COVID-19 information - Facility, Program & Events Updates

March 17, 2020

Update, April 2, 2020: Updated 2020/2021 Preschool & Out of School Care Registration Process Due to COVID-19

Applications for registration for September 2020 for Preschool & Out of School Care programs will be accepted as of April 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM PST via email to [email protected] and must be received by May 5, 2020 to be processed in priority order:
*Please do not submit your application before the 7:00 am opening time.  Applications received before 7:00 am will be marked as end of day April 21st.*  

  1. Current participants applying for exactly what they’re currently registered in as of April ‘20
  2. Current Before Care participants wanting After Care
  3. Siblings of current participants entering OSC
  4. 2019/2020 Preschool participants
  5. New registrants

*After May 5, 2020 we will continue accepting applications for the waitlist. 

As a community we recognize the financial uncertainty families are facing during this challenging time. No fee is required to submit an application. Upon being offered a place in our care, a $30 fee is required to hold your child's spot. Any families experiencing financial hardship during this unprecedented time may notify us in confidence for accommodations to be made.  

We are committed to supporting you as best as we are able during this difficult time. We are in this together. 

Program Application Forms

2020/2021 OSC Application
2020/2021 Preschool Puddle Jumpers Application
2020/2021 Esquimalt Preschool Application

Update, March 31, 2020: April Payments on Memberships Cancelled

Our team is continuing to monitor the situation, respond to the direction provided by Health Authorities and adapt to best support our valued members. We will be cancelling all membership payments for April. In March, payments were processed as scheduled. Upon re-opening, all passes will be extended by 14 days (recognizing our closure March 18-31, 2020). For anyone who has paid for a membership in full, upon our facilities re-opening, your pass will be extended to account for the duration of the closure. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt appropriately as the situation evolves.


Update, March 27, 2020: Modification to Recreation Reception Hours

Thank you for your continued patience as are team adapts to COVID-19 and processes an exceptionally high volume of program refunds. Effective Monday, March 30 Recreation Reception Hours will be Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please be advised email is the best method of communication as phone lines continue to be intermittently disrupted due to the global impact on phone-systems. 250.412.8500 does remain in service and will continue to be monitored regularly. If you receive a busy signal, please hang up and try again. Any voice mail message left will be responded to within 24 hours. 

Please also be advised, unless notified otherwise, your monthly payment on a membership pass will be processed as usual. Upon re-opening, passes will be extended appropriately. Should you wish to stop monthly payments during the pandemic, please contact our team and we would be happy to do so. 

Thank you again for your patience and support as our team continues to navigate this unprecedented situation. 


Update, March 17, 2020: Recreation facilities to close in response to COVID-19

As of 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Archie Browning Sports Centre and Esquimalt Recreation Centre will be closed to the public with the only exception being spring break camps. We recognize the important role camps provide for families so this service will remain available until March 27.  The continuation of camps is being evaluated on an ongoing basis pending further announcements from the Provincial Health Officer. We can assure those participating that the highest measures of sanitization practices are in place and that we are prioritizing opportunities to support outdoor activities.

Please be advised that with the recreation facilities closing, adjusted reception hours will be in place. The Esquimalt Recreation Centre Reception will be available to receive calls at 250-412-8500 and respond to emails from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Monday to Friday. No in-person service will be available.

As this situation is continually evolving, further updates will be provided at esquimalt.ca/covid19.

Program refunds

All programs currently in progress will be cancelled immediately and refunds processed appropriately. New programs scheduled to start (prior to April 14, 2020) will be delayed or cancelled. Course changes will be provided by email to those affected. Where programs are cancelled, refunds will be processed to credit cards in most cases. Cheques will be mailed where original payments were processed by cash or debit. While this decision is currently applicable to programs starting on or before April 14, please be advised that the timeframe may be extended as this situation is continually evolving.

Families with children in care who chose to withdraw before the end of the week

If families are currently enrolled in camps, you may choose to withdraw your child from care at any time during the period of care and a prorated refund will be issued.

To withdraw your child, please email [email protected] and provide:

  1. Child’s first and last name
  2. Primary contact first and last name
  3. Primary contact phone number
  4. Date of withdrawal

Private rentals

All rentals currently scheduled in the Archie Browning Sports Centre and Esquimalt Rec Centre up to and including April 13, 2020 are cancelled and refunds are being processed. Clients with park rentals will be contacted individually.

Memberships

All memberships will be put on hold with an extension provided when activities resume.

If you prefer to cancel your pass and be issued a refund, our team will accommodate. We encourage people asking for a membership refund to contact our team by email to help us manage call volumes. Please email [email protected] with the subject MEMBERSHIP REFUND REQUEST and include the following information:

  1. First & last name
  2. Phone number
  3. Address
  4. Date of birth

This information is required to ensure our team is accessing the correct account.

Once your pass has been refunded, you will receive a confirmation by email. Alternatively, for those without access to email, please call 250.412.8500 to have your membership refunded.

Again, this situation is continually evolving. We will continue to respond with the direction provided by Health Authorities to ensure we are keeping public and staff safe during this unprecedented time. Your patience as we continue to determine next steps is appreciated.

For more information on the Township’s response to COVID-19 as well as links to health resources, please visit esquimalt.ca/covid19.


Update, March 12-26, 2020: Initial response on facility, program and event udpates

As this situation continues to evolve, we anticipate there will be numerous program, event and facility related updates. As decisions are made, this page will be kept current. Please check back for regular status updates and note unless specified otherwise, facilities are open and activities will continue as usual (with modifications to support social distancing practices). 

Your patience as we work through this evolving situation together is appreciated.


Program & Event Updates:

Last updated March 26, 1:35pm

ItemStatus Update
Esquimalt Buccaneer Days

Statement from Committee:

Every year the Buccaneer Days Committee looks forward to this treasured community celebration. The Buccaneer Days Committee recognizes that it is not possible to proceed safely with this event given the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Those who have already purchased wristband tickets can retain them for future use at any West Coast Amusements event. Please be advised that at this time, all West Coast Amusement Operations are on hold. Please refer to their website for the latest information on their operation. 

Those who have paid deposits toward vendor tables in the marketplace will be refunded. The Buccaneer Days Committee will be in touch by email. 

While not being able to proceed with this event is disappointing, the safety of the community is priority. From the Buccaneer Days Committee, we wish you well during this challenging time. The Friends of Esquimalt Buccaneers looks forward to welcoming you with the greatest of "AHOY MATEY's" in 2021.

OSC & Preschool Registration for the 2020-2021 School YearOn hold. We will not be proceeding with the April 8th registration date, more information to come as available. 
Gigantic Garage Sale 2020

Cancelled. 

Esquimalt Lions Easter Extravaganza

***EVENT POSTPONED***

With the information currently available given the Order in place by the Provincial Health Officer (mass gatherings), the event will not proceed. 

 

The Esquimalt Lions are excited to present this event later in 2020.

Esquimalt Earth Day 2020Cancelled. Please join us for National Tree Day in September 2020. Stay tuned for more information.
Fort Macaulay Historic Interpretive Tour 2020Cancelled.
Esquimalt Recreation Centre & Archie Browning Sports CentreFacilities is closed to public, except spring break camps, as of 10:30pm on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. 
Pool AdmissionsFacility is closed to public, except spring break camps, as of 10:30pm on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. 
Play Beyond ExpectationsFacility is closed to public as of 10:30pm on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice. 

Spring Thaw Community Skate, Mar 28

Cancelled.
Esquimalt Ukulele FestivalCancelled.
Mind in MotionCancelled remainder of session. Refunds are being processed. 
Mar 26 & 31 Bus TripsPostponed to a later date, date to be confirmed. 
ASL ClassesCancelled (session shortened from 6 weeks to 5).
Drop-in Mah JongSuspended until further notice. 
Drop-in Chess, Tuesday AfternoonsSuspended until further notice. 
Ukulele ClubSuspended until further notice. 
Bridge for BeginnersClasses post-poned. New session May 26-Jun 23.

Racquet Club presentation of The Greatest Showman

Orginally scheduled for Mar 14 & 15

Postponed with a rescheduling date to be announced. Those who bought tickets online, please check your email for complete details. Further information including the rescheduling of the event will be posted on the Racquet Club of Victoria website: racquetclubofvictoria.com
Spring Break CampsCamps are proceeding as scheduled at this time. We will honour anyone wishing to cancel with a full refund. Direction regarding camps will be taken from Health Authorities. If Health Authorities advise of a closure before a program begins, we will close and refunds will be issued in full. If a closure is announced part way through the program in operation, pro-rated refunds will be issued. 

Music Bingo

Scheduled for Mar 21

Cancelled.

Esquimalt 5K with 1K Kid's Fun Run

Scheduled for Apr 4

Cancelled. Please see our notice to participants here
Income Tax ProgramOn hold until further notice. The tax filing season has been extended from April 30 to June 1, 2020.
Cougars Jr. B HockeyCancelled until further notice.

Drop-in Music Jam,     1-3pm

Cancelled at this time for Monday, Mar 16 only.
Basketball FUNdamentals Programs at Brodeur SchoolCancelled for Mar 15, 22, 29 as l'ecole Brodeur closes for extended cleaning protocol.
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Mom TalkEsquimalt Neighbourhood House has cancelled spring break programs.
Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Everyone Welcome PlaygroupEsquimalt Neighbourhood House has cancelled spring break programs.

Community Movie Night: Wonder Park 

Originally scheduled for Mar 14

Postponed until further notice.