Restart step 2: Parks, Recreation and Community Services update

June 14, 2021

On May 25, the province released its BC Restart Plan that includes a roadmap for safe resumption of a number of programs and services over time. The District of Saanich will support the provincial effort of safely getting back to a more normal life as we gradually restart in a safe and steady way.

The provincial health officer announced that step 2 of the re-opening plan comes into effect June 15. This means we will start to phase in indoor high intensity group fitness with reduced capacity. Indoor adult team games will be re-introduced along with increasing capacity (as directed by the provincial health officer) in low intensity group fitness and adult general programs. We will also allow indoor and outdoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports with COVID-19 safety plans. Outdoor spectators up to 50 people is permitted, but no spectators are allowed at any indoor sport activities. Our staff have been busy ensuring safety protocols are up to date and that we are prepared to safely welcome back increasing levels of activity, both indoors and out.

Steps 3 and 4 are expected to further increase the amount of activities and social interactions for BC residents. You can expect a phased approach to service resumption in Saanich as more information becomes available. We must ensure all programs and services resume safely, adhere to provincial guidelines and incorporate industry information from BC Recreation and Parks Association and viaSport.

We appreciate your patience as we work to ensure that our programs and services are safe and adhere to provincial guidelines.

Please watch our website and our social media accounts for updates as we gradually re-offer our programs and services. For more detailed information on available programs and services, please visit, and