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Port Coquitlam shuts recreation facilities as COVID-19 precaution

The city of Port Coquitlam announced Monday its community centre, arts village and library will be closed due to concerns related to the novel coronavirus
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The treadmills are off at the Port Coquitlam community centre during the COVID-19 crisis.

There will be no swimming, playing or gathering at Port Coquitlam civic facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This morning (Monday), the municipality announced its community spaces — including the Port Coquitlam community centre, Hyde Creek recreation centre, Terry Fox Library and Leigh Square — will close effective immediately.

And services at city hall and at other municipal venues are also limited; call 604-927-5411 to make an appointment, email info@portcoquitlam.ca or visit portcoquitlam.ca.

“In the best interest and safety of our residents, we have made the right decision to close our community facilities,” said Mayor Brad West said in a press release. “We all have an important role to play to help stop the spread of the virus.”

“We are doing our part,” the mayor said in the statement. “I ask that every Port Coquitlam resident and business follow the advice being provided by health authorities. Together we will get through this.” 

Refunds will be given for activities or rentals affected by the shutdown, and library due dates for book returns will be suspended. Call 604-927-7529 or email recreation@portcoquitlam.ca for information about city recreation programs.

Still, city-run spring break camps will continue as scheduled with stepped-up health and safety protocols.

Visit portcoquitlam.ca/covid19 to see what the city is doing, how it is providing safe environments and activating precautions.

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