COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Stay home, stay put

COVID-19 is circulating within our community. Everyone needs to stay home, stay put.

Do it for your family, friends, colleagues, and health care workers on the front lines. Together, we can all make a big difference.

Five things you need to do at all times

Do these five things to keep ourselves and others safe. Help us be in a stronger position to recover and rebuild when this pandemic is over.

1. Stay home if you're sick or showing symptoms.

2. Physical distancing:
Stay at least 2 m away from others outside your home.

3. Avoid any gatherings of people on private property, at work, or in parks.

4. Work at home if you can.

If your business or organization isn't an essential service , you must ensure 2 m distancing for customers or staff. If 2 m isn't possible, you must close.

5. Avoid non-essential outings.

Only go out for groceries, medical needs, or exercise. Exercise alone or with members of your household.


Check your symptoms online

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses like the flu and common cold, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC).

Symptoms include: cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.

Find info about COVID-19

Learn how to protect yourself, your family, and your community, and what to do if you suspect you have the virus.

Support your mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing fast so it's normal to feel worried. Get tips to deal with stress from the Province of BC.

City services

Affected City and Park facilities and services

While many facilities are closed, there's a lot you can still do online, by phone, or by appointment.

Road closures

We have temporarily closed select roads and paths to limit large gatherings and help you keep 2 m away from others while exercising and getting fresh air.

Community resilience

Our task force focuses on residents of the Downtown Eastside and who are most at risk during COVID-19.

State of Emergency By-law (14 KB)

The State of Emergency grants us additional powers to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including procurement of critical supplies, acquisition or use of land or property, and enforcement of Provincial or City orders.


Get help


Temporary emergency childcare

The Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre can give parents and guardians a referral to temporary childcare for kids 0 to 12 years.


Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Get locations and hours for community food hubs.

Emergency meals map - online version, updated daily

 This map is not maintained by the City of Vancouver

Emergency meals map - printable version (176 KB)

This map focuses on the Downtown Eastside and surrounding areas.

Food Asset Map (Vancouver Coastal Health)

Includes places people can grow, prepare, share, buy, receive or learn about food.  Due to COVID-19, some listings will not be current.

Minimizing COVID-19 risk for community-based food programs  (280 KB)

Recommendations for preparing and serving meals to the public. 


Handwashing stations and public toilets map

Handwashing stations and public toilets map - printable map  (702 KB)

Includes locations in Downtown and Downtown Eastside.


Rental and renter protection

Review supports available to help renters in Vancouver during the COVID-19 emergency.


Common questions about pets and COVID-19

The BC CDC says there's currently no evidence that pets can become sick with COVID-19 or can spread the virus to people.

Dog off-leash areas

Highly-used dog parks are closed.

Waste and recycling


Safely dispose of your garbage to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our waste collection staff.


Give help


Give A Hand Vancouver

Donate medical supplies, cleaning products, food, and money to support our COVID-19 response and help our community.

Province of BC COVID-19 website

Information about child care, education, employment, businesses, housing, transportation, travel, and more.

Government of Canada COVID-19 website

Information about current situation, your health, financial and economic support, travel, safety, security, and more.

Businesses and organizations

Get help

Support for local businesses

Review how we and others are supporting local businesses during the COVID-19 emergency. Get resources and review guidelines for businesses.

Help for the arts and cultural sector

Report how COVID-19 impacts your work and apply for financial assistance.

Give help

Give A Hand Vancouver

Donate medical supplies, cleaning products, food, and money to support our COVID-19 response and help our community.

Latest updates

COVID-19 news

City repurposes eastbound lanes of Beach Ave for people walking and cycling

April 8 2020 - Starting Thursday, April 9, the City of Vancouver is temporarily closing the eastbound lanes of Beach Avenue to vehicles.

Park Board to close Stanley Park to vehicles on Wednesday

April 7 2020 - Stanley Park will be closing to vehicles on Wednesday in an effort to reduce the number of people in the park and to enable physical distancing.

Range of grocery and meal programs for Downtown Eastside set up

April 6 2020 - We're improving access to food supports for vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 crisis.

More COVID-19 news

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