City responds to Provincial order to cancel gatherings of 250 people or more due to COVID-19

March 12 2020 –

The City of Vancouver is currently reviewing all events and programs. 

All gatherings with 250 people or more will be cancelled or postponed, as per today’s direction from the provincial health officer.

Shows scheduled for March 12 and March 13 at Vancouver Civic Theatres are cancelled

That includes the following: 

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

  • My Dad Wrote a Porno, March 12
  • Shen Yun, March 13

Vancouver Playhouse

  • PechaKucha Night Volume 51, March 12
  • Chopin Society: Dina Yoffe, March 13


  • The Beethoven Experience: A Most Remarkable Night I - March 13 

What the City of Vancouver is doing

City-run events, permitted events, or gatherings booked by third-party organizers are all currently under review. 

We continue to work with internal and external partners, including Vancouver Coastal Health, on a proactive approach to deal with COVID-19.

We are:

  • Reviewing all events and programs
  • Cancelling or postponing all gatherings with 250 people or more, as per today’s (March 12, 2020) direction from 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

You can:

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

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