The Vancouver Park Board, along with other municipal authorities across Metro Vancouver have decided to close or block off recreation facilities within parks and beaches.
Crews were spotted over the weekend taping playgrounds, taking down volleyball nets, basketball hoops, and blocking access to sports fields and skate parks.
At Kitsilano Beach, the Vancouver Park Board has to go as far as removing logs from the beach.
— malcolm bromley (@vanparkGM) March 22, 2020
The move won’t restrict access to parks and beaches, but hopes to deter large gathering and help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
— Sarah Leamon (@SarahLeamonLaw) March 22, 2020
Like people are doing at English Bay in Vancouver pic.twitter.com/447ibZDHQt
— ♿️ MakeBCGreatForOnce (@Headshakin) March 22, 2020
While it’s still acceptable to self-isolate in nature, many people are misinterpreting this information and failing to distance themselves at least 6 feet from others.
Meanwhile, other popular locations around the city now appear to be ghost towns.
If you do decide to go outdoors, please keep the following in mind to protect yourself and others:
● Keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others
● Visit parks and beaches during less busy times
● Limit the number of visits to parks and beaches to provide opportunities for others to access
● Avoid gathering in groups
● Limit high-touch recreational activities such as volleyball or frisbee
● Wash or sanitize hands after touching communal surfaces
● Anyone feeling sick, especially if coughing or experiencing a fever, please stay at home
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