Information Resources on BC’s COVID-19 ResponseThe BC Centre for Disease Control has been providing regular updates to citizens on the response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). They have developed a comprehensive information page for citizens. You can view that information here.
Fraser Health has also updated their website with information for citizens.
The most frequently asked question is ‘how can I protect myself and my family from getting the virus?’
The answer from the FAQ is that you should follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season:
- The most important thing you can do to prevent Coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze so you're not exposing other people.
- If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed. HealthLink BC can be contacted by dialing 8-1-1 to provide advice.
City of Maple Ridge ResponseThe City of Maple Ridge’s Emergency Operations Centre is actively working to address the immediate and long term response to COVID-19 to ensure the continued delivery of essential City services such as Fire and Police protection, water, sewer and road network maintenance.
As this is a health emergency, the City of Maple Ridge has provided information and advisories from Fraser Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to all City employees to ensure our front line staff are following best practices, as determined by our community health authority, so we can provide uninterrupted service to our citizens.
The City of Maple Ridge reminds citizens that the authoritative source for information on COVID-19 is the BCCDC and Fraser Health and we urge citizens to follow their guidance on the appropriate action to take for the safety of you and your family. Look for more information in the ‘Getting the Facts’ section of this page.
City staff are monitoring the situation daily and any decision to escalate our front line response will be enacted based on recommendations of the Federal Government, Province of BC, BCCDC and Fraser Health. The City is standing with all levels of government on a coordinated response to COVID-19.
Facility/Playground Closures & Program/Membership/Rental Impacts
Effective Friday, March 20, City Hall, Bylaws and the Operations Centre was closed to the public. Staff are still at work to ensure City operations run smoothly, we’re just doing business a bit differently. Whenever possible, please use our eServices available here.
The City previous announced the closure of all playground apparatus at City parks. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. We are counting on parents to help keep their children away from these spaces.
Update March 31
All sports fields, sports courts, skate parks and playgrounds are now closed in response to Provincial direction to practice social distancing. Signage and locks are being installed at these facilities.
All facility rentals have been canceled until April 30, 2020 to protect the community and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Sport fields, community halls, fairground buildings and recreation centres are closed in response to Provincial direction to ensure social distancing. Parks, Recreation & Culture staff will continue to monitor and implement new recommendations from the BC Centre for Disease Control and will provide additional notices to the public if further cancellations are required.
City park sites and trails remain open at this time so people can get fresh air, however citizens are reminded to follow the guidelines to distance from other family units. We ALL need to do our part to stop the spread COVID-19.
Parks, Recreation & Culture staff will continue to monitor and implement recommendations outlined by the BC Centre for Disease Control and will communicate with the public if further cancellations are required.
All Parks, Recreation & Culture programs that have been previously scheduled at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre or satellite facilities have been cancelled until May 31, 2020. Any changes to these programs will be communicated to the program participants. Programs that start at the end of May and beginning of June will remain as is until further information is provided by the Provincial Health Officer on the status of reopening public facilities.
Recreation program cancellations include all City programs at satellite locations, not just those located at our closed facilities (ex: programs located at Whonnock Lake are also cancelled). Refunds for affected programs will be provided as soon as possible.
All festivals and special events of more than 50 people on municipal property in Maple Ridge are cancelled up to May 31, 2020 or until further notice from the Provincial Health Officer. Staff are reaching out to individuals and organizations who have booked facilities to provide refunds.
We understand this is a difficult time for all and that these closures and cancellations may impact you, your family and/or your organization. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time and are committed to providing you with updates and support where possible.
2020 Maple Ridge BC Summer Games Update
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of British Columbians, the 2020 BC Summer Games that were scheduled for July 23-26 in Maple Ridge have been cancelled. The BC Games are held every two years. Greater Vernon will host the 2022 BC Winter Games and the 2022 BC Summer Games will be in Prince George. The City of Maple Ridge was given the opportunity to host the 2024 Summer Games and on March 24 council unanimously voted in favour of hosting. You can find a link to the BC Government media release here.
Getting the Facts
The City of Maple Ridge has developed a list of websites and social media channels to provide you with the latest updates as the COVID-19 response continues. In addition, we have curated social media links to help connect you with authoritative sources of information to help you get the facts so you can be help us spread the correct information to your family and friends.
You can link to the information here or by clicking on the “Get the Facts’ menu item on the left side of the page.
- What civic facilities are closed at this time due to COVID-19?
- Why are the playground structures in City parks closed?
- What about Active Kids Club (AKC)?
- What is happening with the Playbox located in Memorial Peace Park?
- How do I get a refund for my registered program that was cancelled due to COVID-19? How is my membership affected?
COVID-19 Information Sources for BusinessesAs the COVID situation continues to evolve, the City of Maple Ridge Economic Development Department is committed to keeping our business community up-to-date with the latest information from the federal and provincial government for employers and businesses. View the Economic Development's COVID-19 Information Sources for Businesses resource for more information.
City of Maple Ridge News Release Links Related to COVID-19 ResponseMarch 26: City of Maple Ridge Enhanced Enforcement Measures
March 19: City of Maple Ridge Takes Steps to limit the Spread of COVID-19
March 17: Maple Ridge Recreation and Culture Facilities Close Based on BCCDC Recommendation