School District 71 and Comox Valley local governments have reopened outdoor playgrounds effective Monday, June 1.
This reopening includes all district school playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment as well as public outdoor playgrounds in the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), city of Courtenay, town of Comox, village of Cumberland and 19-Wing Comox.
Numerous outdoor amenities have been closed since March 17 to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Local reopening of select outdoor recreation facilities were announced earlier in May, following the Province of BC’s easing of some restrictions through their announcement of the BC Restart Plan.
Following public health guidelines, users of these playgrounds and fitness equipment are reminded:
• Stay home if you are feeling any signs of illness
• Maintain a physical distance of two metres as much as possible from anyone outside your household
• Where physical distance is not possible, consider wearing a non-medical mask or face covering
• Wash your hands before and after using the playground structures and don’t touch your face
• Supervise children at all times and restrict crowding as much as possible.
In addition to playgrounds, the Village of Cumberland has also opened the Water Spray Park in the Village Park. Spray parks in Comox and Courtenay remain closed at this time.
Indoor recreation facilities in Comox, Courtenay, Cumberland and the CVRD remain closed until further notice.
Please visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/covid19 for up-to-date information.
“We know how important fresh air and active play are for families, particularly for those who may not have access to backyards of their own,” says Jesse Ketler, emergency operations centre (EOC) spokesperson and CVRD board chair. “As we reopen these public amenities, we are carefully following all available recommendations and guidance from the province, Island Health, Worksafe BC, and the Municipal Safety Association, and we thank the public for their understanding as we methodically work through this process. Public health and safety remains our top priority.”