All community complexes and recreation facilities and programs operated by the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) have been suspended as of Monday March 16, as part of the RDCK’s response to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. The closures will be in place until further notice, for at least four weeks.

All programs scheduled to run at these facilities have been cancelled, including drop-in classes, preregistered programs and rentals. Staff will be working to process refunds and credits. Time-based memberships will be put on hold immediately. Customers do not need to take any action at this time.

All arena ice operations will be closed for the season and all organized sporting activities are cancelled until further notice.

The closures affect the following:

Castlegar, Areas I & J:

Castlegar & District Community Complex (including Castlegar Senior’s Centre)

Pioneer Arena

Creston, Areas A, B & C:

Creston & District Community Complex

Creston PhysioWorks & More

Rotacrest Hall

Creston Education Centre Gym

Riondel Community Centre

Nelson, Salmo and Areas E, F & G

Nelson & District Community Complex

Nelson Civic Arena

North Shore Hall

Salmo & District Fitness Centre

New Denver Fitness Centre

The Slocan Valley Recreation Department front office will remain open, although programs will be cancelled.

Spring break programs to begin this week are being evaluated and may be cancelled. Customers who no longer wish to participate in the spring break programs may cancel and their payment will be refunded.

“The health and safety of our employees and the people we serve is our first priority and closing our facilities will help prevent the risk and spread of infection,” said Stuart Horn, chief administrative officer for the RDCK. “Further, this will allow us to focus our resources on providing essential services to communities across the region and keeping critical operations running. We thank residents and visitors for their understanding and patience at this time.”

Other affected services:

The RDCK is closing the re-use buildings, commonly called ‘Free Stores,’ located at many resource recovery facilities. Regular disposal services and operating hours at all facilities will continue but users will not be able to enter re-use buildings to deposit or collect items until further notice.

All regional parks remain open and accessible, but RDCK staff will be evaluating this as the situation unfolds.

“We urge people to follow the recommendations from the provincial and national health authorities and do all they can do to help protect themselves and their families,” said Mr. Horn. “Wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, avoid others who are unwell and stay home when you are sick.”

Further updates will be shared as needed, and will be also posted on our website: www.rdck.ca/EN/main/services/emergency-management/covid-19-updates.html

– RDCK