COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – March 17, 2020 Update
Dear KCCS Society Members;
The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society, in cooperation with the Vancouver Park Board, worked hard to keep the Kerrisdale community centre open during this period of uncertainty. Unfortunately, the situation surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus has resulted in the closure of many public facilities in Vancouver, including community centres, arenas, swimming pools. All programming and services provided by the Centre were cancelled as of 5 pm 16 March 2020. For more detail on closures please refer to the email from Mr. Malcolm Bromley, General Manager of Parks and Recreation in Vancouver, dated March 16.
Prior to the closure of the Kerrisdale Community Centre, the Society and Centre staff implemented many steps to manage the COVID-19 risk level and to forestall closure. To recap, the following steps were taken:
Park Board increased day time cleaning staffing levels to focus on high traffic areas and common touchpoints; counters tops, doorknobs, rails, soap dispensers, fitness centre equipment, etc. These additional cleaning shifts were scheduled to function 7 days per week.
Staff were encouraged to wash their hands very often and to keep their workstations clean. Park Board employees, Society employees and Society contractors were requested to stay at home if they had symptoms such as fever, coughing, headache and/or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.
The Society, working in cooperation with Park Board staff followed the province’s direction to cancel or postpone all public gatherings of more than 250 people. Since Kerrisdale Community Centre had no events or rentals with this number of people in attendance this was never an issue. The Society worked in cooperation with the Park Board and evaluated the risk of programs and events with less than 250 people. Our intention was to identify programs, services and events that were deemed a higher risk and that might be cancelled or postponed. For example, the Opera Zone, a monthly musical event, that attracted many seniors was cancelled for April.
In concurrence with the Provincial and City of Vancouver low-risk rating for COVID-19 infection, all programming continued until March 16, 2020 when the City determined that social distancing was the next prudent step and closed all City-owned recreational facilities.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, a number of people asked for refunds from Spring Break day camps and for other programs. The Society developed a flexible refund policy pertaining to requests specific to COVID-19. Staff were asked to provide refunds without penalty for programs and services when the request related to COVID-19 concerns.
5. Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizer stations were provided throughout the centre and at the arena. In particular, a moveable hand sanitizer station was provided at the entry to the seniors lunch service.
6. Arena – Play Palace
The Play Palace was scheduled to open on April 7. This summer activity was postponed prior to the March 16 closure of the Kerrisdale Arena.
7. Fitness Centre – Exercise Rooms
Temporary signage was added requesting patrons to clean machines and mats, and not to share water bottles or mats.
The Kerrisdale Community Centre Society will not be holding Board of Directors meetings or committee meetings during this period of closure. Instead, the Society’s Executive will identify critical issues that require decisions and consult with Directors via email during this period.
We expect to get through this and resume normal operations as soon as possible. Please take all necessary precautions to protect yourself, your family and your friends.
Robert Lockhart, President
Kerrisdale Community Centre Society