This page is for all the news and announcements from the City of St. John's related to precautionary measures undertaken to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of St. John’s is activating its Business Continuity Plan and taking measures to proactively help prevent the spread of the virus. Following advice from public health officials, the City will be concentrating on work-from-home and remote deployment solutions for our staff to increase social distancing.

While City Hall will not close at this time, we ask members of the general public to avoid visiting City facilities and to conduct business online or over the phone, where possible. Residents can continue to contact the City through the Access Centre in the following ways:

Up-to-date closures, cancellations and other timely information; for complete details see All Messages below.

  • All public meetings and events hosted by the City are cancelled until further notice. 
  • Council meetings will occur and be webcast, but are closed to the public
  • Suspension of recycling collection for the next two weeks (up to and including Friday, March 27)
  • Limited access to the Animal Care & Adoption Centre; inquire at 576-6126 or
  • Facility closures, until further notice:
    • All Community Centres and recreation facilities, including The Loop, are closed 
    • All recreation programs, including after school care, are cancelled 
    • The Welcome Centre, 348 Water Street, is closed
    • The City Archives, 15 Terra Nova Road, is closed
    • The Railway Coast Museum is closed

All Messages
COVID-19 Update for March 17, 2020
Factility Closures Due to COVID-19: 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2020
City Monitoring COVID-19 Situation; 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2020