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 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.


  • Impacts of COVID Public Health Orders on City Operations

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    Yesterday afternoon, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Bonnie Henry, announced new public health orders for the entire province. By order and direction of the PHO, all individuals, places of work, and businesses in BC must significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel.

    “The City has made some changes in response to the new health orders that are very important for the safety of the public and staff while making sure that both the business of the City and the ability for the public to participate in City projects and Council meetings continues,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “I urge everyone to follow the orders and limit their social interactions. We are in this together. It will take all of us.”

    The new public health orders include several mandates that impact City operations, including the following:

    • Mandatory masks in public indoor spaces
    • No organized events or community-based gatherings
    • No social gatherings of any size
    • Limited group exercise classes

    In response to the new public health orders, the City has initiated the following changes:

    • Masks are now mandatory in all civic buildings in common and public spaces.
    • The City is liaising with people who have rented our community halls to ensure the activities are compliant with public health orders.
    • The North Shore Plan Design Charrette open houses, previously scheduled for Saturday at the Holiday Inn & Suites, have been cancelled and replaced with an online session on Saturday from 10:00–11:30 am. See LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/NorthShorePlan for details.
    • Public engagement on all City projects will be virtual until the new year.
    • All Committee meetings, Committee of the Whole meetings, Council meetings, and Public Hearings will be restricted to in-person attendance by Council and staff only until further notice. Members of the public and the media can view and/or participate via Zoom
    • The City has cancelled some high-intensity indoor fitness classes for the remainder of the fall session, including Strength Intervals, Cyclefit, HIIT, and TRX classes. Registered users have been contacted and provided account credits. Other classes may be modified to reduce the intensity.

    The general message delivered by the PHO is that we are deep within the second wave of this pandemic, and we all need to increase the safety measures we have been practicing to break the COVID-19 transmission cycle. These orders are currently in effect until December 8; however, Dr. Henry has indicated that these will be revisited and might be extended.

  • Province-wide restrictions

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    By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all individuals, places of work, and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel.

    Last updated: November 20, 2020

  • Masks Expected in all City of Kamloops Facilities

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    October 29, 2020 – Following the direction of Dr. Bonnie Henry, the City of Kamloops now expects residents to wear a mask while inside any City facility, including City Hall, the Museum, and TCC. The City thanks you for everything you continue to do to keep yourself and others safe.

  • City of Kamloops Confirms Positive COVID-19 Case

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    September 2, 2020 – The City of Kamloops has confirmed a positive COVID-19 test in a City staff person. However, this COVID-positive case did not result in any contacts at the City.

    “This is a situation where City employees were near someone who had tested positive for COVID,” said David Trawin. ”However, public health officials found that, because of the physical distancing and cleaning protocols that we have put in place, none of the employees who may have been exposed are at risk and they are not considered to be contacts.”

    A message was passed along to the City from the Chief Medical Health Officer for Interior Health that noted that the City’s COVID safety protocols were effective at preventing those employees exposed from becoming COVID contacts.

    “This is evidence that our safety protocols are working and they are crucial to our efforts at keeping our employees and the public as protected as we can,” said Trawin. “We remind everyone to be vigilant and continue to practice physical distancing, cleaning, and handwashing, and to stay home when ill—all the efforts that you have been making to keep yourself and each other safe.”

    The City is following and will continue to follow Public Health guidelines for managing exposures within our workplace and the community. We will continue to be open and transparent in our updates to our employees and our community.

    The City encourages everyone to be even more diligent as flu season approaches. If anyone is concerned about their health, they should contacted 811.

    For up-to-date information on the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit Kamloops.ca/COVID and visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website for information COVID-19 prevention and risks.

  • Tournament Capital Returns to Hosting with Weekend Throws Competition

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    July 30, 2020 - The City of Kamloops is excited to see the return of competition to the Tournament Capital with the Kamloops Throws Meet #2, which will take place at Hillside Stadium on August 1 and 2, 2020. Kamloops will be the first city to host a sanctioned club competition in the sport of athletics since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Our athletes are beyond excited for this opportunity,” said Dylan Armstrong, Throws Coach for the Kamloops Track and Field Club (KTFC). “Athletes will be able to track official marks and results that are eligible for provincial and national records and rankings.”

    The KTFC has worked closely with Athletics Canada, BC Athletics, and viaSport to develop guidelines for safe competitions that follow current BC Health guidelines. These guidelines include gathering limits (maximum 50 people), physical distancing and hygiene measures, and daily symptom screening. For this reason, no spectators will be permitted at the event.

    “We are thrilled to begin our gradual and thoughtful return to safe event and competition hosting in Kamloops,” said Sean Smith, the City’s Business Operations and Events Supervisor. “The KTFC and our Parks and Facility crews have worked hard to prepare for a successful event that is safe for the athletes and our community.”

    This event will be followed by Kamloops Throws Meet #3 (August 7 and 8) and Kamloops Throws Meet #4 (August 13). In accordance with public health guidelines, spectators will not be permitted until further notice. To learn more about these events, visit KamTrack.ca.

  • Ready to Play: A Return to Sport and Recreation in Kamloops

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    June 24, 2020 – The City of Kamloops is ready to gradually welcome residents back to sport and recreation in a safe manner starting June 29, 2020, with the opening of more civic facilities and amenities. The reopening of these parks and facilities is part of the City’s gradual reopening plan which is focused on meeting the cleaning and safety protocols outlined by the Province.

    Brock Pool
    With the warmer weather finally arriving in Kamloops, the City is excited to announce that Brock Pool will reopen on June 29. For the first nine days, the pool will be open for drop-in lap swimming and swim groups only to accommodate additional training for the lifeguard staff. On July 6, AquaFit classes will resume Monday–Friday, 10:30–11:30 am.

    On Wednesday, July 8, Brock Pool will reopen for public swimming with limited capacity. Until further notice, all children aged 13 years and younger must be accompanied in the pool by an adult to help monitor physical distancing. Visit Kamloops.ca/Swim for weekly schedules. Residents are reminded that Brock Pool is a cash-only facility.

    Prince Charles Park Wading Pool

    The wading pool at Prince Charles Park will also reopen on June 29 with new restrictions. There will be a maximum of 30 people allowed in the pool area at one time, and children must be accompanied by an adult. City staff will be on site to monitor physical distancing and capacity and may enforce time restrictions as necessary to allow as many people to enjoy the wading pool as possible. The wading pool will be open daily 11:00 am–6:00 pm.

    Riverside Park Beach

    With the limited pool space in town due to construction at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is preparing for higher volumes at Riverside Park’s beach. Providing lifeguards at the Riverside Park beach is an important part of the City’s commitment to community safety. This year, in addition to water safety, the lifeguards will have the added responsibility of keeping residents safe on land by encouraging physical distancing on the beach. Once the flood barriers have been removed, the beach will reopen and be staffed by lifeguards seven days a week, weather-permitting:

    • Monday–Thursday, 1:00–5:00 pm
    • Friday–Sunday, 11:00 am–6:00 pm

    Tournament Capital Centre

    Effective Monday, the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) will expand its services with the reopening of the Wellness Centre and the Athlete Performance Centre. Guests are encouraged to leave their valuables at home and to come ready to workout as there will be no access to change rooms. A limited number of coin-operated lockers will be available for $0.25. Per Interior Health guidelines, water fountains will be turned off, but the water bottle refill station will be open, and residents are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

    Please be patient, be respectful to staff and other patrons, and abide by the time limits for equipment. The TCC is open Monday–Saturday, 6:30 am–6:30 pm. Although non-contact forms of payment is preferred, cash is now accepted at TCC. Details on rates and schedules are available at Kamloops.ca/TCC.

    Sports Fields and Ice Rinks

    Organized sports are expected to ramp up this summer, with many local sport organizations (LSOs) developing their “Return to Sport” plans to address the physical distancing requirements outlined by the Province. Select fields and facilities will be available for booking to LSOs that have an approved safety plan:

    • slo-pitch - Tournament Capital Ranch (10) and Pacific Way (2)
    • softball/senior slo-pitch - Charles Anderson Stadium (2) and Exhibition Field (1)
    • baseball - McArthur Island (11)
    • soccer - West Highlands Park (2); Singh Bowl (2); and McArthur Island Fields 7, 8, and 9 only (3)
    • community football – lower TCC field (1)
    • rugby - Exhibition Park (1)
    • cricket - Rae-Mor Park (1)

    In addition, the Olympic Rink at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre will be available for booking effective June 29, and the NHL Rink will be ready July 10. These facilities and fields can be booked at Kamloops.ca/BookNow or by calling 250-828-3600.

    Recreation Programming

    The City’s recreation team has also been working hard to develop modified recreational programming, which will also launch in July. In compliance with recommendations set out by the Government of Canada, the Province of BC, viaSport, and the BC Parks and Recreation Association, recreation programs will operate under new protocols, including reduced occupancy limits, cleaning standards, daily health screenings, and first aid adaptations. Registration is open now at Kamloops.ca/PerfectMind for programs such as Tots Soccer and Sportball for kids and tennis and pickleball for adults.

    Work Around Home

    The City recognizes that not everyone is eager to get out and play and is reinitiating some services to help people with their home and garden projects. The Barnhartvale Landfill, Landfill Diversion Area, and Yard Waste Site will reopen on Friday, June 26. Residents are reminded that this is a cash-only facility. In addition, the City’s textile recycling bins are open and ready for residents’ unwanted textiles such as clothing, footwear, and bedding. Bin locations can be found at Kamloops.ca/Textiles or using the Waste Wise App.

    “We’re happy to welcome residents back to more of our facilities in a safe, physically-distanced way,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We recognize there is great interest in other facilities, such as the arenas, community halls, and Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre, and we look forward continuing our gradual reopening over the coming months.”

    Residents are reminded to stay home if they are feeling ill, if they’ve been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, or if they’ve recently travelled outside of the country. Please practise physical distancing and good hygiene. For more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, visit Kamloops.ca/COVID.


  • Reopening of the Kamloops Museum & Archives

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    Opening Date: 9:30am; Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    The Kamloops Museum & Archives (KMA) is pleased to announce that it will be reopening its doors to visitors beginning Tuesday, June 23, at 9:30 am, and resuming regular operating hours. The reopening will include a new exhibition that presents Royal Inland Hospital’s and Tranquille Sanatorium’s historical records.

    In compliance with recommendations set out by the Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and the City of Kamloops, the KMA will operate under new protocols to protect all visitors and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. New protocols include reducing occupancy limits, changing Archives services, and changing programs.

    In its initial phase of reopening, the KMA will allow a maximum of 15 visitors at any one time to enable adequate physical distancing. While reservations will not be accepted, visitors may call in advance for information to reduce the possibly of wait times at the door.

    Several exhibition spaces within the Museum have been reconfigured or made temporarily inaccessible. At this time, all hands-on interactive elements have been removed from the Children’s Museum. Instead, young visitors will be invited to take part in a scavenger hunt to explore new artifacts placed in that gallery.

    The Archives will require all research inquiries to be made in advance, and access to research materials will be by appointment only. Limits to advance reservations and access to research materials will be subject to the Archivist’s discretion. Research appointments will not exceed 45 minutes in duration and will be limited to one researcher or a family group of no more than two individuals.

    Visitors should also expect modifications to, reductions in, or cancellations of KMA programs. Hands-on group activities are not permitted under current COVID-19 safety guidelines. Where possible, programs will be adapted or will migrate to digital formats with appropriate changes to cost.

    Finally, while routine cleaning procedures have been implemented, visitors are encouraged to arrive prepared, bring personal protective equipment if needed, and where possible, avoid using the KMA’s public washrooms.

    Despite the array of provisional measures in place to protect visitors, the KMA encourages visitors to be vigilant in avoiding touching any surfaces. KMA staff want to continue offering a fun, inspiring atmosphere for visitors to share in the creation and understanding of Kamloops’ heritage.

    For details or information on KMA hours, location, or services, visit Kamloops.ca/KMA.