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 how COVID-19 is impacting municipal services. 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.

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 how COVID-19 is impacting municipal services. 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.

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 Welcomes Residents Back to Recreation and Fitness Facilities Under Adjusted Public Health Orders

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    The City of Kamloops would like to provide clarity on the impacts of the updated Provincial Health Orders to recreation and fitness activities at City facilities, as we continue to abide by all orders.

    Effective January 20, 2022, fitness facilities and gyms are permitted to open under specific protocols, including reduced occupancy limits, cleaning standards, and requiring proof of vaccination. Proof of full vaccination is required for aged 12 and over to access recreational facilities or to participate in sport and recreation programs, including aquatics.

    Recreation, Health, and Wellness

    • All gyms and recreation facilities, including the Fieldhouse, are open.
    • Select fitness equipment in gyms may be unavailable due to spacing requirements as set out by the Public Health Order.
    • Masks are mandatory at all times when not engaged in physical activity, however encouraged while exercising.
    • Showers, lockers, and touchless water refill stations are available for use.

    Aquatics

    • Pre-registration is required for AquaFit and lesson programs.
    • Pre-registration is not required for public, lap, or leisure swims.
    • In-water lifeguard instruction is delayed until further notice. Instructors will continue to teach lessons from the pool deck.

    Skating

    • Pre-registration is required for public skating, drop-in hockey, and Stick, Puck & Ring.
    • Users are to come to the arena dressed ready for play and leave dressed to minimize the amount of time required in the arena.

    “We appreciate the public’s patience as we continue to adjust our operations following the Provincial Health Orders,” said Linda Stride, the City’s Recreation, Health and Wellness Supervisor. “We look forward to welcoming our recreational users back and ask residents to allow extra time for themselves and continue to be kind to staff as we work through the updated protocols including confirming proof of vaccination.”

    Residents wishing to pre-register for AquaFit or skating activities can register at Kamloops.ca/PerfectMind.

    For full details on recreation, fitness, and facility restrictions as well as proof of vaccination requirements, please visit Kamloops.ca/ OperationalAdjustments.

    Residents are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill or if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.

  • Updated Proof of Vaccination Requirements

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    In accordance with the Provincial Health Order, proof of full vaccination is now required for ages 12+ to access recreational facilities or to participate in sport and recreation programs, including aquatics. Official restrictions can be found on the Government of British Columbia webpage.

    By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination has been required since September 13 to access some events, services, and businesses across the province. An update to this order is in effect as of midnight on December 22, 2021. The public must show their BC Vaccine Card and government-issued identification to access some City of Kamloops facilities and to participate in some recreation programs and cultural events.

    City facilities that do not require the public to provide proof of vaccination include City Hall (7 Victoria Street West), Civic Operations Centre (955 Concordia Way), Human Resources/Development and Engineering (105 Seymour Street), Community Services Centre (1303 Mission Flats Road), all fire stations, and the RCMP detachments.

    City Facilities That Require Proof of Full Vaccination for Ages 12+:

    • Tournament Capital Centre, including Canada Games Aquatic Centre
    • Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre
    • Kamloops Museum & Archives
    • All City arenas - Brocklehurst Arena, McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, Sandman Centre, and Valleyview Arena
    • All City community centres—Hal Rogers Activity Centre, Heritage House, Valleyview Community Hall, West Highlands Community Centre, and Yacht Club

    Everyone aged 12 and over must present their BC Vaccine Card to be scanned at these facilities. Those aged 19+ must also present government-issued photo ID.

    Proof of Vaccination is Not Required for:

    • Conducting City business such as attending a City meeting, paying a bill, applying for a permit, etc.
    • Sport and recreation programs specifically for children and youth aged 21 and under

    Masks are mandatory in all City facilities, and residents are asked to not enter any City facility if they are feeling ill.

    For more information on providing proof of vaccination or to obtain the BC Vaccine Card, visit www.Gov.BC.ca/VaccineCard.

  • Proof of Vaccination Required at Some City Facilities Affected by Provincial Health Order

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    By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is now required to access some events, services, and businesses across the province. Starting September 13, the public must show their BC Vaccine Card and government-issued identification to access some City of Kamloops facilities and to participate in some recreation programs and cultural events.

    City facilities that do not require the public to provide proof of vaccination include City Hall (7 Victoria Street West), Civic Operations Centre (955 Concordia Way), Human Resources/Development and Engineering (105 Seymour Street), Kamloops Museum & Archives (207 Seymour Street), Community Services Centre (1303 Mission Flats Road), all fire stations, and the RCMP detachments.

    City Facilities That Require Proof of Vaccination

    • Tournament Capital Centre
    • Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre - Fitness Centre only
    • All City arenas - Brocklehurst Arena, McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre, Sandman Centre, and Valleyview Arena
    • All City community centres—Hal Rogers Activity Centre, Heritage House, Valleyview Community Hall, West Highlands Community Centre, and Yacht Club

    Proof of Vaccination is Not Required for:

    • Conducting City business such as attending a City meeting, paying a bill, applying for a permit, etc.
    • Adults supporting children and youth during recreation and sport programs (parents, coaches, volunteers, etc.)
    • Sport and recreation programs for children and youth aged 18 and under
    • Aquatic programs and public swimming

    Masks are mandatory in all City facilities, and residents are asked to not enter any City facility if they are feeling ill.

    For more information on providing proof of vaccination or to obtain the BC Vaccine Card, visit www.Gov.BC.ca/VaccineCard.

  • Masks Mandatory in all City Facilities

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    On Friday, August 20, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced new restrictions for all of Interior Health, including Kamloops. Effective at midnight on August 21, masks are mandatory in all City facilities.

  • COVID-19 Potential Exposure at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre on July 30, 2021

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    Interior Health has informed the City of Kamloops that two individuals who attended the Canada Games Aquatic Centre at the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) on the afternoon of July 30, 2021, have tested positive for COVID-19.

    Interior Health is contacting all people who attended the public swim on July 30, 2021, from 1:45-2:45 pm and instructing them to isolate for 14 days from that date. TCC staff are not required to isolate as the nature of their work keeps them physically distanced from guests of the facility. Everyone, including TCC staff, is required to monitor symptoms.

    While the City is no longer required to have people register for contract tracing purposes, a list of everyone at the pool during this period has been made available to Interior Health as the City is still requiring registration for visits to the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.

  • City of Kamloops Responds to Phase 3 of BC’s Restart Plan

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    As the Province of BC moves into Phase 3 of its Restart Plan, the City of Kamloops will be adjusting operations accordingly. Effective July 1, 2021:

    Public Spaces and Facilities

    • Masks will not be mandatory in City facilities; they will be welcomed for anyone who would like to wear one, and will be recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated (you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your second immunization).
    • Residents are asked to not enter any City facility if you are feeling ill.
    • Physical barriers and directional traffic flow will remain in place at some facilities.
    • Parks and community halls will be available for booking for organized gatherings in accordance with public health guidelines.

    Recreation, Health, and Wellness

    • All gyms and recreation facilities will return to regular capacity.
    • Showers, lockers, and water fountains will be available for use.
    • Pre-registration will no longer be required for drop-in programs.
    • More spectators will be permitted at indoor and outdoor sporting events in accordance with public health guidelines.

    The City requires more time to adjust staffing levels and programming at pools. As such, limited capacity and pre-registration will remain in effect until further notice. More details will be provided in the next two weeks.

    We appreciate the public’s patience as we adjust our operations to Phase 3. The City of Kamloops would like to thank residents for their ongoing efforts to protect our community and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Mayor's Task Force on Economic Recovery and Renewal Update

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    Tammy Robertson, the City's External Relations Manager, provided Council with a first quarter (Q1) 2021 update on actions undertaken in support of the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery and Renewal (MTF) recommendations. Key highlights from Q1 2021 include:

    • marketing campaigns focused on supporting local
    • creating the Tournament Capital Return to Sport program
    • featuring the local hospitality industry and arts and culture organizations in promotions
    • supporting start-up entrepreneurs working to capitalize on new opportunities
    • preparing costs and estimates to design and construct the 4th Avenue plaza
    • supporting rotating block closures for Victoria Street
    • constructing patios in the North Shore and South Shore commercial areas
    • implementing food hub funding to facilitate food hub processing facilities in the Kamloops region with key partners Garden Gate and TRU Culinary Arts
    • co-hosting three procurement sessions for the local business community to create better awareness of procurement practices in June 2021

    This is the third update to Council on MTF recommendations.

    View the full report.

    View the presentation within the Council meeting slide deck.

  • City Lends Support to Interior Health for Hosting of Vaccination Clinics at Municipal Recreation Facilities

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    In support of the provincial vaccination efforts for COVID-19, the City of Kamloops is working with Interior Health to provide facilities for vaccination clinics in Kamloops. Both the curling rink at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre and a portion of the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) Fieldhouse will be closed to the public this spring to accommodate Interior Health for approximately seven months or until they no longer require the space for mass vaccinations. The City has also reserved the option for Interior Health to use one hockey sheet at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre if the need arises.

    Municipal Support

    “We are working in partnership to not only provide space, but also municipal staff at both facilities for cleaning, general facility maintenance, parking control, technical support, and also firefighters to support the vaccine rollout,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “This will come at a cost to the City and an inconvenience to our community, but it is absolutely worth it for the health and wellness of our community.”

    The curling rink at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre sees limited usage over the summer months, so its closure will have minimal impact to residents. Portions of the TCC Fieldhouse will remain open to the public with modified access during both the March clinic and the mass vaccination clinic. Patrons at the TCC can expect the following adjustments:

    • modified access points to the Fieldhouse floor
    • “half-track” walking loop
    • reduced exercise stations
    • no drop-in basketball or table tennis

    “These immunization clinics, particularly at the TCC, will definitely impact our community and a number of user groups that use the indoor track and courts throughout the spring and summer. However, this is a temporary impact and before long, we can return to doing the things we enjoy doing,” said Sean Smith, the City’s Business Operations and Events Supervisor.

    All winter recreation programs are ending in March and will not be impacted by the vaccination clinics. Some spring and summer programming will be cancelled; however, these cancellations will not be reflected in the Spring and Summer Activity Guide due to press deadlines. Residents should check Kamloops.ca/PerfectMind for updated schedules.

    As modified access is still available, memberships will not be automatically cancelled; however, memberships that extend into the impacted dates can be cancelled without penalty. Arrangements can be made by emailing prcaccount@kamloops.ca.

    During the vaccination clinics, designated parking will be reserved for clinic patients and patrons with limited mobility. All patrons may experience limited or alternate parking options and should try to arrive early to allow adequate time for parking.

    “As the vaccination plan evolves, we may need to make further changes to our operations,” said Smith. “Residents should visit Kamloops.ca/TCC for the most up-to-date information.”

    Vaccination Clinic Information

    The next phase of B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan is launching and Interior Health will be moving ahead to provide immunizations to many more people; starting with those who are most vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19.

    As of March 8, booking will be open to seniors age 90 and over and Aboriginal seniors age 65 and over by calling 1-877-740-7747 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., PST, seven days a week.

    The age eligibility of who can call to book appointments will change over time. Interior Health’s Phase 2 vaccine information is available here: https://news.interiorhealth.ca/news/covid-19-vaccines/

    “When you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, I appeal to everyone in Kamloops to make your appointment, recognizing that this immunization plan is designed to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Carol Fenton, Interior Health medical health officer.

    Immunize BC has information on dose timing, vaccine allergies, timing, and more: https://immunizebc.ca/covid-19-vaccine-frequently-asked-questions.

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  • COVID-19 Video Update - January 29, 2021

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    𝘼 𝙢𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙖𝙜𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙈𝙖𝙮𝙤𝙧 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙣:

    We are in the middle of the second wave of COVID-19 within the City of Kamloops.

    Here at the City, we have staff off -- waiting for test results, they're off looking after sick family members, and they're off because they are exposed to other people who have COVID-19.

    And we are no different than any other business in the community. We have an outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital. We have a long-term care facility with an outbreak. We have exposures in the schools, in businesses, and even within heavy industry.

    So now more than ever is the time we need to reiterate the public health messages that we've become all too familiar with.

    - First of all, no non-essential travel.

    - Secondly, keep your bubbles small and keep your social interactions small.

    - Wash your hands often.

    - Wear your mask.

    - And, never go out when you're ill. Stay home. Look after yourself.

    Several years ago, I was honoured to receive a life membership in the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. Their motto is 𝘚𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘴 𝘗𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘪 𝘚𝘶𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢 𝘓𝘦𝘹 which generally translates to "𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙬."

    We are asking you to make some sacrifices, but we are doing that on behalf of the greater good. In particular, to protect our seniors who helped build Kamloops.

    - Mayor Ken Christian

  • COVID-19 Video Update - December 7, 2020

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    Mayor Ken Christian reflects on Kamloops' resiliency in the face of a worldwide pandemic, and reiterates the importance of public health measures.


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