Safe Reopening

Greater Vernon Recreation  Services is ready to welcome you back.  We have created guiding documents for all its safe reopening of  facilities and programs outlined by the following agencies: WorkSafe BC, Interior Health, BC Municipal Safety Association, BC Parks & Recreation Association,  BC & Yukon Lifesaving Society and the Canadian Red Cross.  Facilities and programs were assessed for transmission risks and considerations were given to the following areas of operation:

Click below to view all of the City of Vernon's Risk Mitigation Plans (COVID-19) Safety Plans for Recreation Services' facilities.

What to expect when attending programs or visiting our facilities:

Our staff is using the current information and guidelines from Provincial agencies to program fall activities.  As COVID-19 is unpredictable, we will continue to be adaptable.  Programs may need to be changed, moved or cancelled as the pandemic and associated measures evolve.  Refunds and/or credits will be made available as needed.  We ask that you be patient and understanding if changes need to be made through the course of the upcoming season.

Physical Distancing
  • Larger or outdoor spaces may be used to ensure 2 metre (6 feet) physical distancing.
  • Program capacities may be reduced based on the space and type of activity.  Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your class or registered timeslot.  For Aquatic programs (ie. swim lessons) please arrive 15 minutes before your swim class for access to the change rooms.
  • Activities may be modified including a higher focus on individual vs. team play.  Spectators are not permitted at indoor classes at this time.
  • Facility modifications include increased signage, floor markings and barriers.
Hand Hygiene
  • Hand sanitizer or handwashing facilities are available at all indoor and outdoor City facilities.
  • Frequent handwashing will be promoted at our facilities, especially in kids programs and camps.
  • Water fountains will not be available, please bring your own water bottle.
Outbreak Mitigation & Recovery
  • Stay home if you are sick! Before visiting recreation facilities or attending programs, participants and staff are asked to do a self-check and stay home if experiencing any symptoms.
  • Any participants displaying symptoms will be kindly asked to leave for the collective safety of all participants and staff.
Cleaning & Sanitation
  • High touch area will be cleaned frequently.  In addition, disinfecting spray or wipes will be available at all programs and indoor spaces.
  • Equipment will not be shared without proper cleaning in between.  Extra time is scheduled between activities for cleaning.
  • Come prepared to play as change room access will be limited. 

For more information on facility specific COVID-19 modifications, please click the facility name below.

Vernon Recreation Center

Vernon Aquatic Center

priest valley arena - public skate

Facility Rentals:  All facility rentals will be required to submit a safe Return to Play Plan (COVID-19 Safety Plan) as a condition of their rental.  Please contact for more information.