22 March 2020

Vancouver Park Board closing all public outdoor recreation facilities in parks, beaches

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Vancouver Park Board has announced it’s closing all public outdoor recreation facilities within parks and beaches to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
This includes volleyball courts, tennis courts, skate parks, and sports fields.

 Park board spokesperson Christine Ulmer says they had hoped people would follow the advice of B.C. health officials and avoid gathering around recreation facilities, but as countless videos on social media proved, that didn’t happen.

“Having these facilities open has led to people congregating to wait to play, and they’re just in close contact, and we want to limit that wherever we can,” she told NEWS 1130.
Crews have already been spotted taking down basketball hoops in Kitsilano and signs are going up to let people know about the shut down.
The closure doesn’t cover the actual beaches and parks, which also continue to draw large crowds, although Ulmer says that could happen if people don’t get the message.

In the meantime, steps are being taken to make those areas less inviting, with crews removing logs to discourage people from sitting close to each other.
Port Coquitlam made a similar move Sunday, also ordering the immediate closure of sports fields, courts, and skate parks.

And earlier this week other municipalities in the Lower Mainland closed down playgrounds in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Westminster, Richmond, and North Vancouver announced closures Friday as Vancouver, Delta, and the Tri-Cities have similarly made the decision to close city-run playgrounds.

The number of Canadians infected with COVID-19 has tripled in a week, climbing to over 1,300 as of Sunday morning.

Original post here.

No comments:

Post a Comment