COVID-19 playground closure signs are about to be replaced with signs advising visitors how to stay healthy while using play facilities when the City of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo allow children and families back into the play parks Wednesday, June 3. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo and RDN re-opening playgrounds

Playgrounds will be back open on Wednesday, June 3, with health guidelines in effect

The City of Nanaimo and Regional District of Nanaimo have announced playgrounds will reopen tomorrow, with conditions.

Both levels of government announced in separate press releases that playgrounds will re-open June 3 and that the decision was made in consulting with the province, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Island Health.

Playgrounds have been off limits since March 16 to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, but tennis courts, pickleball courts, gated off-leash dog parks and bike parks have been open since May 14 under Phase 2 guidelines of the B.C. restart plan.

Signs will be posted at all city and RDN playgrounds advising visitors how to stay safe and healthy while using the playground facilities.

Residents are reminded to follow physical distancing guidelines by maintaining a two-metres distance from anyone outside their households, wash hands before entering and after leaving the parks, and bring hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes. People are asked to stay away from playgrounds if they are ill or have been exposed to an ill person or have a child that is immunocompromised, consider using playgrounds at less busy times, and avoid sharing equipment, toys, food, water bottles and other personal items. People are asked not to congregate in groups larger than 50 people.

Indoor recreation facilities, such as recreation centres, arenas, pools and city-owned cultural venues will remain closed as city staff work on a re-opening strategy.

For more information about City of Nanaimo facility re-openings, visit https://bit.ly/2zYDhAv. For up-to-date information about RDN facility re-openings, visit www.rdn.bc.ca/parks-services.



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