Delta Council approves City’s reopening plan

DELTA Council endorsed the initial Reopening Plan for City Hall and Parks, Recreation and Culture facilities at the June 2 special meeting.

Delta’s Reopening Plan is a detailed staged approach to reopen City facilities that have been closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that ensures the safety of the public and staff, which remains the top priority. The Reopening Plan consists of five stages that incrementally result in the reopening of facilities and resumption of modified programs and services.

Key openings highlighted in Delta’s Reopening Plan include:

* Beginning June 15, City Hall will reopen for tax payments and limited public access for meetings, with increased levels of services added for priority business functions that cannot be effectively done remotely;

* In early July, the North Delta and Ladner outdoor pools, outdoor fitness and summer camps are expected to open; and

* From mid-June to early July, sports skills development will be permitted to take place on Delta fields and at Tilbury Ice arena for organized non-contact play/practice.

Access to Delta’s outdoor recreation amenities (e.g., pools, summer camp registration) will be limited to Delta residents.

Based on current guidelines, Delta’s water spray parks and the Fred Gingell stairs will remain closed.

Decisions to reopen facilities will continue to be made by the mayor and Council with advice from the Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission and recommendations from staff, taking into consideration directives from the Provincial Health Officer, Fraser Health Authority, Worksafe BC, and stakeholder groups.

City staff will continue to provide regular updates to Council regarding Delta’s Reopening Plan. The Reopening Plan is a living document and the timing and order of implementing actions within each stage is subject to change as new information becomes available, according to the City.