Playground on Reece Avenue near Williams Street. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress).

Playgrounds across Chilliwack set to reopen Friday, June 5

Ensuring proper social distancing and sanitized hands will require extra vigilance

Outdoor fitness equipment and municipal playgrounds across Chilliwack will reopen Friday, June 5.

“We know it has been difficult for our residents to have limited access to park amenities,” said Mayor Ken Popove in a release from City of Chilliwack.

Ensuring proper social distancing, and sanitized hands and equipment, is going to take extra vigilance by parents and others.

There are more than 80 playgrounds across Chilliwack, so regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities by city staff will not be possible, officials warned.

City council had been weighing all the various considerations around COVID-19 prevention.

“Dr. Bonnie Henry continues to use the phrase “few faces in big spaces” and we hope Chilliwack will take this to heart,” said Mayor Popove. “It’s imperative that parents help their children understand the situation, and the importance of staying six feet apart from people outside your household, not touching your face and washing your hands frequently.”

City staff are in the process of formulating plans to safely reopen additional recreational facilities.

READ MORE: Playgrounds were shut down in March

Once the playgrounds reopen, parents and guardians will need to supervise children closely to ensure they are practising proper physical distancing, hand hygiene, and no face touching.

READ MORE: Sports courts were reopened

Signage with these use guidelines will be posted at playgrounds, and based on health officer recommendations around visits to public spaces.

Citizens should use their own discretion to decide if they are able to maintain precautions when visiting outdoor spaces:

• Avoid gatherings of 50 people or more;

• Maintain two metres (six feet) of distance from others not in their households;

• Wash hands regularly after touching surfaces in public places, and refrain from touching the eyes, nose or mouth.

• Avoid outdoor spaces if experiencing new respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough, sneezing or sore throat.

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This playground on Reece Avenue near Williams Street still had fencing as well as caution tape up on June 2, 2020 as city council was deciding to reopen playgrounds on Friday, June 5. (Jennifer Feinberg/ The Progress)

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