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City announces further cancellations following Province’s order to restrict gatherings of 250 people or more as result of COVID-19

Vancouver is putting all of our available resources on this effort, including getting up-to-date information out to the public as conditions change.

City Manager Sadhu Johnston

March 13 2020 –

The health and safety of the public and City of Vancouver staff is a top priority. 

As such, the City of Vancouver is currently reviewing all gatherings following yesterday’s announcement from the Provincial Health Officer.  

All events or programs with 250 people or more will be cancelled or postponed. 

Below events are cancelled

Venue Event Date
Queen Elizabeth Theatre  Shen Yun March 13, 2020 
Vancouver Playhouse Chopin Society: Dina Yoffe March 13, 2020 
Orpheum The Beethoven Experience: A Most Remarkable Night I March 13, 2020 
Central Library Universal Gospel Choir March 14, 2020
Central Library VCC Jazz March 16, 2020
Stanley Park Stanley Park Easter Train April 9 – 13, 2020 
VanDusen Botanical Gardens Easter Eggspedition April 10-12, 2020 

City-run events, permitted events, or gatherings booked by third-party organizers are all currently under review. Currently all Park Board community centres, fitness facilities, pools, rinks and sports fields are open to the public for regular use, with the exception of steam rooms and saunas, which are closing until further notice as a precautionary measure.

“We all have a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The City is making every effort to do just that and protect the people of Vancouver. Social distancing and event cancellation is one way we can take a proactive approach,” said City Manager Sadhu Johnston. “Pandemic and business continuity plans have been reviewed and all City departments are making every effort to ensure essential services are maintained to the highest possible level.” 

“Vancouver is putting all of our available resources on this effort, including getting up-to-date information out to the public as conditions change,” Johnston added.

The City of Vancouver continues to work with internal and external partners, including Vancouver Coastal Health, on a proactive approach to deal with COVID-19. 

What the City of Vancouver is doing

  • Reviewing all events and programs
  • All gatherings with 250 people or more will be cancelled or postponed, as directed by the Provincial Health Officer
  • Increasing cleaning protocols at all City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Public Library facilities 
  • Posting signage at all facilities reminding both members of the public and staff to stay away if they are feeling sick  
  • Activating the City Business Continuity plans to ensure we can maintain our core City services, such as water, sewers, police and fire
  • Ensuring business critical staff have the right tools should they need to work from home
  • Working with the business community to assess and understand economic impact and potential strategies
  • Responding to questions from the public and our staff, and re-directing to Vancouver Coastal Health as needed

What you can do to protect us all

  • Remain at home if you are feeling sick
  • Wash your hands 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze