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COVID-19: City of Penticton facilities close, meetings cancelled

Community Centre, Theatre, SOEC, Arena, closed until at least April 6

The City of Penticton is closing many of its facilities in an effort to contain and control the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning Tuesday March 17, the Penticton Community Centre, Cleland Theatre, McLaren Arena, Library and Museum, along with the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and South Okanagan Events Centre and Memorial Arena will be closed to the public until at least April 6.

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As April approaches the City says they will re-evaluate if the closures will remain in place or be lifted.

“This decision follows warnings from the Provincial Government to avoid mass gatherings of 50 people or more,” said City Manager Donny van Dyk.

“We have reviewed the advice provided senior governments concerning mass gatherings and have determined that the volume of traffic entering our facilities, combined with the difficulty of practicing the safe social distancing once inside, has created a situation whereby it’s in our community’s best interest to close these facilities until April 6.”

In addition, the City is cancelling its regular council meeting on Tuesday, March 17, along with the Community Sustainable Advisory Committee Meeting and 2020 Agriculture Advisory Committee Meetings on March 18, the Lake to Lake Bike Route pubic engagement events on March 25 to 26, the Economic Prosperity & Development Services Advisory Committee Meeting on April 3 and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting on April 6.

For updates visit the City of Penticton’s website here.


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Phil McLachlan

About the Author: Phil McLachlan

Phil McLachlan is the editor at the Penticton Western News. He served as the reporter, and eventually editor of The Free Press newspaper in Fernie.
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