The Colby Marshall Memorial Cup hockey tournament went ahead during the weekend before Fuller Lake Arena was shut down. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Fuller Lake Arena shut down due to gatherings of 50 or more being banned

North Cowichan closes all municipal recreational facilities in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Fuller Lake Arena and the Cowichan Aquatic Centre in Duncan were closed effective at 4:30 p.m. Monday due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

With new cases being reported in B.C. and on Vancouver Island, North Cowichan has shut down all recreational facilities. The step has been taken in accordance with the directives from the Federal and Provincial Governments, and Public Health Officer.

The recreation facilities are a key gathering place for members of the community. But the Provincial Government’s banning of gatherings of 50 people or more, in conjunction with many neighbouring jurisdictions, made it necessary to take the same precautionary measures to best safeguard staff and residents.

“We will continue to monitor this fluid situation and work with our regional, local and provincial partners to coordinate a unified response to this emergency pandemic,” noted North Cowichan Mayor Al Siebring. “As we continue to assess critical services, North Cowichan will endeavour to assure continued provision of critical services. At this time, we are anticipating the closure to be indefinite.

“We will continue to update the public as often as possible, and let residents know when we will be reopening these facilities. For those with current membership and/or programs, no cancellation fees will be levied and we will extend current memberships to ensure a minimal disruption to members.”

North Cowichan reiterated to members of the public about continuing to practice social distancing and to stay at home if not feeling well.


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