The Recreation & Parks Sector Guideline for Restarting Operations

Bringing recreation back!  

BC's Restart: Recreation and Parks Sector

(Updated June 29, 2021)

On May 26 the Province launched its 4-step BC’s Restart plan to reflect the declining cases of COVID-19 and increase in vaccination rates.

To bring clarity to the 3 categories within the plan that are relevant to our sector - Organized Gatherings, Community Sports and Fitness - we have distilled the relevant information and created a document that includes highlights of the PHO restrictions and easings.

Please also refer to the following Provincial documents for additional details on Step 3, effective July 1st:

For complete information about BC's Restart Plan please visit:

Resources (members-only)

Additional COVID-19 related resources are available HERE.

(Note: you must be a BCRPA member to access this information.)

These resources include:

  • A number of the appendices within The Guideline provide practical tools and check lists. These have been converted into easy to use file formats and include:
  • BCRPA member led Programming webinars and confabs
  • MIABC COVID templates

COVID related Guidelines:

Information webinars:


June 4, 2020 - COVID discussion with MIABC and Sport BC. Recording can be viewed here.

BCRPA & RFABC joint presentations

June 18, 2020 - Pool Re-opening Resources webinar recording and COVID-19 Considerations for Restarting Swimming Pool Operations document.

May 20, 2020 - Re-opening Pools webinar with Dale Miller of the Lifesaving Society - BC & Yukon on their Re-opening BC’s Pools & Waterfronts Guideline.

May 8, 2020 - COVID-19 and Beyond - Cleaning and Disinfecting.


Summer Recreation. (note: you need to enter your name and email and hit “register” to get access). Discussion on best practices for local governments that are looking to offer summer parks and recreation services and programs during Phase Two of BC’s Restart Plan.

COVID and Local Government Facilities (note: you need to enter your name and email and hit “register” to get access). MIABC also posted a blog with the transcripts of COVID each webinar: Parks and Outdoor Recreation Spaces, Local Government Facilities; the information is really valuable. The password and username are both Resources (case sensitive).

Parks and Outdoor Recreation Services. This collaborative session addressed how local governments can balance providing key infrastructure and services to their community while complying with the BC Provincial Health Officer’s (PHO) orders and recommendations.

And remember...

Conversation Corner

More resources and information are being shared among local and regional government members in the COVID-19 Forum on the conversation corner.