VIDEO: Courtenay Mayor Wells announces all playgrounds in the area closed until further notice

In the ongoing effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Mayor Bob Wells has announced the immediate closure of all playgrounds in the area.

“This is a conversation we have had throughout the region – at the regional district, the Town of Comox, Village of Cumberland, the school district, and K’ómoks First Nation. We are unified in this message,” he said in the video message.

In talking to The Record, Wells said this is only for playgrounds, and does not affect parks and trails.

“Facilities like that are just the worst, when trying to protect people from getting infected,” he said, inferring to how playground equipment cannot be properly and consistently sanitized, to ensure safety.”

As for the social distancing, Wells reiterated what other levels of government have been stressing.

“People have already been told by the Province and the feds, ‘stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary.’ Go out if you want to get some exercise, but do no gather in any groups of any size. I think that’s a pretty clear message.”

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