The City of Prince George is gradually re-opening recreation and civic facilities closed in the wake of COVID-19.
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Parks, Trails, and Outdoor Recreation Facilities
City parks, trails, and the following outdoor recreation areas are open to the public. Visitors must continue to follow Provincial regulations on physical distancing and other health measures.
- Fenced and open-area dog parks
- Skate parks at Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park and Carrie Jane Gray Park
- Bike parks at Duchess Park and Blackburn
- All hard surface (e.g. tennis, basketball) courts
- City and SD57 sports fields (casual, non-booked use)
- All playgrounds
- Lawn bowling green at Carrie Jane Gray Park
- Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park Pavilion, picnic shelters, and bandshell.
- Gazebos at Rainbow and Paddlewheel parks
Please note the City is not accepting bookings for the remainder of 2020. Parks and other outdoor recreation areas are available for use on a first-come-first-serve basis. In addition, no contracts or permits for use will be issued until further notice.
Open with Service Changes
The following facilities are open with changes to how services are conducted.
What's Still Closed
The following City facilities are still physically closed until further notice.
- The Four Seasons Leisure Pool
- The Rolling Mix Concrete Arena and Elksentre
- The Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre
- The Tourism Prince George Visitor Information Centre
- The Two Rivers Gallery
- The Exploration Place
Some of the following facilities have tentative re-opening dates for the third quarter of 2020 (August-September). Please note dates are
not confirmed and re-openings are subject to BC's Restart Plan entering Phase 3 and other considerations.
The Prince George Aquatic Centre
- The Prince George Aquatic Centre is tentatively scheduled to re-open on
Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
- Changes to hours and operations will be in effect to mirror Phase 3 of the Province's re-start guidelines.
- Services may be limited and close-contact programs and sports may not be allowed until the Province initiates Phase 4 of its re-start plan.
- The Aquatics Centre's sand filtration system is scheduled for replacement in July and work may affect the re-opening date.
Kin 2 and Kin3 Arenas
- The Kin 2 and Kin 3 arenas are
tentatively scheduled to re-open in early August to accommodate hockey and figure skating training camps.
- Activities must follow Provincial restrictions, which include physical distancing and a cap on the maximum number of participants allowed on the ice at the same time.
The CN Centre and Kin 1 Arena
- The CN Centre and Kin 1 are
tentatively scheduled to re-open in early September and may be driven by user ice demand.
- The City will consult with various user groups through the re-opening process.
The Prince George Conference and Civic Centre
- The Prince George Conference and Civic Centre is
tentatively scheduled to re-open in August, depending on user demand, and operate under modified restrictions.
- Safety plans may be required for all user groups and may include changes to insurance requirements.
- Gatherings will follow Provincial restrictions limiting attendance to fewer than 50 people.
- Larger gatherings and conferences will not be booked prior to Phase 4 of the Province's re-start plan.
Masich Place Stadium
Masich Place Stadium will remain closed until the renovations to the Stadium are complete and the necessary City of Prince George COVID-19 safety plans are in place. The renovations that are currently underway were outlined in an April 2020 update from the City.
Construction is expected to be completed later this summer.
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Civic facility events have been cancelled because of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
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Health & Safety
- Increasing custodial staffing and sanitizing facilities in accordance with World Health Organization (WHO) recommended protocols.
- Placing signs throughout facilities and parks/trails reminding patrons of the importance of physical distancing and following safe hygiene practices.
- Ensuring City cleaning products comply with WHO recommended standards.
- Instructing all staff to follow proper hand-washing techniques.
additional measures to encourage physical distancing practices in City Hall such as posting floor markers and stanchions and installing plastic screens on public-facing stations.
- Posting social distancing signs at City parks and trails to inform visitors and encourage the practice.
Northern Health has launched a COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line to help answer questions and concerns from Northern B.C. residents. The NH COVID-19 Online Clinic and Information Line can be reached at 1-844-645-7811.
COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool and Mobile App
If you believe you are showing symptoms, the BC Ministry of Health has a self-assessment tool to help determine if you need monitoring or testing for COVID-19.
A mobile app version of the tool is also available that includes features that let users receive updates, alerts, and information from trusted sources.
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Seniors who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic may phone the B.C. 2-1-1 helpline, which was recently expanded to cover the whole province.
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The City of Prince George has compiled a list of resources to help businesses and their employees access current and accurate information during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City is also working with local organizations to support the business community through the SupportPG.ca website.
The BC Government has tasked viaSport to provide guidelines on the "Return to Sport" initiative, which seeks to re-introduce sports into communities while operating safely. The British Columbia’s Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) was also asked to develop a set of guidelines for municipal governments, regional districts and community groups for re-opening and operating recreation and parks safely during the pandemic.
The protocols below provide guidance around occupational health and safety for sports and recreation activities.
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COVID-19 Messages from the Mayor
Mayor Hall on Social Distancing
Mayor Lyn Hall talks to seniors and the general public about social distancing, what it means, and how to put it into practice.