COVID-19 Safety Plans & Guidelines

Detailed measures the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is taking in response to COVID-19.

Operating in a pandemic environement, we ask that all participants read, understand, follow and respect the important guidelines below for the health and safety of everyone. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through this together.

Risk Assessments, Safety Plans & Guidelines

RDCK Wide 

The RDCK will be following appropriate health and safety recommendations from the Provincial Health Officer, Interior Health Authority, the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia and WorkSafe. From the beginning of this pandemic public and staff safety has been our top priority. 

Outdoor Programs & Skate Parks

All RDCK Tennis and Pickle ball courts including Creston are open for casual play, follow these guidelines to stay safe; Tennis guideline and Pickleball guideline. Please check back here for up to date information.   


The Recreation services in Castlegar, Creston, Nelson, Salmo and Slocan Valley South are gearing up for a fun filled summer outside. Regional summer programs will include; Boot Camp, Yoga,  Red Cross, Home Alone, Children’s Day Camps, Micro Camps, and more. 


Program registration opened on June 23rd for July and August summer programming. All programs are pre-registered. Further information will be available within the next two weeks on the RDCK website and Facebook page and on local recreation Facebook pages.


RDCK Water Safety Ambassadors will be available at beaches throughout the regional district.  With the pools closed, and physical distancing measures in place, the Water Safety Ambassadors will play an important role in bringing tips and friendly family activities to the beaches in drowning prevention education. 




Our outdoor fitness classes have started. To start there will only be a few offerings with limited class sizes so that our staff and participants are safe. Nelson will be offering outdoor yoga classes during the week at Lakeside Park starting in August. Please check back here for up to date information.



The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is pleased to offer a return to fitness, as indoor weight rooms and fitness centres in Castlegar, Creston and Nelson are set to re-open Monday, July 27. 

In order to use the weight room or fitness centre at your community complex of choice, users will reserve a dedicated time slot to come into the facility to workout. No drop ins will be allowed. Each facility will offer specific times throughout the day for bookings and each session will have a maximum capacity to allow for strict physical distancing. The length of each workout session is 75 minutes and the cost will be $7.00 + tax. All payments must be done online or over the phone. To reserve (register), view hours of operation and availability, go to or phone your local recreation complex for more information.


Castlegar & District Community Complex  250-365-3386
Creston & District Community Complex   250-428-7127
Nelson & District Community Complex 250-354-4386

For your safety and those around you, the following procedures and guidelines must be followed in order for the RDCK to offer indoor weight room access:

Before You Arrive:

  • Make a workout reservation (No drop-ins) online or over the phone up to 5 days in advance
  • No memberships or punch passes can be used
  • Cancellations (except for COVID-19 related symptoms)/no show are non-refundable
  • Complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Must be a minimum of 13 years of age
  • Dress in your workout clothes (change rooms and lockers will not be accessible)
  • Do not bring valuables into the facility
  • Bring a water bottle filled (Refilling stations are available – no water fountains)

What to expect when you Arrive:

  • Please line up 2 meters apart at the main entrance (the doors will be closed)
  • A fitness technician will let you in 5 minutes before your workout reservation, escort and orient you to the fitness centre
  • You will sanitize your hands when entering the fitness centre (The RDCK recommends wearing a mask in the facility when you are not working out)
  • Everyone will get their own spray bottle and towel that is turned in at the end of their session for disinfection and laundry.
  • Follow all floor and wall signage that indicates direction of travel and spacing requirements
  • Be respectful to staff and other users by maintaining 2 meters physical distance at all times
  • No partner workouts will be permitted



RDCK indoor pools remain closed until further notice. Please check back here for up to date information.


The Salmo & District outdoor pool opened to the public on Monday, July 6, 2020. The pool is available for lap swimming, public swimming and aquafit.



The RDCK Arenas remain closed until further notice. Please check back here for up to date information.


Creston Physio Centre 

Nelson Paddle Centre 




The content on this page was last updated July 31 2020 at 3:44 PM