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.

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.

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.

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

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    16 days ago

    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...

    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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    22 days ago

    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...

    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.

  • City of Kamloops Continues with Gradual Reopening Plan

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    28 days ago

    The City of Kamloops is continuing to implement its gradual reopening plan, as safety plans and procedures are put in place. Starting next week, residents will begin to see expanded hours and services at the TCC followed by further reopenings throughout the month as follows:

    June 15: Expanded Hours and Services at the TCC

    • TCC Fieldhouse hours will expand to 6:30 am–6:30 pm, Monday–Saturday. Change rooms will not be available, and a limited number of lockers will be available (bring your own lock), so guests are encouraged to come prepared to workout.
    • TCC guests will have expanded fitness opportunities with...

    The City of Kamloops is continuing to implement its gradual reopening plan, as safety plans and procedures are put in place. Starting next week, residents will begin to see expanded hours and services at the TCC followed by further reopenings throughout the month as follows:

    June 15: Expanded Hours and Services at the TCC

    • TCC Fieldhouse hours will expand to 6:30 am–6:30 pm, Monday–Saturday. Change rooms will not be available, and a limited number of lockers will be available (bring your own lock), so guests are encouraged to come prepared to workout.
    • TCC guests will have expanded fitness opportunities with the return of the EZ Line exercise equipment adjacent to the indoor track and new fitness stations on north court.
    • Drop-in basketball will resume with modifications. Players must bring their own balls, one ball per person (no sharing balls), and one-on-one or scrimmages will not be permitted.
    • Daily drop-in track passes are $5, and monthly track-only passes are available for $20. The City is requesting payment via debit or credit only.

    June 22: Splash Parks Open

    • Splash parks at Riverside Park, Albert McGowan, McDonald Park, and Westsyde Centennial Park will reopen 10:00 am–8:00 pm daily.

    June 29: Additional Recreation Facilities and Fields Opening

    • The Athlete Performance Centre (APC) at the TCC will open. Change rooms will not be not available, and a limited number of lockers will be available (bring your own lock), so guests are encouraged to come prepared to workout. Daily drop-in track passes are $5, and monthly Track + APC passes are available for $29. The City is requesting payment via debit or credit only.
    • The City will be opening select sports fields for booking starting June 29, 2020, as provincial and local sport organizations develop safety plans. The NHL ice sheet at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre will also be available for booking. Visit Kamloops.ca/BookNow for booking information.

    "We are preparing select facilities and fields for the gradual return of modified organized sport," said Mayor Ken Christian. "We look forward to welcoming our local sport organizations back once we receive their Ready to Play safety plans required by the provincial health authorities."

    In addition to these openings, recreation staff are working hard to develop modified sport and fitness programs in accordance with provincial guidelines. Plans are also underway for reopening other fitness amenities and pools. More details on these openings will be released as they become available.

    Residents are reminded to practise good hand hygiene and physical distancing in City parks and facilities and to stay home if they are unwell. Anyone displaying obvious flu-like symptoms may be asked to leave City parks or facilities.

  • School District and City Playgrounds Reopen

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    about 1 month ago

    June 1, 2020 - As phased reopening plans continue to progress across the city, the next phase will see playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment opening today, June 1. This includes outdoor playgrounds located in municipal parks and at Kamloops’ public schools.

    The decision to close playgrounds has been at the discretion of local governments and were closed across the city in mid-March. Staff have been working collaboratively with municipal and regional partners to determine the appropriate timing for reopening playgrounds.

    Removal of the closed signs and caution tape will signify that playgrounds are open for public use. Residents are asked...

    June 1, 2020 - As phased reopening plans continue to progress across the city, the next phase will see playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment opening today, June 1. This includes outdoor playgrounds located in municipal parks and at Kamloops’ public schools.

    The decision to close playgrounds has been at the discretion of local governments and were closed across the city in mid-March. Staff have been working collaboratively with municipal and regional partners to determine the appropriate timing for reopening playgrounds.

    Removal of the closed signs and caution tape will signify that playgrounds are open for public use. Residents are asked to refrain from using these spaces until the signs and caution tape have been removed. It should be noted that playgrounds will not be cleaned and that residents are using the park at their own risk. Waterparks will remain closed at this time.

    Residents are encouraged to exercise caution when visiting local playgrounds and to continue to follow provincial health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

    • washing and/or sanitizing hands before and after visiting playgrounds
    • maintaining a physical distance and avoiding gatherings
    • staying home if you feel unwell

    Information regarding waterparks and indoor recreation facility reopening plans will be provided in the near future. Each facility has unique considerations to ensure staff’s and patrons’ safety.

    For more information regarding the phased reopening of programs and facilities, please visit Kamloops.ca/COVID or SD73.bc.ca.

  • TCC Indoor Track will Reopen with Phased Approach for the Rest of the Fieldhouse

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    about 1 month ago

    May 29, 2020 - The indoor track will be open starting Monday. The upper gym areas (the Athlete Performance Centre and the Wellness Centre), the EZ Line fitness equipment, and the Fieldhouse courts will remain closed at this time. Staff are working with multiple agencies, including the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, Interior Health, and the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) to determine a safe reopening strategy.

    TCC users should also be aware of other changes in place, including the following:

    • A drop-in visit costs $5 or monthly passes are available. Annual memberships are not available at this...

    May 29, 2020 - The indoor track will be open starting Monday. The upper gym areas (the Athlete Performance Centre and the Wellness Centre), the EZ Line fitness equipment, and the Fieldhouse courts will remain closed at this time. Staff are working with multiple agencies, including the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, Interior Health, and the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) to determine a safe reopening strategy.

    TCC users should also be aware of other changes in place, including the following:

    • A drop-in visit costs $5 or monthly passes are available. Annual memberships are not available at this time.
    • NO cash will be accepted—debit or credit only.
    • The adjusted hours are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. These hours are temporary during the reopening and will be expanded as restrictions are lifted.
    • Guests are encouraged to leave their valuables at home and to come ready to work out as there will be no access to changerooms or lockers.
    • There will be reduced parking available due to construction on both the Canada Games Aquatic Centre and Hillside Stadium. Please use caution when in the area, and obey any construction signage.
    • For the safety of our guests, there will be a 180-person limit for the Fieldhouse. Expect lineups, be patient, and allow ample time for your visit. Check out the webcams at Kamloops.ca/FacilityWebcams before you go.
    • As per Interior Health guidelines, water fountains will be turned off, but the water bottle refill station will be open. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

    We ask that you do not enter the TCC if you’re feeling ill, if you’ve been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, or you’ve travelled outside of the country recently. Please practise physical distancing and good hygiene. Fencing and floor markings will delineate flow throughout the building. Please be patient, be respectful to staff and other patrons, and abide by set time limits on equipment.

    Sport Fields
    We are working with PacificSport and ViaSport on a strategy for reopening sports fields. At this time, fields are open for unstructured play, but scrimmages and games are not permitted.

    Basketball Nets
    Nets on City courts will be reinstalled as soon as possible.

    Community Halls, Pools, City Arenas, and Water Parks
    These facilities will remain closed until further notice. We are working closely with the Province, the BCRPA, and the National Lifesaving Society to develop a plan to reopen the water parks and pools.

    “We recognize the importance of being able to provide recreation opportunities for our residents while ensuring the health and safety of our patrons and our staff,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “We look forward to being able to open additional facilities over the coming months.”



  • City of Kamloops Slowly Reopening Civic Facilities

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    about 2 months 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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    about 2 months 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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    2 months 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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    3 months 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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    3 months 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.”