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COVID-19: Criteria for Park and Facility Closure

Closure or service adjustment to any City of Surrey parks, amenities or facilities will result if any of the following
three criteria are met:

  1. By order of the Provincial Health Officer under the Public Health Act; or
  2. Surrey Emergency Operations Centre assessment indicates a significant risk to health and safety or where compliance with physical distancing requirements can not be reasonably achieved; or
  3. When direction is received from Mayor and Council.

Current Status of Closure and Service Impacts

The above noted criteria have led to the following closure or service impacts:

1. Facilities closed to public access

  • As of March 16, 2020 - Closure of all City recreation centres, ice arenas, culture facilities, pools and libraries until further notice.
  • As of March 17, 2020 two of the six Surrey RCMP public access counters were closed to the public. The other four offices are not impacted.
  • As of March 31, 2020 all Surrey Fire Halls were closed to public access.

2. Park amenities closed

  • As of March 23, 2020 all city playgrounds, skateparks, sports courts for team sports such as basketball, lacrosse/ball hockey and playing fields for organized sports were closed.
  • All provincial sport organizations, i.e. BC Soccer, BC Football, BC Baseball, BC Softball and BC Cricket have suspended all play.
  • On April 8, 2020 the 1001 Steps andChristopherson Steps were closed to public access.
  • As of April 15, 2020 the 13th Avenue Lookout/Steps at 131 St/13 Ave in South Surrey wereclosed to public access.

3. Facilities open to public access

  • As of March 27, 2020 City Hall services are available by appointment only.
  • Engineering Operations Centre is currently open. Security monitors public visitation and arranges appointments on an as needed basis.
  • South Works Yard and North Works Yard are functional under business as usual status but customer services are not available.

4. Park Amenities open

  • Trails in large parks may remain open for walking with imposed physical distancing (2 metres) requirements.
  • Casual use of sports fields and open green space within city parks continues to occur with imposed physical distancing (2 metres) requirements.

5. Available public access washroom facilities

  • Washrooms remain accessible in key locations to support essential service work of truck drivers supplying goods and services across the city which includes imposed hand washing and physical distancing measures and requirements.

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