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City of Burnaby actions on COVID-19 guided by Health Authorities

Updated: March 20, 2020 

Burnaby, BC – On matters of public health, municipalities, including Burnaby, are guided by the direction of local, provincial and federal health authorities. The City follows the advice of these authorities and takes all recommended action.

Complementing specific direction from heath authorities regarding COVID-19, the City follows its Pandemic Guideline that details steps the City will take after any World Health Authority pandemic declaration. As directed in the Guideline, Burnaby has activated Level 1 of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The EOC provides the opportunity for the City to centralize, coordinate, and make efficient use of resources to support the community as effectively as possible.

The BC Centre for Disease Control continues to advise that the risk remains low in our area. Regardless of risk level, the City of Burnaby has emergency plans and processes in place to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the community and for City staff who may be impacted by the virus, including first responders.

The City will continue to work closely with, and following the direction of, Fraser Health Authority, Health Emergency Management BC, Emergency Management BC and other organizations as information changes.

The City will provide updates regarding any potential impacts to Burnaby programs, services and facilities.

City Suspends all City-Organized Events with more than 50 People

Effective immediately, the City is suspending all City-organized events with more than 50 people, until further notice. Further adjustments will be made, as needed, to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Meanwhile, City staff are following all infection control measures recommended by health authorities to prevent the spread of the virus. Enhanced cleaning measures and additional hand sanitizing stations are now in place at our facilities.

What You Can Do

The most effective way to protect yourself and your family is to follow a few simple recommendations from public health officials:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands;
  • Avoid touching your face;
  • Avoid others who are unwell; and
  • Stay home when you are sick.

The symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider or local public health office, or call 8-1-1 (Health Link BC).

Learn More

A resource page on our website at will provide updates on the coronavirus situation in regard to Burnaby facilities, programs, services and events.

The City will also provide updates to the City of Burnaby Twitter and Facebook pages, as required.

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please consult the following resources:

For more information contact:

  • City Connect

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