Assumption of Risk and Permission

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By signing this document, you and your child's legal rights may be affected. Please read carefully!

Dr. Bonnie Henry stated on May 16, 2020 that “COVID-19 is new for all of us”. We at the City of Abbotsford responded to the direction from our public health officials to first close our facilities and cease offering services. We are now responding to the direction to reopen our facilities and offer services to our community cautiously, with the safety of our staff and community being our priority.

COVID-19 remains a worldwide pandemic and a threat to our local health and safety. We know the following (this list is not intended to be exhaustive):

  1. The infectious agent, SARS-CoV-2, has caused community transmission of a serious communicable and potentially fatal disease known as COVID-19 amongst the population of the Province of British Columbia;
  2. Our public health officials have determined this constitutes a regional event as defined in section 51 of the Public Health Act;
  3. A person infected with SARS-CoV-2 can infect other people with whom the infected person comes into contact with; and
  4. The gathering of people in close contact with one another can promote the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and increase the number of people who develop COVID-19.

We cannot be certain that a person (of any age) will not contract SARS-CoV-2 at one of our facilities and/or while participating in one of our programs, but we have taken the steps required to develop safety plans and procedures, which are available for your review at We have implemented our COVID-19 safety plan and will be applying our policies and procedures, but the risk remains that a COVID-19 outbreak could occur despite our best efforts.

It is vital that no person who feels sick in any way visit any of our facilities and/or utilize any of our services. We do not employ health professionals and do not screen for potential illness. It is also vital that no person attend any of our facilities if they are feeling unwell or showing any symptoms of illness. Again, we do not screen for this.

For our camps and other programs for children, we will not be enforcing physical distancing amongst the children. We will be reducing the number of children in each program compared to our standard practices. We will emphasize hygiene and provide for handwashing as children begin and end their days in our programs. However, it is vital that children be permitted to play and this includes games where there will be touching (such as tag) and use of playground equipment. Most or all activities will take place outdoors. If your preference is solely for outdoor activity, please select a program for your child that provides the same.

It is vital that any person who believes that they may have become ill or their child may have become ill within 14 days of visiting one of our facilities and/or while taking part in one of our programs report this immediately to us by contacting 604.859.3134 and seek appropriate medical attention by first calling 8-1-1. We will share personal information for the purposes of contact tracing if the need arises. To attend our facilities and/or take part in our programs and/or send a child to same, you must consent to the same.

Please do not participate, or allow your child to participate, in any of our activities or programs if you or your child has:

  •  experienced cold or flu-like symptoms within the last 14 days;
  •  been in close contact with anyone else who has had these symptoms in the last 14 days; or
  •  been in close contact with anyone else who has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

Please note: If you or your child is displaying symptoms of respiratory distress or illness, they are asked not to participate.

Lastly, it is vital that we all be calm and compassionate throughout this pandemic. Any person who exhibits any aggression towards our staff or any other person in one of our facilities and/or programs will be asked to leave and not return.

If you would like more information regarding the risks associated with COVID-19 for children, please review the following BC CDC publications:

BC Government COVID response


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