Richmond city council approved a “restoration plan” to bring back services, but details, for example, the timing, are still being worked out and the plan is not being made public at this time.
Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie made the announcement at the end of Monday’s council meeting, saying any decision on restoration of city programs and services shouldn’t compromise efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
“We know the past few months have brought uncertainty, frustration and even fear, and there is a desire to restore services and facilities to where they were before the pandemic,” he said.
Brodie said the plan provides a “framework” for access to services that have been closed for a couple months; however, the focus still remains on maintaining and protecting public safety, he added.
Community centre, arenas, pools, sports fields and playgrounds have been closed in Richmond since mid-March.
Vancouver Coastal Health has asked municipalities to re-open some outdoor facilities, especially playgrounds since it appears children and youth are at a lower risk of contracting COVID-19.