City of Maple Ridge Response
The City of Maple Ridge’s Emergency Operations Centre is actively working to address the immediate and long term response to COVID-19 to ensure the continued delivery of essential City services such as Fire and Police protection, water, sewer and road network maintenance.
As this is a health emergency, the City of Maple Ridge has provided information and advisories from Fraser Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) to all City employees to ensure our front line staff are following best practices, as determined by our community health authority, so we can provide uninterrupted service to our citizens.
The City of Maple Ridge reminds citizens that the authoritative source for information on COVID-19 is the BCCDC and Fraser Health and we urge citizens to follow their guidance on the appropriate action to take for the safety of you and your family. Look for more information in the ‘Getting the Facts’ section of this page.
City staff are monitoring the situation daily and any decision to escalate our front line response will be enacted based on recommendations of the Federal Government, Province of BC, BCCDC and Fraser Health. The City is standing with all levels of government on a coordinated response to COVID-19.
In All Cases:
Effective Friday, March 20, City Hall, Bylaws and the Operations Centre was closed to the public. Staff are still at work to ensure City operations run smoothly, we’re just doing business a bit differently. Whenever possible, please use our eServices available here.
Park Amenities & Recreation Facilities
Maple Ridge has reopened select park amenities with new physical distancing rules following the recommendations of the BC Restart Plan. City park sites and trails remain open at this time so people can get fresh air, however citizens are reminded to follow the guidelines to distance from other family units. We ALL need to do our part to stop the spread COVID-19.
Parks, Recreation & Culture staff will continue to monitor and implement recommendations outlined by the BC Centre for Disease Control and will communicate with the public if further cancellations and/or closures are required.
- Continue to physically distance
- Do not share or touch another person’s equipment
- Share the space/amenities - Limit your time to 30 minutes when others are waiting
- Refrain from spectator gatherings - do not congregate and maintain a 6' distance while waiting
- Continue to wash your hands regularly (before and after play)
- Refrain from touching your face
Playgrounds will open June 1. Please do not use playgrounds until this date to allow Parks staff to complete safety checks of each site.
Skate Parks, Disc Golf, Running Tracks, Tennis Courts, Pickleball Courts, Sports Fields (Synthetic & Grass), Bike Skills, & Lacrosse Boxes:
These amenities are now open for informal/casual use. This means we are not accepting bookings for organized practices or games at this time. Sport organizers are to continue to hold off on arranging their usual activities until further notice.
Portable washrooms are being reintroduced in parks and permanent public washroom facilities are reopening with enhanced cleaning protocols. Please take appropriate precautions when using these amenities – you may want to consider bringing your own hand sanitizer.
Park Amenities and Recreation Facilities that remain closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 transmission:
- Playgrounds (opening June 1)
- Basketball Courts
- Hammond Outdoor Pool
- Maple Ridge Leisure Centre
- Greg Moore Youth Centre
The City of Maple Ridge stands united with Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Public Health Officer, to stop the spread of COVID-19. The City has closed a number of facilities to limit the size of gatherings and ensure that we can all practice social distancing. Consistent with the COVID-19 response, the Hammond Outdoor Pool opening has been delayed until June 28th 2020. City staff will continue to monitor and implement orders from the Province and will communicate with the public if a further delay is required. Thank you for your understanding and doing your part to flatten the curve of transmission of COVID-19 in our community.
Refunds will be provided for rentals affected by the closure(s). In order for us to assist you as effectively as possible, we encourage citizens to contact us via email during the following hours.
Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
All Parks, Recreation & Culture programs that have been previously scheduled at the Maple Ridge Leisure Centre or satellite facilities have been cancelled until June 30th, 2020. Any changes to these programs will be communicated to the program participants. Programs that start at the end of May and beginning of June will remain as is until further information is provided by the Provincial Health Officer on the status of reopening public facilities.
Recreation program cancellations include all City programs at satellite locations, not just those located at our closed facilities (ex: programs located at Whonnock Lake are also cancelled). Refunds for affected programs will be provided as soon as possible.
Festivals & Events
All festivals and special events of more than 50 people on municipal property in Maple Ridge are cancelled up to August 31st, 2020 or until further notice from the Provincial Health Officer. Staff are reaching out to individuals and organizations who have booked facilities to provide refunds.
We understand this is a difficult time for all and that these closures and cancellations may impact you, your family and/or your organization. We appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time and are committed to providing you with updates and support where possible.
2020 Maple Ridge BC Summer Games Update
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of British Columbians, the 2020 BC Summer Games that were scheduled for July 23-26 in Maple Ridge have been cancelled. The BC Games are held every two years. Greater Vernon will host the 2022 BC Winter Games and the 2022 BC Summer Games will be in Prince George. The City of Maple Ridge was given the opportunity to host the 2024 Summer Games and on March 24 council unanimously voted in favour of hosting. You can find a link to the BC Government media release here.
Maple Ridge Fire and RescueEffective immediately, Maple Ridge has enacted, and will be enforcing, an Open Air Burning Ban in support of Metro Vancouver, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Health and Climate Change Strategy, BC. This order has been enacted by the City of Maple Ridge’s Emergency Operations Centre as part of the local COVID-19 health emergency response.
The Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, through the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), requested fire bans in aid of people infected with COVID-19 which results in a severe respiratory infection. Open air burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province and in Metro Vancouver municipalities will be in place until further notice. To read the full news release, please go here.
COVID-19 Information Sources for BusinessesAs the COVID situation continues to evolve, the City of Maple Ridge Economic Development Department is committed to keeping our business community up-to-date with the latest information from the federal and provincial government for employers and businesses. View the Economic Development's COVID-19 Information Sources for Businesses resource for more information.
Information Resources on BC’s COVID-19 Response
The BC Centre for Disease Control has been providing regular updates to citizens on the response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). They have developed a comprehensive information page for citizens. You can view that information here.
Fraser Health has also updated their website with information for citizens.
The most frequently asked question is ‘how can I protect myself and my family from getting the virus?’
The answer from the FAQ is that you should follow the same advice that public health officials recommend for the cold and flu season:
- The most important thing you can do to prevent Coronavirus and other illnesses is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze so you're not exposing other people.
- If you are sick yourself, stay away from others. Contact your health-care provider ahead of time so you can be safely assessed. HealthLink BC can be contacted by dialing 8-1-1 to provide advice.
Getting the Facts
The City of Maple Ridge has developed a list of websites and social media channels to provide you with the latest updates as the COVID-19 response continues. In addition, we have curated social media links to help connect you with authoritative sources of information to help you get the facts so you can be help us spread the correct information to your family and friends.
You can link to the information here or by clicking on the “Getting the facts. Sharing the facts.’ menu item on the left side of the page.
City of Maple Ridge News Release Links Related to COVID-19 ResponseMay 28: City of Maple Ridge Reopening Playgrounds Effective June 1
May 15: Maple Ridge Supports BC Restart Plan and Announces Reopening of Selected Park Amenities
May 08: Thank Mom & Support Local Business This Weekend
May 01: Council Unanimously Supports Request for Emergency Transit Funding
April 30: Maple Ridge City Council Delays Property Tax Penalty Date to October 1
April 28: Maple Ridge Launches #mealsformomMR Challenge
April 28: Maple Ridge Launches Online Fitness Videos
April 22: TransLink Service Reduction Impacts Maple Ridge
April 21: Maple Ridge General Update for Citizens on COVID-19 Response
April 17: City of Maple Ridge Responds to Provincial Property Tax Framework Announcement
April 16: Maple Ridge Backs Regional Call for Emergency Funding for TransLink
April 09: City Park Ambassadors, Bylaws and Police Will Be Active Over Holiday Weekend
April 01: Chamber and BIA Collaborate on COVID-19 Service Lists
March 31: City of Maple Ridge Issues an Immediate Open Air Burning Ban
March 26: City of Maple Ridge Enhanced Enforcement Measures
March 19: City of Maple Ridge Takes Steps to limit the Spread of COVID-19
March 17: Maple Ridge Recreation and Culture Facilities Close Based on BCCDC Recommendation