The Jinkerson Stairs from Teskey Way on Promontory in Chilliwack are temporarily one-way only now after city staff found the popular exercise spot over-crowded over the weekend. (City of Chilliwack)

Stairs used for exercise in Chilliwack designated one-way only

The Jinkerson stairs were so crowded over the weekend that city officials had to do something

Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove is cautioning people trying to exercise outdoors that they still still have to remain two metres apart.

“Over the weekend, our operations department received reports that the stairs at Teskey Way were crowded with people exercising,” Popove stated in his mayor’s message for March 31.

“While it is great that so many people are out taking care of their physical health and enjoying our wonderful outdoor spaces, appropriate physical distancing must still be observed.”

But instead of closing off access to the stairs, city officials decided to implement a temporary “one-way solution” to the problem.

“As of today, the stairs at Teskey Way are designated uphill only, enabling residents to continue to get outside and exercise in a safe manner that allows for the necessary two metres of space in between users.

Signage now reinforces it along with a map showing folks how to return to the base of the stairs using the trail alongside Teskey Way.

“We hope that this new one-way system will enable us to keep the stairs open and we ask everyone using the stairs to respect the signage and the one-way directions.”

The next two weeks are key.

“As a City, we are working hard to ensure our residents are aware of the current need to maintain physical distancing, while following all the orders of Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s health officer.

We know that the next two weeks are crucial in flattening the curve and preventing the spread of COVID-19. During the upcoming weeks, please continue to stay home as much as possible and practise physical distancing if you must leave your house.

City officials will be modifying operations and services accordingly to best serve the public while adhering to provincial orders and guidelines. For more details go to chilliwack.com/covid19

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