The Vancouver Park Board has announced that it will resume food services at concession stands and golf clubhouses.
In a release, the Park Board states that it will welcome diners to its concession stands and golf course restaurants throughout the city beginning in July.
Clubhouses at Fraserview, Langara, and McCleery golf courses will reopen July 3 with reduced hours and offerings, while 12 Park Board concession stands, located along beaches and in destination parks, will reopen in phases from July 7 until July 15.
Based on guidelines set by WorkSafe BC, Vancouver Coastal Health, and other key stakeholders, food services will resume with some changes:
- High-touch areas will be removed, and only cashless forms of payment will be accepted (debit, credit, and Apple pay).
- Signage will be added to help guests maintain a 2 m (6 ft) distance from others.
- Interior seating at clubhouses will be limited to 50% capacity, and exterior patio spaces will be expanded to allow for physical distancing.
- At golf clubhouses, dine-in guests will be required to place their order with the cashier, as traditional full-service dining will not be offered in order to limit in-person interactions.
- At this time, clubhouses will not be offering catering services or accepting reservations for large groups.
From plant-based food trendsetters, like the Beyond Burger, to foods made by local small business, and a few other smart innovations in between, the City of Vancouver has been steadily stepping things up behind the counter at their stands.
The stands are situated at popular spots in the city's recreation spots, like Spanish Banks and Locarno Beach, Second and Third Beach in Stanley Park, and more (there's an interactive map online).
The Vancouver Park Board is also opening four outdoor pools, 10 spray parks, and staffing nine Vancouver beaches with lifeguards this Summer.
According a release, Kitsilano, New Brighton, and Second Beach pools will open and lifeguards will staff beaches for eight weeks, beginning July 13. Maple Grove pool will also open, but might be slightly delayed while staff configure the online booking system.
The Park Board states that will continue to review the feasibility of reopening other facilities and services and will make adjustments to its operations based on the latest information provided by Vancouver Coastal Health, the Provincial Health Officer, and industry partners.
For more information about the status of services and facilities impacted by COVID-19, visit vancouver.ca/covid19.
The City of Vancouver has 13 concession stands, as well as limited operations at city golf courses and Maple Grove Pool. You'll find the menu, a full list of partners, and location information online.
- With files from Lindsay William-Ross.