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West Vancouver shuts public recreation facilities

Seniors' activity centre, weight rooms, aquatic centre closed in response to COVID-19
West Vancouver rec centre

The District of West Vancouver has announced it will close many of its recreation facilities Saturday in response to the coronavirus.

The municipality issued a press statement saying the seniors' activity centre, weight rooms at Gleneagles Community Centre and at the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre, the gymnastics gym at the West Vancouver Community Centre and the spin studio at Gleneagles will all close March 14. The aquatic centre has been closed for seasonal maintenance and will remain closed. All of the closures are effective until further notice. 

“We are taking these measures out of concern for the health and well-being of our community and, in particular, our seniors,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Booth in a statement. “We will continue to provide takeout food options from the seniors’ activity centre because we know many members of our community rely on this and it’s vital to their health and well-being.”

Booth said by closing the facilities, the municipality hopes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, especially among seniors and people with compromised immune systems.

The West Vancouver Community Centre, West Vancouver Memorial Library, ice arena, the clubhouse at Gleneagles Golf Course, Gleneagles Community Centre and other West Vancouver facilities will remain open. District staff are assessing the situation and the recommendations of the health authorities and may potentially take additional measures, according to the municipality’s statement.

Food service at the seniors’ activity centre will continue on a takeout basis between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., seven days a week.

In response to the provincial ban on mass gatherings, the municipality is also postponing all in-person public engagement on West Vancouver initiatives and development applications until further notice.