Street Detachment Renovations and Improvements Project ($750,000 funded from General Reserve).

    Council directed Administration to defer the replacement of the track at Hillside Stadium ($600,000) to 2021.

    Council also authorized adoption of Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw No. 16-321, which will allow the City to short-term borrow up to $15 million to protect the City’s cash flow from a possible delay in receiving property tax and utility bill payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • City of Kamloops Continues to Urge Physical Distancing in Parks

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    about 2 months ago

    April 9, 2020 - The City of Kamloops is implementing extra measures at McArthur Island Park today to help people abide by physical distancing restrictions.

    • Ring Road: The ring road on McArthur Island will be closed to public vehicle traffic and remain open to pedestrians and cyclists. This will provide extra space for pedestrians and cyclists to maintain the required 2 m physical distance.
    • Skateboard Park: The City will install construction fencing around the skateboard park to limit the number of people using the park at one time. City staff will monitor the number of people and encourage physical distancing.

    “City parks will remain open as long as people comply with public health orders regarding physical distancing,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “If physical distancing measures are not adhered to, further action may be required.”

    April 9, 2020 - The City of Kamloops is implementing extra measures at McArthur Island Park today to help people abide by physical distancing restrictions.

    • Ring Road: The ring road on McArthur Island will be closed to public vehicle traffic and remain open to pedestrians and cyclists. This will provide extra space for pedestrians and cyclists to maintain the required 2 m physical distance.
    • Skateboard Park: The City will install construction fencing around the skateboard park to limit the number of people using the park at one time. City staff will monitor the number of people and encourage physical distancing.

    “City parks will remain open as long as people comply with public health orders regarding physical distancing,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “If physical distancing measures are not adhered to, further action may be required.”

  • Financial Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the City of Kamloops Budget

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    about 2 months ago

    April 8, 2020 - Preliminary Financial Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on the City of Kamloops Budget

    With the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of a provincial state of emergency, the City must review the 2020 provisional budget and the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan in order to factor in the previously unforeseen financial impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has on the budget.

    While the ultimate economic impact of the pandemic will not be fully understood until we are well past the state of emergency, the City must consider the preliminary financial picture in order to make strategic decisions today that are in...

    April 8, 2020 - Preliminary Financial Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on the City of Kamloops Budget

    With the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of a provincial state of emergency, the City must review the 2020 provisional budget and the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan in order to factor in the previously unforeseen financial impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has on the budget.

    While the ultimate economic impact of the pandemic will not be fully understood until we are well past the state of emergency, the City must consider the preliminary financial picture in order to make strategic decisions today that are in the best interest of the organization and community for the long term.

    At the April 7 Regular Council Meeting, Kathy Humphrey, the City's Corporate Services Director, highlighted the City’s current financial challenges in addressing the impacts of the pandemic, as we plan for the recovery phase of the emergency. To comply with the various orders from public health authorities across the country, the City has closed many of its facilities and reduced service levels.

    Based on the current information, Administration has assessed the potential impact of extending the existing facility closures and service reductions for two scenarios—a three-month period to the end of June 2020 and a six-month period to the end of September 2020. Read the full report.

    In order to address immediate budget shortfalls while ensuring sufficient cash flow to continue with City operations, Administration recommended taking an approach that defers projects to future years, reduces service levels as needed, and supplements additional budget shortfalls with funding from reserves.

    Council directed Administration to bring forward a budget report to the April 21, 2020, Council Meeting that balances the 2020 budget and the 2020–2024 Five-Year Financial Plan by:

    • delaying non-essential supplemental items
    • identifying projects, based on risk, that cannot or should not proceed in 2020 and defer these to a future year
    • adjusting the operating and capital budgets, including service levels, to reduce costs to reflect the impact of COVID-19 on City services and planned projects
    • identifying appropriate reserves to balance the budget after operating and capital adjustments have been made
    • providing options, based on expected provincial direction, for delaying property tax payment deadlines and penalties and providing incentives for early payment
    • providing options for delaying utility payment deadlines and penalties and providing incentives for early payment


    For other budget-related information and resources, visit the Budget Consultation 2020 Let's Talk page.

  • BC Transit and the City of Kamloops Implement Service Changes

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    about 2 months ago

    April 3, 2020 - In order to continue offering Kamloops Transit System customers with critical transportation solutions, BC Transit and the City of Kamloops are making adjustments to transit services as part of our response to COVID-19, starting April 5, 2020.

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    https://www.bctransit.com/kamloops/news?nid=1529708761266

    April 3, 2020 - In order to continue offering Kamloops Transit System customers with critical transportation solutions, BC Transit and the City of Kamloops are making adjustments to transit services as part of our response to COVID-19, starting April 5, 2020.

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    https://www.bctransit.com/kamloops/news?nid=1529708761266

  • City Council Resuming Council Meetings April 7

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    about 2 months 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.