Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of New Westminster continues to offer programs and services in accordance with the BC Restart Plan, and follows all health protocols included in the plan.

Proof of Vaccination

In accordance with public health orders, effective October 25, 2021, proof of having received 2 doses of vaccine is required to participate in some recreational activities. 

Visitors aged 12 years and older will be required to show proof vaccination prior to entry at a City facility including:

  • Participants (12+ years) of multigenerational services such as public skating, group fitness classes and fitness centres
  • Spectators (12+ years) of sports and recreation programs and services
  • Parents and guardians (19+ years) assisting, watching or participating in Parks and Recreation services for children and youth
  • Everyone (22+ years) entering a recreation facility for any reason
  • Indoor concerts, theatre and dance events with more than 50 people
  • Rental clients booking spaces for organized indoor events with 50 or more participants for any purpose including ice sports, aquatics, meetings, socials, activities or banquets
  • Indoor organized group events with 50 or more people, including weddings, organized parties, conferences, trade fairs and workshops

Proof of vaccination is NOT required for:

  • Children 0 - 12 years
  • Participants (12 - 21 years) in child and youth sport and recreational programs (e.g. lessons, art classes, parent & tot programs etc.)
  • Swimming pools (Canada Games Pool)
  • Child and youth sport and recreational programs for those under the age of 22 years
  • Use of public washrooms
  • Before and after school programs
  • Teachers/instructors providing education activities with their students in City facilities
  • Rehabilitation or exercise therapy programs
  • Social services provided to people in need (e.g. civic shower program)
  • Government activities and services
  • Public libraries, museums, art galleries (unless they are the location of an event)
  • Entry to City Hall, fire halls, the NWPD, and public areas at the animal shelter and the engineering operations works yard
  • Q to Q Ferry
  • Attendance at a public Council or advisory committee meeting.

We encourage all visitors to to get vaccinated and download their BC Vaccine Card to continue participation in our programs. For faster service, please arrive early and come prepared to show your vaccination QR code and photo ID. We will accept original vaccination cards as proof of vaccination until September 27, 2021. 


In accordance with public health orders, masks are required in all indoor public settings for people age 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status. 

People who cannot wear a mask or who cannot put on or remove a mask without the assistance of others are exempt. A person may not be able to wear a mask for a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment. 

Vaccination Information

The Anvil Centre vaccination clinic is now closed.

All individuals 12+ register to get vaccinated by calling 1-833-838-2323 or booking online at

For more information on local immunization clinics and COVID-19 vaccines, visit

Programs and Services

The City of New Westminster continues to provide all essential services, and many services and programs are available in a modified capacity. Programs will continue to be reintroduced in accordance with the BC Restart Plan.

All facilities are open at this time. Please familiarize yourself with Parks and Recreation protocols prior to visiting our facilities. 

Translated Material

Translated information is available on the Province of BC website.