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City of Richmond ramps up COVID-19 safety ahead of by-election

A whole host of extra safety precautions are being put in place for the May 29 by-election
Richmond residents will go to the polls May 29 to choose a replacement for Kelly Greene, who jumped ship to the provincial arena last fall.

The City of Richmond is putting a whole suite of COVID-19 safety precautions into operation for the upcoming council by-election.

According to the city, it has been working with election staff and a health and safety consultant to conduct a “thorough risk assessment for all aspects of the by-election” that has resulted in “site specific safety plans for each voting place.”

The site specific plans include:

•        total unencumbered voting space with election staff present;

•        safe room capacity for electors, candidate representatives, and staff;

•        appropriate access and egress;

•        optimum “flow” from entrance to exit, eliminating the need to cross rooms;

•        an ability to accommodate curbside voting; and

•        having staff and processes in place to manage elector line-ups.


In terms of voting locations, the areas of concern were:

•        cleaning and hygiene practices;

•        additional staff to ensure health and safety measures, and efficient processing of the public at voting locations;

•        a vote by mail option is available for all eligible Richmond voters, including residents of care homes; and

•        10 advance voting opportunities will be offered over four days.


The full COVID-19 Safety Plans and other information related to the Saturday, May 29 by-election are available on the elections website at