Public playgrounds across Campbell River are closed until further notice.
Both the City of Campbell River and the Campbell River School District have closed their play structures for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The city has posted signage at most parks that says: “Corona Virus (COVID 19) Help Stop The Spread & Stay Safe! Park Closed until further notice. All facilities in this park are closed. This includes, but is not limited to tennis courts, sports fields and courts, skate parks and public washrooms.”
In a March 23 email to the Mirror, Drew Hadfield, the city’s director of operations, said their goal is to provide public awareness and encourage people not to use the park spaces where social distancing can’t be maintained.
“We will be signing all parks with the hope that if people choose to use the facility, they understand the risks,” he said.
Hadfield also said that the city is “unable to provide cleaning of these spaces,” which includes playground structures, seating and picnic tables.
The Campbell River School District has wrapped its play structures in caution tape and attached closed signs to them.
In a March 23 email to the Mirror, a SD72 spokesperson said that only the playground equipment is affected by their playground closure and that fields and tracks at Campbell River School District buildings are still accessible. People are expected to follow the provincial health officer’s social distancing guidelines of six feet.