As a result of Covid-19 public health orders in BC, many pools and gyms were closed back in March/ April during wave 1 of the pandemic.
Now that we’re onto the next wave, this question has been coming up more and more often.
Can you close the pool in your strata building?
Under Section 71 of the Strata Property Act, strata corporations cannot significantly change the use or appearance of common property unless;
- Approved by a ¾ vote at an AGM or SGM
- An IMMEDIATE change is necessary to ensure safety to prevent significant loss or damage.
Back in March/ April 2020, one could argue that an IMMEDIATE safety issue was imminent as we didn’t really know how to deal with the virus.
At this point in time, with so much more being known, the safety issue is no longer IMMEDIATE, and there are protocols in place to open safely through WorkSafeBC.
The answer to the question is, yes, Strata Corporations can close the pools and gyms in a condo building, but not without a ¾ vote resolution passed by the owners beforehand.
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