West Kelowna Summer Recreation Programs Follow BC’s Restart Plan

As BC’s Restart Plan ventures through its second phase of implementation, the City of West Kelowna has opened registration for summer camps and programs for local residents.

While still in a declared state of emergency, the province of BC released their Restart Plan at the end of May. While social distancing has eased considerably, there are clear regulations to continue containing the spread of COVID-19.

Communities in West Kelowna have been fortunate as the number of COVID cases in the BC interior has been extremely low, in large thanks to the restrictions imposed and followed by BC residents to flatten the curve.

In accordance with the guidelines laid out by BC’s Restart Plan, West Kelowna recreation programs are gearing up to welcome kids into their summer programs. Not only does this provide entertainment and exercise for kids throughout the summer, but also allows parents to get back to work.

As stated in the BC Restart Plan: “Like all businesses, child care centres and camps will need to take additional precautions to maintain the health and safety of their employees and the children they are caring for. For many child care centres that operated as essential services during the pandemic, they have already adapted and are operating safely.”

Registration for West Kelowna summer recreation programs opened on June 8th, meaning residents of local communities like Tallus Ridge (near Shannon Lake Regional Park) can now register for summer programs.

Recreation programs, as outlined in the 2020 Summer Rec Guide (available online or for pick up from city recreational spaces) include summer day camps, dry land fitness programs, park play days, children and youth programs, and pickleball court schedules.

The City of West Kelowna website states: “City staff have worked closely with the BC Recreation and Parks Association and followed the Provincial Health Officer’s guidelines to create socially distanced programs, with limited gathering sizes. Since space is limited, we encourage early registration.”

The City website also states that as restrictions continue to ease, programming will continue to expand.

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