Last updated: May 28, 2020 

Your safety is our top priority. The City has taken a number of steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while working to maintain core services. We’re continuously monitoring information about COVID-19 coming from public health authorities, and will make decisions about City services, programs, and facilities with the health and safety of our residents and our employees in mind. This page will be updated as required. Please check back regularly or subscribe to this page to receive updates via email.

City communications

Read the latest communication from the City:

COVID-19 Update #17 (May 28, 2020) Port Moody to re-open playgrounds, basketball courts, and sport courts June 1

COVID-19 Update #16 (May 28, 2020) Reservations no longer required for Rocky Point Boat Launch in Port Moody starting May 30

 Previous City communications

COVID-19 Update #15 (May 26, 2020) Port Moody launches COVID-19 temporary assistance program to support local businesses

COVID-19 Update #14 (May 13, 2020) Rocky Point Boat Launch open to all boaters by reservation only starting May 20

COVID-19 Update #13 (May 8, 2020) A message to Port Moody residents about City facilities, programs and services

COVID-19 update #12 (May 5, 2020) Port Moody allows limited use of sports fields to give residents more options for outdoor exercise

COVID-19 update #11 (May 1, 2020) Penalty for unpaid property taxes delayed to ease burden on Port Moody taxpayers during COVID-19

COVID-19 update #10 (April 24, 2020) Follow trail etiquette to help keep everyone safe on our trails during COVID-19

COVID-19 update #9 (April 23, 2020) Port Moody reduces tax rate increase to 1.61% to ease burden on taxpayers during COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 update #8 (April 18, 2020) Rocky Point Boat Launch to re-open with restrictions and physical distancing measures in place

COVID-19 update #7 (April 9, 2020) Port Moody to close key civic parking lots and boat launch until further notice

COVID-19 update #6 (April 3, 2020) Port Moody offers free online resources to help residents stay connected while staying apart

COVID-19 update #5 (March 22, 2020) Port Moody closes all recreation facilities in parks

COVID-19 update #4 (March 20, 2020) Port Moody extends utility bill deadline

COVID-19 update #3 (March 19, 2020) Port Moody closing all public playgrounds to help prevent spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 update #2 (March 18, 2020) Port Moody to suspend walk-in service at City Hall to protect the public and staff

COVID-19 update #1 (March 16, 2020) Port Moody to close recreational facilities and library effective March 17

Port Moody Police Department and Port Moody Fire Rescue communications

COVID-19 update (April 24, 2020) Port Moody Police and Fire make changes to 7pm salute to engage with broader community

City updates 

City facilities 

We have suspended walk-in, face-to-face service at City Hall until further notice, but staff continue to provide most services by email and phone. You may experience some delays for non-essential City business, so we thank you for your patience as we are doing our best to continue serving our community during this challenging time. 

We continue to deliver core services such as police and fire, water and sewer, waste collection, and bylaw enforcement and have activated our Emergency Operations Centre to provide a co-ordinated response to the impact of COVID-19 on City services and programs.

Current status    
Facilities:    
Civic Centre CLOSED

Walk-in, face-to-face service at City Hall has been suspended until further notice. 

Recreation Complex CLOSED

Our recreation facilities remain closed at this time, but we are working on a phased plan to re-open specific services and facilities when it is safe and possible to do so. This plan will carefully consider when and how we can meet physical distancing requirements and directives from the provincial health authorities. In the meantime, we hope you can keep active with our free workout and activity videos. ⁠

Kyle Centre CLOSED  

Glenayre Community Centre

CLOSED  

Heritage Mountain Community Centre

CLOSED  

Old Orchard Hall

CLOSED  

Old Mill Boathouse

CLOSED The Old Mill Boathouse, including the parking lot, is closed.

Port Moody Public Library

CLOSED Curbside pickup service and book returns start June 1. Read more

Port Moody Arts Centre

CLOSED  

Port Moody Station Museum

CLOSED The Port Moody Station Museum, including the parking lot, is closed.
EV charging stations:    
Kyle Centre parking lot OPEN two Level 2 ports (shared)
Recreation Centre parking lot OPEN two Level 2 ports; one DC Fast Charger
Old Orchard Hall OPEN one Level 2 port

 

City parks, trails, and paths

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we have closed some of our recreational facilities in parks. 

Parks and trails remain open but residents are urged to maintain physical distancing: stay two metres (six feet) apart from anyone who is not a member of your household. On narrow paths and boardwalks, please step aside to let others pass or pause to allow for alternating access. Stay safe – leave space! 

Please refer to the table below for up-to-date information on the status of our parks, trails, and paths.  

Current status    
Parks:    
All parks OPEN

Washrooms are open.

No open fires or smoking allowed at any time. BBQ's using liquid or gas fuel, or briquettes are permitted unless fire danger rating is extreme. 

Off-leash dog parks OPEN  
Rocky Point pier OPEN The pier is one-way. Please walk only in the direction indicated at the entrance.
Rocky Point Park parking lot OPEN The parking lot is open for parking in all stalls. Parking remains restricted to 15 minutes in this lot.
Rocky Point boat launch, docks, and adjacent boat trailer parking lot OPEN

The Rocky Point Boat Launch is open to all boaters, regardless of residency, by reservation only. Restrictions and physical distancing measures are in place. Read more

As of Saturday, May 30, 2020, boaters will no longer need to book a launch time or pay a reservation fee to use the Rocky Point Boat Launch in Port Moody. Read more

Launching kayaks and paddle boards from the boat launch is permitted during boat launch hours 8:15am to 7:45pm.

Additional parking near Rocky Point Park OPEN As of Saturday, May 30, 2020, the parking lot adjacent to the Boathouse Restaurant will be open for two-hour parking. 
Parks recreational facilities:     
Basketball courts OPENING JUNE 1  
Bike parks OPEN  
Lacrosse box OPENING JUNE 1  
Picnic shelters  OPEN  Open but not accepting reservations.
Playgrounds OPENING JUNE 1  
Skate parks OPEN PoMo Rotary Sk8 Park and PoMo Rotary Bike Trials Park are open as of Saturday, May 9.
Sports fields OPEN Limited use of sports fields is permitted. No organized sports or large gatherings are allowed. Soccer nets are not available for team play. This restricted use applies to all sports fields owned by the City or jointly with School District 43, except for the grass baseball field at North Shore Community Park which is currently closed for turf maintenance. 
Swimming pools CLOSED  
Tennis courts OPEN Easthill Park tennis courts are closed for court repairs. 
Water fountains CLOSED  
Trails and paths:     
Shoreline Trail OPEN A portion of the trail is one-way. Please follow directional signs.
Bert Flinn Loop Trail OPEN A portion of the trail is one-way. Please follow directional signs.
Alfred Howe Greenway OPEN  
Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) OPEN  

Sasamat Lake and White Pine Beach

Belcarra Regional Park, including Sasamat Lake and White Pine Beach, is a Metro Vancouver park. For information and updates call 604-520-6442 or visit metrovancouver.org

Effective Saturday, May 16, 2020 until further notice, the City of Port Moody will temporarily prohibit parking on Bedwell Bay Road within Port Moody, near Sasamat Lake and White Pine Beach, to support physical distancing recommendations and reduce traffic safety concerns that can arise from park overflow. The recreational area is known to attract large groups and experience parking congestion during the warmer months. Violators will be ticketed and towed.

Buntzen Lake

Buntzen Lake is a BC Hydro recreational area. For information and updates call the Buntzen Lake Warden's Office: 604 469 9679 or visit BC Hydro's Buntzen Lake website.

City recreation programs

The spring recreation programs scheduled for April through June 2020 have been cancelled. All refunds for these programs will be processed automatically – there is no need to call us as we are unable to process refunds over the telephone in this situation.

Summer program registration and the delivery of the Summer Happening Guide have been postponed until further notice. 

Fitness memberships will be extended. If you have questions, please email recreation@portmoody.ca or call 604-469-4556.

Pool openings are postponed until further notice (Rocky Point Outdoor Pool and Westhill Outdoor Pool were scheduled to open June 15, 2020).

Council and committee meetings

The City has cancelled in-person meetings for all civic committees, commissions, and boards (remote meetings may be scheduled at the discretion of a committee chair). Check Council and Committee Meetings to find agendas, minutes, and videos. 

The City will be holding public hearings electronically by Zoom webinar until further notice. Find out more about upcoming public hearings and how you can participate.

Economic Development and Business

COVID-19 Temporary Assistance Program for Businesses
In light of the challenges faced by Port Moody businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Port Moody has developed the COVID-19 Temporary Assistance Program for Businesses with a special focus on options for temporarily expanding the use of outdoor space.


B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer has ordered the suspension of dine-in food services and the closure of personal service businesses.

Businesses facing challenges are encouraged to visit the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce website for guidance and resources.

Events and facility rentals

Cancellations

We have cancelled all City-organized events as well as community-organized events held on City property through June 30, 2020.

The City has cancelled all facility rentals through June 30, 2020 and suspended new bookings for dates through December 31, 2020. 

The City will provide refunds for rentals affected by the closures.

2021 facility rentals

We are currently accepting new bookings for dates after January 1, 2021. If you’re planning a wedding or want to host an anniversary or birthday party in 2021, we are now accepting bookings for the following venues:

  • Old Orchard Hall
  • Kyle Centre
  • Glenayre Community Centre
  • The Wellness Room in the Recreation Complex

Inlet Theatre bookings will begin on June 30, 2020 and picnic shelter bookings at Rocky Point Park and Old Orchard Park will be available in January 2021.

Please note, the City may cancel a facility rental at any time in response to a new or revised public health directive from the provincial government. When planning your meeting or event, please keep in mind that the Provincial Health Officer’s order banning gatherings of more than 50 people remains in effect until further notice.

If you have questions about cancellations or rentals please contact:

Port Moody Public Library

The Library will be offering curbside pickup service and re-opening book returns starting June 1. The Library building remains closed and late fees for overdue library books will not be applied at this time.

Visit our Library From Your Living Room for online collections, programs, and services. Stay connected and watch for updates on the Library website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. 

Property taxes and utility bills

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person service at City Hall has been suspended until further notice.

Property tax notices are mailed to homeowners in the last week of May. The due date for payment is July 2, 2020. To ease the financial burden faced by taxpayers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Port Moody has moved the penalty for late payment of property taxes from July 3, 2020 to October 1, 2020 and reduced the penalty from 10 per cent to 5 per cent. Penalties apply to all outstanding amounts, even unclaimed home owner grants. Eligible residents should apply for a home owner grant by July 2, 2020, even if they are not paying their property taxes by the due date. Applications for the Province’s property tax deferment program are now submitted online through eTaxBC. For more information, visit our Property Taxes page or call 604-469-4503.

In addition, Council has made cuts to the 2020 Financial Plan that resulted in a reduced tax rate increase of 1.61 per cent, down from the previously-approved 3.62 per cent.

We have extended the March 31, 2020 five-per-cent penalty deadline for unpaid utility bills to September 30, 2020.

Stay active and connected

Be sure to pay attention to your physical and mental health during this difficult time. Check out our list of resources for fitness, recreation, creativity, and learning.

In addition, the United Way is providing resources to help seniors manager through COVID-19. If you would like to volunteer with a senior in your community, or you are a senior in need, call 2-1-1 or visit bc211.ca

What you can do 

According to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, the best way to protect yourself and your family is to:

  • maintain physical distancing - stay two metres (six feet) apart from anyone who is not a member of your household
  • stay home when possible
  • wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water
  • avoid touching your face
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • avoid others who are unwell
  • stay home when you’re sick

COVID-19 information 

We know that many of our residents are concerned about the current global outbreak of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found mostly in animals. In humans, they can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory infections.

Federal, provincial, and regional health authorities are responsible for providing health services and health information to the public. The City of Port Moody follows the direction of these health authorities when making decisions and taking actions related to public health. Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 by seeking out evidence-based sources of information such as:

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat, and difficulty breathing.

Contact your healthcare provider if you have developed symptoms and have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Do the same if you develop symptoms and have been in contact with a traveller returning from an affected area with widespread community spread of COVID-19.

The provincial government has provided a self-assessment tool which can help you determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19. Visit the B.C. Centre for Disease Control's website for more information.


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