Concerns about the coronavirus, or COVID-19, is having an impact on festivals and events in Vancouver and causing many to be cancelled or postponed.
Some of the latest casualties of the pandemic are Theatre Under the Stars, the Surrey International Children’s Festival and Harbour Air. The first two have just recently announced that they won’t be happening now until 2021, and the float plane company is ceasing operations as of March 28th until further notice.
See below for a list of other coronavirus-related closures and cancellations, as well as general information about COVID-19 and its impact on Vancouver.
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COVID-19 Impact on Vancouver Events and Attractions
In this article you’ll find a bit of information about the coronavirus, and where to get more detailed information. We also list Vancouver events and attractions that have been cancelled or postponed to date because of COVID-19. Our list isn’t exhaustive, but it does include many of the events affected (and we will continue to update the list over time).
Now is a good time to stay close to home, wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from your face. It’s also a time to continue to enjoy life, and do things, but also to be extra cautious.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has advised British Columbians not to travel abroad and asked organizers of events to cancel all gatherings involving over 50 people. All schools in BC have suspended classes from K-12 indefinitely and people are being advised to stay at home and not go out.
As of Friday, March 28th, the virus has infected an estimated 884 or so people in the province.
Various municipalities within Metro Vancouver have announced their own policies to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. These include ordering the closure of municipally-run facilities like rec centres, theatres, gyms and skating rinks. Most cities have also closed all their playgrounds and sports courts.
For information about specific initiatives at the local level, click any of the following:
Metro Vancouver Municipalities
- Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock.
Fraser Valley Municipalities
Sea to Sky Municipalities
For up-to-date information about the virus and health alerts in the Lower Mainland, see the following websites:
- Vancouver Coastal Health
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Government of Canada
The Provincial Government has also created a self-assessment tool for people wanting to see, based on their personal conditions, if they should take extra precautions. This can be found at covid19.thrive.health. People with symptoms related to COVID-19 are also encouraged to call 811 and to do so before visiting their local medical clinic.
What You Can Do in a Vancouver Coronavirus World
There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. They include washing your hands thoroughly, not touching your face, staying 2 metres away from other people, not traveling abroad, heeding health authority advice and staying home if you feel unwell.
There are things you can do to help your community too. They include reaching out to friends and neighbours and offering to help with things, like grocery shopping, if needed. But don’t buy more than you need at the grocery store and pharmacy!
Beaches, parks, and Places in Nature are ideal places to hang out at, especially on days with good weather. Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach and English Bay Beach remain open but their parking lots are closed to deter large gatherings.
Closed Vancouver Attractions Due to COVID-19
As of mid-March, Lower Mainland venues that have closed, at least temporarily, are listed below. (Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Many attractions and places of interest not in our list are likely also closed.)
- Abbotsford Flea Market – a market on Sundays at Abbotsford Exhibition Park has been closed until further notice.
- Apex Adventure Plex – the trampoline park in Richmond has closed until further notice.
- Aquabus – as of March 17th the mini ferry company that provides service throughout the False Creek region has halted operations temporarily.
- Baden Powell Trail – the portion of the trail that runs through Lynn Canyon Park and up Quarry Rock are temporarily closed to the public.
- BC Sports Hall of Fame – the sports museum at BC Place is closed until further notice.
- Bear Creek Miniature Train – the train at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park is temporarily closed until at least April 4th.
- Beaty Biodiversity Museum – the biological-themed museum at UBC is closed indefinitely.
- Bill Reid Gallery – the art gallery featuring works by BC’s most famous First Nations artist as well as other carvers and Indigenous artists.
- Bloedel Conservatory – the large indoor garden at Queen Elizabeth Park is closed until further notice.
- Britannia Mine – the same as all Parks Canada National Historic Sites across Canada, the copper mine museum just south of Squamish ceased operations for the time being on March 18th.
- Britannia Heritage Shipyards – the heritage buildings are closed until further notice.
- Burnaby Art Gallery – the art gallery at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby closed on March 18th until further notice.
- Burnaby Village Museum – the outdoor historical attraction is closed until further notice.
- Capilano Suspension Bridge – the park in North Vancouver is temporarily closed.
- Castle Fun Park – the adventure park with mini golf, bumper cars, bowling and other fun activities is closed until further notice.
- Chuck E Cheese – the popular restaurant/arcade in Langley is closed until at least March 31st. They were still offering take-out and delivery options (but that may change).
- Cineplex Movie Theatres – all Cineplex movie theatres have closed until further notice.
- Clip ‘n Climb – a wall-climbing facility in Richmond.
- Cypress Mountain – the West Vancouver ski hill announced on March 15th that it would be ceasing operations at the end of the day until further notice.
- Darts Hill Garden Park – on March 21st the Surrey garden announced it will be closed until the end of April.
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden – the garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood is closed indefinitely.
- Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – the world-famous hotel has temporarily closed its doors.
- False Creek Ferries – the miniature passenger boats are temporarily closed until at least April 1st.
- Firehall Arts Centre – the performance centre in East Vancouver has halted productions until further notice.
- FlyOver Canada – the multi-dimensional flying experience has been closed until further notice. This means that both FlyOver Canada and FlyOver Iceland are not currently playing.
- Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – the local company that offers guided walking tours around downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park has ceased operations until conditions improve.
- Fort Langley – the National Historic Site in the Fraser Valley closed to the public on March 18th and will remain so until further notice.
- Gateway Theatre – the community theatre in Richmond cancelled its From Alaska production scheduled for April 16th to April 25th. Shows happening in May and later dates are to be determined.
- Grand Villa Casino and other Gateway Casinos locations – the Burnaby casino announced it is closed as of March 17th, 2020. Other venues operated by Gateway Casinos have also suspended operations. These include Starlight Casino in New Westminster, Cascades Casino in Langley, Chances Squamish, Chances Mission and Chances Abbotsford.
- Granville Island – as of March 23rd the Granville Island Public Market is still open, as are some of the other stores in the neighbourhood. Theatres like Vancouver TheatreSports and the Arts Club’s Granville Island Stage, however, are closed, as are some retailers including the Kids Market. Events like the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, which normally takes place on Granville Island in late May, have been cancelled.
- Grouse Mountain – the ski resort has announced that it is suspending operations until further notice.
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery – the National Historic Site in Steveston Village closed temporarily as of March 18th (as have all Parks Canada sites across the country).
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – the space centre and planetarium in Vanier Park are closed until further notice.
- Lynn Canyon Park – all trails and the bridge in the park are closed until further notice.
- Mackin House Museum – the historic house is closed until at least April 7th.
- Maplewood Farm – the North Vancouver hobby farm is closed until further notice.
- Maritime Museum – the historic museum in Vanier Park is closed until at least April 6th.
- Mt. Seymour – the North Shore ski announced is now closed for the rest of the 2019/20 season.
- Museum of Anthropology – the museum at UBC that features many West Coast First Nations artifacts is closed until at least April 7th.
- Museum of Vancouver – the history museum in Vanier Park is closed until further notice.
- Nitobe Memorial Garden – the Japanese garden at UBC is closed until further notice.
- Peace Arch Border – the border between USA and Canada is temporarily closed to non-essential travel and trade.
- Polygon Gallery – the art museum in North Vancouver is temporarily closed.
- Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – the weekly Sunday market is closed until further notice. It is just one of several Vancouver Winter Markets to be affected.
- Porteau Cove Campground – the campgrounds are closed until at least April 30th, 2020.
- Prospect Point – the restaurant and gift shop overlooking the Lions Gate Bridge in Stanley Park is closed until further notice.
- Quarry Rock in Deep Cove – the hiking trails up the rock are closed until further notice.
- Reifel Bird Sanctuary – the nature and bird sanctuary in Delta is closed until further notice.
- River Rock Casino (and other Great Canadian locations) – the casino and hotel owned by the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced that it is suspending operations at all its properties (which also include Hastings Racecourse, the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam, Chances Maple Ridge and Elements Casinos in Surrey and Chilliwack as of March 15th, 2020.
- Roedde House Museum – the historic museum is closed until further notice.
- Sasquatch Mountain – the ski resort near Harrison Hot Springs has ended its 2019/20 season early.
- Science World – the science museum at the eastern end of False Creek is closed over the school Spring Break season and will remain closed until at least April 6th, 2020.
- Sea to Sky Gondola – Squamish’s famous attraction has suspended their operations until further notice. (This is especially unfortunate as they only just recently re-opened after being closed since being vandalised last August.)
- Shannon Falls – all facilities in the park near Squamish are closed until further notice.
- Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre – the gallery in Whistler is closed until at least March 24th.
- Stanley Park Train – the miniature train at Stanley Park is closed for the foreseeable future (including over the Easter holidays).
- Stave Falls – BC Hydro’s facility is temporarily closed.
- Stawamus Chief – the park in Squamish is closed until further notice.
- Stewart Farm – the historical site in Elgin Heritage Park is closed until further notice.
- Taves Family Farm and Applebarn – this family-friendly farm in Abbotsford is closed until further notice.
- UBC Botanical Gardens – the garden at UBC is closed until further notice.
- Vancouver Aquarium – the aquarium in Stanley Park has temporarily closed to the public.
- Vancouver Art Gallery – the art gallery in downtown Vancouver is closed until further notice.
- Vancouver Convention Centre – events have been cancelled at the Convention Centre until conditions improve.
- Vancouver Flea Market – a market of yard-sale-type collections that takes place on Saturdays and Sundays has closed until further notice.
- Vancouver Zoo – the zoo in Aldergrove has closed indefinitely.
- VanDusen Garden – the botanical garden is closed and all its events are cancelled until further notice (as are most other facilities run by the City of Vancouver).
- Watermania – the aquatic centre in Richmond is closed until further notice.
- West Vancouver Aquatic Centre – the District of West Vancouver’s website states that the Seniors’ Activity Centre, community centre weight rooms, spin studio, gymnastics gym and Aquatic Centre are all closed until further notice.
- Westcoast Sightseeing Tours – the tour bus company has stopped running until conditions improve.
- Whistler-Blackcomb – the ski resort owned by Vail Resorts announced on March 14th that it was suspending operations indefinitely (but say there is still a tiny chance that they might re-open in the late spring).
Classes at all elementary, middle, and high schools as well as most Universities in BC have also been cancelled until further notice. Many Universities such as SFU, UBC, Capilano, BCIT, UVIC, Douglas College, Langara College, TRU and Trinity Western University have transitioned to online learning instead of face-to-face classes.
Surrey, Burnaby, Squamish, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission, Langley, Coquitlam, Harrison Hot Springs, New Westminster, Whistler and North Vancouver have temporarily closed all recreation centres, pools, public playgrounds, skateparks, sport courts, ice arenas and libraries.
As of March 20th, BC Parks is restricting access to most of its facilities. Many campsites are now consequently closed until at least the end of April. These include sites at Cultus Lake, Golden Ears Provincial Park and Alice Lake.
In addition to the above, numerous Vancouver Bars & Restaurants and Night Clubs have also closed temporarily. These include Mahony & Sons, Tap & Barrel, Forage Restaurant and many others. Most Lower Mainland Golf Clubs have also ceased operations. Canada-US Border crossings, including the Peace Arch Border Crossing, are now also closed to tourists and all non-essential and non-commercial trade-related travel.
Also in addition to the above, Lower Mainland Farmers Markets have also been impacted by the virus and government measures to contain its spread. Although the province has declared the markets to be “essential services,” some winter markets have nevertheless still been forced to close. Ones that remain open are allowing only food vendors (so no artisan products), making sure people practice safe physical distancing, and having shoppers pay using plastic as opposed to cash.
Note: the above is not a full list of venues closing, nor is the following a full list of festivals and events that have been cancelled. There are more, and no doubt more to come. We are updating the information over time and as best we can.
Cancelled Vancouver Events Due to COVID-19 in 2020
Lower Mainland festivals and events listed below have been cancelled for 2020 as a result of concerns about the coronavirus. In brackets () are the dates that the events were originally scheduled to occur. In most cases, we expect the events to take place again in 2021.
- 420 Vancouver – a festival celebrating marijuana and pot culture at Sunset Beach (April 20th, 2020).
- Anything Goes – the 1934 musical about people on an ocean liner at Highlands United Church in North Vancouver’s Edgemont Village (March 18th to 22nd, 2020.)
- Big Picnic – a free Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival event at Queen Elizabeth Park (April 11th, 2020)
- BMO Vancouver Marathon – a major international running race in Vancouver (May 3rd, 2020).
- Brewski Fest – a free event involving samples of beer for ski ticket holders at Cypress Mountain. (March 21st, 2020)
- Bridge Festival – a 2-day festival in West Vancouver at Ambleside Park. (June 5th & 6th, 2020)
- Burnaby Farmers Market – the weekly Saturday event did not take place on March 21st. Subsequent market days are to be confirmed.
- Canada Day – the July 1st event in Port Moody has been cancelled (and we expect that won’t be the only Canada Day event not taking place this year. No doubt other similar announcements will be coming soon).
- Cannery Farmers Markets – the twice-a-month winter farmers market at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery has cancelled the remainder of its 2019/20 season.
- CelticFest at the Vancouver Art Gallery – the festive Irish-themed event that was scheduled for March 15th was cancelled.
- Cherry Jam Concert – free live entertainment outside the Burrard Street SkyTrain Station as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (April 2nd & 3rd, 2020).
- Friday Night Live – once-a-week live entertainment in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley. (Shows since March 13th have been cancelled.)
- Food Truck Festivals – a number of food truck festivals will no doubt be impacted by the coronavirus. As of March 28th ones we know that have been cancelled include ones at Willowbrook Mall in Langley and at Inlet Park in Port Moody. Others will soon be affected too no doubt.
- Golden Spike Days – the organizers of the Port Moody event that takes place over Canada Day announced on March 24th that they would be cancelling the event for 2020. (June 27th to July 1st, 2020)
- Hats Off Day – a festival in Burnaby featuring live music, a parade and street performers (June 6th, 2020).
- Hometown Hockey – a hockey-themed event at North Vancouver’s Shipyards (March 14th & 15th, 2020).
- Ladner May Days Festival – a festival featuring live music, a parade and amusement rides (May 22nd to 24th, 2020).
- Norooz Fire Festival – a Persian New Year event at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park (March 17th, 2020).
- O Hanami – a Japanese cherry blossom season-themed event at Burnaby’s Nikkei Centre (April 3rd & 4th, 2020).
- Party for the Planet – Surrey’s Earth Day celebrations outside Surrey City Hall (April 18th, 2020).
- PNE Events – events held on the grounds of the PNE (except possibly for the Hastings Park Farmers Market as of the middle of March) have been cancelled or postponed. This includes Playland which now won’t be starting up until at least June (instead of in May as it does in normal years).
- Point Grey Fiesta – a community festival in Point Grey with a parade and amusement rides (June 18th to 20th, 2020).
- Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival – the Japanese festival at Gary Point Park (April 5th, 2020).
- River District Vancouver – due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, as of mid-March 2020, all up-coming events at the development’s neighbourhood centre have been cancelled until at least April 28th. Area playgrounds have also been closed.
- Royal Canadian International Circus – under the big top at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond, at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey and at Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver (May 14th to June 7th, 2020)
- Sakura Days Japan Fair – a Japanese-themed Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival event at VanDusen Garden (April 18th & 19th, 2020).
- Shen Yun – the Chinese performing arts production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (March 13th to 22nd).
- The show has been postponed until April 6th to 11th, 2021. Current ticket holders will be offered a credit worth the value of their 2020 tickets towards the purchase of tickets to next year’s production.
- Sockeye Run Car Show – a fundraising event hosted by the local Lions Club in Steveston Village. (June 14, 2020)
- Surrey International Children’s Festival – a 3-day event for kids and their families at Bear Creek Park (May 21st to 23rd, 2020).
- Surrey Vaisakhi Parade – a celebration of the Punjabi New Year in Surrey (April 25th, 2020).
- St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run – a running race around Stanley Park (March 14th, 2020).
- Theatre Under the Stars – the musicals Hello Dolly and Beauty & the Beast scheduled to run in the summer in Stanley Park (July 4th until August 29th, 2020).
- Urban Grind – an opportunity to climb to the top of the Vancouver Lookout on Tuesday afternoons in March between 4:30 and 6:30 pm (March 17th, 24th & 31st, 2020).
- Vancouver Chamber Choir Concerts – concerts on March 30th and April 10th are cancelled.
- Vancouver Children’s Festival – a week of activities for children at Granville Island (May 25 to 31, 2020).
- Vancouver Earth Day Parade – a small parade and environment-themed festival along Commercial Drive and at Grandview Park (April 18th, 2020).
- Vancouver Sun Run – a 10K running race around downtown Vancouver (April 19th, 2020).
- Vancouver TheatreSports – all shows at the comedy club are cancelled until further notice.
- Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade – an East Indian festival in South Vancouver that attracts as many as 200,000 people or more (April 18th, 2020).
- Walk In Her Shoes – a fundraising event for CARE to benefit women and children in the developing world (March 8th, 2020).
In addition to the above cancellations, many other events have been either postponed or temporarily suspended, including Spring Break camps and related activities. See below for a list of other events (some of which may eventually be completely cancelled for the year in the end).
Postponed & Suspended Events Due to the Virus
The following Lower Mainland events have been postponed or suspended:
- All British Field Meet – the May 16th car show at VanDusen Botanical Garden has been postponed until a yet-to-be-determined date in the summer.
- All-British Vancouver-Whistler Run – on March 24th the British auto show at Whistler’s Creekside Village announced that, instead of its original scheduled date of May 17th, it would take place at a later date in the summer.
- Arts Club Theatre – the mid-March to mid-April production of Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave at the Stanley Theatre has been postponed until August 2020 (with exact new dates to be confirmed). All other Arts Club productions have also been postponed.
- Billie Eilish – this concert at Roger’s Arena has been postponed. (Originally on April 11th, 2020.)
- Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – the once-a-week Tuesday evening drumming event at Stanley Park’s Third Beach is on hold until further notice.
- Cap Crusher – a grueling running race through the trails at Capilano River Regional Park in North Vancouver (March 14th, 2020).
- Celine Dion – her Courage World Tour concert at Rogers Arena (April 17th & 18th, 2020).
- Chan Centre Events – many events until at least May 3rd at UBC’s Chan Centre have been postponed.
- Cloverdale Flea Market – a large market at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey on Sundays. The event will not be operating over the next number of weekends.
- Friday Night Live – live entertainment in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley on Friday evenings. (The March 13th show was cancelled. The statuses of other upcoming performances are to be determined.)
- Jazz in the Vine – a new series of live Jazz concerts taking place in Langley at a different winery once a month. The inaugural event was going to happen on March 19th and the second on April 16th. Both have been postponed and others won’t likely be running either until further notice.
- Jazz Vespers – churches in Vancouver, Surrey, the North Shore and another places put on Jazz concerts each month that are by donation. All have been cancelled indefinitely, as have many religious services and most other events (both faith-based on non) at church venues throughout the Lower Mainland.
- Monster Jam – a monster truck event at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE (March 14th to 15th, 2020). The event has been postponed for a later date that is yet to be determined.
- Ticket holders for Monster Jam can either attend the event in the future after it has been rescheduled or request a refund. See our article about Monster Jam Vancouver for details.
- Olde Farmhouse Market – a vintage market at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford, Originally scheduled for the weekend of April 3rd and 4th, it has been rescheduled. Its tentative new dates are May 30th and 31st (but those too are to be confirmed.)
- Playdome – an indoor event at BC Place Stadium with midway games and amusement rides (March 20th to 28th, 2020). There is a chance this event is merely “postponed” and will be rescheduled for another time. Hopefully that will be the case, but details are to be determined.
- Playland – the city’s amusement park was scheduled to open for the season on May 2nd, 2020. As of mid-March, however, that has been pushed back until June at the earliest.
- Sonic Boom Festival – a contemporary classical music festival showcasing BC composers (March 19th to 22nd, 2020).
- UBC Classes – all classes with over 250 people in them have been cancelled temporarily. Online instruction will be taking place for the immediate future.
- Squamish Farmers Market – the weekly Saturday market is delaying its start for the season by a month. As of March 19th, instead of opening as planned on April 4th, it’s new opening date is scheduled for May 9th.
- TED2020 – the annual world TED Conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Originally scheduled for April 20th to 24th, but now tentatively rescheduled for July 26th to 30th.)
- Vancouver Canadians Baseball Games – minor league baseball has delayed Spring Training which means the official season is postponed until further notice.
- Vancouver Canucks Games – the NHL has suspended all games indefinitely.
- Vancouver Craft Beer Week – featuring a variety of events including a weekend Craft Beer Festival. (Originally from May 29th until June 7th but postponed until later in 2020.)
- Vancouver Giants Games – the Western Hockey League has suspended all games indefinitely.
- Vancouver International Auto Show – a car show that takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Originally scheduled for March 25th to 29th, the new dates are to be confirmed.)
- Vancouver South African Film Festival – an event showcasing films about the culture of South Africa. (Originally scheduled for March 27th to 29th, new dates are to be confirmed.)
- Vancouver Whitecaps Games – Major League Soccer (MLS) has suspended all games for at least 30 days.
- Whistler World Ski and Snowboard Festival – a week of competition and concerts is postponed until further notice. (Originally from April 16th to 26th, 2020, new dates to be confirmed.)
Also in addition to the above, on March 12th, 2020, Princess Cruises announced that it was cancelling all cruise excursions for the next two months including ones scheduled to depart from and visit Vancouver. See the Princess Cruises website for details. A few days after that the Province of BC announced that all large cruise excursions with stops in Vancouver were cancelled until at least July.
BC Ferries has also announced that it is cutting some sailings due to reduced demand. The ferry corporation is also no longer offering buffet dining and other hot meal services on various sailings for at least the next little while.
Lower Mainland hotels are taking various precautions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Restaurants are now either closed or offering only take-out and/or delivery services. Cleaning procedures have also been stepped up, and cancellation policies at many places have been revised to reflect the current situation.
As of March 26th, hotels that have closed include the Fairmont Vancouver and several other Downtown Vancouver Hotels, the River Rock Casino & Resort in Richmond, and the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier in North Vancouver. Other hotels have also already closed, and more will likely eventually do the same.
Closing Retail Businesses
In addition to festivals, events and attractions, some area retail stores are also closing their doors temporarily. Major brands that have announced they won’t be open for business for at least a few weeks include Nike stores, LUSH stores and Apple outlets.
Below is a list of some (but far from all) retailers that have announced they are closing until further notice. (Note: details are subject to change.)
- Anthropologie – this American clothing store is closing until March 28th at the earliest.
- Apple – the American technology company is closing all its retail outlets until at least March 27th, 2020.
- Aritzia – the Canadian women’s boutique has shut down indefinitely.
- H&M – the Swedish clothing/retail store has closed all Canadian locations until April 2nd at the earliest.
- Hot Topic – these pop culture stores have closed until March 30th at the earliest.
- Hudson’s Bay – the Canadian department store is closed for at least two weeks as of March 17th.
- IKEA – all physical locations of the big-box Swedish furnishings store in Canada are closed, including the locations in Coquitlam and Richmond. Online sales and home delivery, however, are still possible.
- LUSH – the Vancouver-based soap company is closing all 250+ of their North American stores between at least March 16th and 29th, 2020.
- Lululemon – this athletic apparel shop is closing from March 16th until at least March 27th, 2020.
- Nike – the sportswear store has announced that they are closing brick and mortar locations in the US, Canada, Europe and other regions between March 16th and March 27th.
- Nordstrom – the retail department store has closed its Canadian and US locations until further notice.
- Purdy’s Chocolates – the Canadian chocolate and sweets store has closed all its locations in Canada until at least March 31st.
- Roots – the Canadian retailer has closed until at least March 31st.
- Sephora – the make-up and beauty store is closing all stores in Canada and the US until at least April 3rd.
- Starbucks – the popular American coffee company has closed multiple stores and transitioned to delivery and drive-thru options for the remaining open stores.
- The Source – the Canadian electronics store is closed until March 31st at the earliest.
- Tim Hortons – much like Starbucks, Tim Hortons has gotten rid of seating and remains open for only drive-thru, delivery and to-go orders.
Due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, Vancouver-area attractions are increasing the thoroughness of their cleaning practices and taking extra precautions. People are being reminded to wash their hands thoroughly, cover their mouths if they cough and stay home if they feel sick. Venues are also adding additional hand sanitizing stations around their facilities and increasing their cleaning efforts.
Most events that are being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic are either offering ticket holders refunds or credits for the future. If you have already paid for an event that has been cancelled, contact the organizer for details.
For information about the coronavirus, public health advisories and what you can do to protect yourself, see the following websites:
If you want to get outside and enjoy the Lower Mainland, but don’t want to get too close to other people, then see our article about Vancouver Parks & Nature.