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City of Burnaby closes all libraries, recreation and cultural facilities, golf courses and City-operated restaurants

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Updated June 10, 2020 

Effective Wednesday, March 18, all City of Burnaby recreation centres, arenas, libraries (including home library and accessible service), cultural facilities, and City-operated restaurants will be closed until further notice.

See list of affected facilities below »

City Hall will remain open, and all other City functions and services will remain operational, including RCMP main detachment and local fire halls. The City’s three warming centres will also remain open.

“We understand this will have a significant impact on residents,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “But this is an extraordinary time, and it’s important that we all do what’s necessary to contain the spread of coronavirus. Public Health officials advise that the window of opportunity to flatten the curve in the spread of this virus is very narrow, and we must do all we can. We are pulling together as a community, and I want residents to know that the decision to close these facilities was not made lightly.”

On matters of public health, municipalities, including Burnaby, are guided by the direction of local, provincial and federal health authorities.

The decision to close these facilities is guided by information from these authorities about the need for social distancing, and responds to the challenge of maintaining effective social distance at facilities where large numbers of people gather.

Refunds will be provided to anyone who has registered for programs affected by the closure of these facilities.

“This is a challenging time for all of us,” said Hurley. “It’s important that we stay active. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy our city’s abundant open spaces, parks and natural areas.”

As the situation evolves, further changes to City operations may be required.

We will continue to provide updates.

Closed facilities include:

Arts and Cultural Facilities
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby Art Gallery

Burnaby Public Libraries
Bob Prittie Metrotown Library
Tommy Douglas Library
Cameron Library
McGill Library
Home Library & Accessible Service (HLAS)

All four branches are now offering a contact-free Paper Bag Pickup service from Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. Learn more »

Please note: Library items can now be returned at dropboxes at all four branches between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. There are no late fees.

Recreation & Community Centres
Alan Emmot Centre
Bonsor Recreation Complex
CG Brown Memorial Pool
Cameron Recreation Complex
Charles Rummel
Edmonds Community Centre
Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre
Forest Grove
Wesburn Centres
Willingdon Community Centre
University Highlands

Bill Copeland Sports Centre
Burnaby Lake Arena
Kensington Complex

Seniors’ Centres
Bonsor 55+ Centre
Cameron Recreation Complex
Confederation Community Centre
Edmonds Community Centre

Outdoor Facilities
Swangard Stadium Field (Track is now open Monday to Friday, 7am-2:30pm)
Wading Pools, Spray Pools and Spray Pads 
Outdoor Pools

Youth Centres
South Central Youth Centre
Creekside Youth Centre
Summit Youth Centre
Edmonds Youth Lounge

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Restaurants and Cafés
Barnet Marine Park Café
Bonsor Café
Breakaways Concession
Burnaby Mountain Mulligan’s House Express
Burnaby Mountain Restaurant
City Hall Café
Edmonds Rain Catcher Café
Encores Bistro
Ice Cream Parlour Café
Riverway Mulligan’s Bistro
Riverway Mulligan’s House Express
Riverway Restaurant

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:

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