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This page provides information you need to know about SCRD Recreation Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please check often because this page is frequently updated.

Provincial Health Orders

Update - April 9, 2021: Masks are required when visiting recreation facilities, including while exercising.

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COVID-19 Safety Plans

WorkSafe BC COVID-19 Safety Plans:

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What to expect about sAFETY AND risk

Recreation Facilities are open but the “new normal” is different than before the COVID-19 pandemic. Please expect changes to what you may be used to and familiarize yourself with the changes before visiting us.

Assumption of Risk
Be aware that there is a risk of contracting COVID-19 despite our efforts. Please read the Assumption of Risk document . This document explains that although the SCRD has introduced controls to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the recreation facilities, there is still a risk of contracting COVID-19. If you have underlying health conditions, you may want to consider carefully if you are willing to take this risk.

Expect the following controls to reduce risk of COVID-19 when you visit recreation facilities:

Pre-register before visiting the recreation facility
Patrons must pre-register for ALL programs, including programs that used to be drop-in before the COVID-19 pandemic. This allows us to make sure that we can all meet the 2 metre physical distancing requirement. Please arrive on time and leave promptly when your activity ends.

Dropping into the facility without registration is not permitted. You can pre-register up to one hour before the start time of the activity.

Stay home if you are sick!
Before visiting recreation facilities or attending programs, participants and staff are asked to do a self-check and stay home if experiencing any symptoms. If you are sick, contact Health Link BC at 811. Any participants displaying symptoms will be kindly asked to leave for the collective safety of everyone.

Physically Distance - Do your part, stay 2 metres apart!
Physical distancing (staying 2 metres apart) is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Maximum class sizes and room capacities have been adjusted to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained.

Traffic through the recreation facilities will be carefully controlled to help keep distance between people. Please watch for markers on floors and signs indicating how to move through the facilities.

Physical distancing in Arenas:
Patrons must maintain 2 meters physical distancing while in the arena common areas including staging areas, entrances, hallways, walkways, washrooms and dressing rooms. When on the arena surface patrons must maintain 2 meters physical distancing while Roller Skating and 3 meters physical distancing while participating in a sport activity (Pickleball).

Updated April 9, 2021: Masks must be worn at all times while exercising.
Effective immediately, masks must be worn at all times while exercising in Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) fitness centres. This new requirement follows guidance from the most recent Provincial Health Order update and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) that states the following:

  • Masks must be worn at all times including while exercising.
  • People who are unable to wear a mask due to a health condition or a physical, cognitive or mental impairment, and people who are unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person are exempt from wearing a mask.
  • People who are unable to wear a mask must maintain at least 3 metres physical distancing from others at all times when in the facility.

• Employers are expected to inform customers and employees of the mandatory mask policy
• A customer can be refused entry or service if they do not wear a mask

Masks in Gyms & Fitness Centers and Weight Rooms:
For gyms and fitness centers and weight rooms, masks must be worn at all times, including while exercising.

Masks in Pools:
It is mandatory that patrons wear masks anywhere in the facility except while swimming or moving from one pool to another (assuming that physical distancing can be maintained).

Masks in Arenas:
Masks must be worn in all common areas including staging areas, entrances, hallways, walkways, washrooms and dressing rooms. While patrons are on the arena dry-floor surface masks are recommended but not mandatory. The mask should be replaced as soon as the patron leaves the arena dry-floor surface.

Hand Hygiene & Enhanced Cleaning
Hand disinfectant will be provided at all programs and indoor spaces. Please use it frequently. Disinfecting spray or wipes will be available in indoor spaces. Please use before and after using any equipment. Avoid touching your face wherever possible.

We have increased the frequency of cleaning in the recreation facilities. High touch areas will be cleaned frequently and extra time is scheduled between activities for additional cleaning.

Which rECREATION FACILITIES are open?

Gibsons & Area Community Centre - OPEN
Gibsons & District Aquatic Facility - OPEN
Pender Harbour Aquatic & Fitness Centre - OPEN
Sechelt Aquatic Centre - OPEN
Sunshine Coast Arena - OPEN

What activities are available?

Currently the following activities are available for pre-registration:

How do I participate in recreation programs?

Step 1: Pre-register before you come to the recreation facility
Patrons must pre-register for ALL programs, including programs that used to be drop-in before the COVID-19 pandemic. Dropping into the facility without registration is not permitted.

Registration for each activity is available up to one hour before the start time.

How do I pre-register?

Step 2: Arriving to the recreation facility

Masks are required.
Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before the start of your activity and no more than 5 minutes after the start time. When your activity ends, please leave promptly. This will help us minimize contact between people which can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Can't make it to your pre-registered activity?
Please let us know if you are unable to attend your activity by calling us 604-885-6801 or email us. This helps us make your spot available to someone else.

Learn about the Cancellation and Refund Policy.

Helpful hints to get the most out of your visit

The facilities are open but things are different than the way they were before the COVID-19 Pandemic. Once you have pre-registered for an activity, read this before you come:

  • Change room access will be limited. Plan to shower and change at home after your program ends if possible.
  • Bring your own water bottle full from home. Water fountains will not be available.
  • Avoid bringing valuables and extra items with you. Lost and found will be limited to phones, wallets and keys. Valuables will be sent to the RCMP.
  • The number of washrooms available for patrons in the facility may be reduced.
  • Spectators are not permitted at indoor classes at this time.
  • Patrons are welcome to wear a mask. Mask wearing is recommended where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Transit products and Dog Licenses will not be available for sale at recreation facilities at this time. Please visit www.scrd.ca or call 604-885-6800 for locations where you can purchase these items.

We can help one another lower the spread of COVID-19

You can count on us to:

  • Clean high touch areas frequently.
  • Provide hand disinfectant at all programs and throughout each facility.
  • Nightly fitness centre deep clean.
  • Midday closure at each facility for a thorough deep clean of washrooms and changing areas.
  • Disinfecting spray or wipes will be available in indoor spaces.
  • Extra time is scheduled between activities for cleaning.
  • Control the number of people in the building to maintain enough space for physical distancing.

We need you to:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Pre-register before you arrive: online or by phone 604-885-6801.
  • In person registrations are NOT available at the front desk at this time.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Check in at the front desk for your program: up to 10 minutes before the start time of your program and no later than 5 minutes after the start of the program.
  • Read the Assumption of Risk document before participating.
  • Please observe traffic flow markers in the facility.
  • Do your part and keep 2 metres apart.
  • Please wash your hands frequently while in the facility. Hand disinfectant is provided for all programs.
  • Disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • Enjoy your program!
  • Leave promptly after your program has finished. This will help us minimize contact between people which can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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