The District of Saanich has announced they are closing all of their public playgrounds to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
This follows the in the footsteps of other Island communities like Colwood and Parksville who have shutdown their playground structures as well.
The action for Saanich, released on Friday, becomes effective immediately as more measures continue to be put in place to ensure social distancing is being practiced.
“The decision to temporarily close Saanich’s playgrounds was made out of an abundance of caution, in response to public concerns that some playground users are not practicing social distancing as directed by B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer. The temporary closure affects only playgrounds that are in Saanich parks or at Saanich recreation facilities,” the District of Saanich said in a press release.
At this time, the district has said that all parks will remain open for the time being.
“Families are encouraged to enjoy the parks and trails throughout the community, while avoiding groups and maintaining a safe social distance,” said the release.
Along with parks and trails, Cedar Hill Golf Course is the other amenity that will remain open at this time.
The District of Saanich also said that they have ramped up cleaning practices in the public washrooms on park property and have removed some porta-potties temporarily.
Colwood is taking similar steps, but added that they are unable to effectively clean their playground structures and picnic tables therefore they are closing them to the public effective immediately as well.
“We know these are challenging times for all involved and that you are looking for as much information as possible regarding COVID-19 cases. We are committed to keeping you informed on any changes and new information as it becomes available,” said the District of Saanich.
Along with municipal playgrounds closing down, BC Parks announced today that they are closing all campgrounds, camping opportunities and accommodations until at least April 30, 2020.