COVID-19 Information -- Access to Town Facilities

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Parks and Pathways Updates

Park Amenities

Iroquois Park Playground
Tulista Park Playground
Boulder Park Playground
Beaver Park Swings
Resthaven Park Playground
Melissa Park Playground
Mermaid Park Swings
Swiftsure Park Playground
Rathdown Park Playground
Community Wellness Park
Skate Park
Sport Courts and Fields

Current Restrictions - Adult Team Sports Suspended

A provincial health officer order has suspended all indoor and outdoor adult team sports. As a result, the following restrictions are in effect at Town of Sidney sports fields and courts:

While restrictions are currently in place related to adult team sports, some indoor and outdoor sports and activities, including drills and training activities, are permitted with a reduced number of participants:

  • Two people may engage in indoor sports with one another
  • Four people may engage in outdoor sports with one another

In both cases, participants must maintain a distance of 3 metres from one another unless everyone lives in the same private residence.

Youth team sports
Organized sports for people 21 years of age and younger are permitted, but must meet and follow viaSport's Return to Sport Phase 2 guidance.

  • Individual drills and modified training activities can continue
  • Activities should be low risk of transmitting the virus (e.g. individual activities, group training that maintains physical distance)
  • Participants must maintain a physical distance of three metres from one another
  • Games, tournaments and competitions for teams are not allowed
  • No spectators (exception made to provide care for young participants)

For more information on the restrictions, please visit the B.C. Government’s Province-Wide Restrictions page.

Guidelines for Using Municipal Recreation Amenities

Municipal playgrounds, the Community Wellness Park, and the Skate Park are open for use in Sidney.

Signage is posted at municipal recreational amenities advising that equipment and other park surfaces are not being sanitized. Parents and guardians can make an informed decision before allowing their children to use these amenities.

The Town is asking everyone to use recreational facilities safely. Guidelines for use include:

  • Do not use or visit if you are sick;
  • Wash or sanitize your hands thoroughly and frequently;
  • Keep at least two metres away from people from other households;
  • Do not share equipment, water bottles, or snacks; and
  • Remain courteous and limit use if others are waiting to use the facility.

Public washroom facilities are available at Iroquois Park & Tulista Park for handwashing before and after use of the playgrounds. If you are planning to visit one of the Town’s other playgrounds or the Community Wellness Park, you are advised to bring your own hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes for hand cleaning before and after using the playground. Please dispose of used sanitizing wipes responsibly.

For more information for parents and families about using playgrounds during COVID-19, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control's website.

Public Washrooms

Public Washrooms at 9813 Fourth Street (8 am - 8 pm), Iroquois Park (dawn to dusk), and Tulista Park (dawn to dusk) have been kept open for public use with enhanced cleaning procedures.

Parks & Pathways

Sidney's municipal parks and pathways are currently open for people to use to stay active. In order to keep parks and pathways open for use, please follow these guidelines:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Enjoy parks & pathways on your own or with members of your own household only
  • Keep two metres away from people you encounter
  • Please respect the natural environment
  • Please be patient with others

We have made the following directional change to help maintain physical distancing:

  • Waterfront Walkway Section by Sidney/Anacortes Ferry Terminal
    The section of the waterfront walkway running in front of the Sidney/Anacortes ferry terminal unfortunately doesn't allow for pedestrians walking in opposite directions enough room to pass safely. Until further notice, this section of pathway will be open to northbound (towards Sidney) pedestrians only. Southbound pedestrians (towards Victoria) are asked to divert along the Ocean Avenue sidewalk and can rejoin the waterfront walkway at the southern end of Tulista Park. We ask everyone to please practice patience and understanding while pedestrians get accustomed to this pathway change.