Parks and playgrounds around the province are closing due to COVID-19. (File)

COVID-19: City of Penticton closes all parks, outdoor sporting areas

Included in closures are playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields, dog parks, more

All playgrounds and outdoor sporting areas in Penticton are now closed.

The City announced the closures this morning, joining decisions made by municipalities around the province. This morning, playgrounds in Summerland and Keremeos were also closed.

READ MORE: Keremeos playgrounds closed to prevent spread of COVID-19

READ MORE: Summerland closes parks

Effective today through May 30, the City of Penticton has closed tennis courts, pickle ball courts, lacrosse courts, playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields, dog parks, outdoor fitness equipment facilities and basket ball courts to support requirements for social distancing.

All indoor City facilities, currently closed, will now remain closed until May 30.

“We continue to see large groups of people using these facilities, something that is in direct violation of the order to social distance from the Provincial Health Officer,” says Penticton Mayor, John Vassilaki.

“Through regular contact with our partners at all levels, the City of Penticton is doing its part to ensure our facility operations support the direction and advice being given. We have reached the point where the closure of many outdoor facilities is now in the best interest of everyone.”

Residents are reminded that the order for social distancing directs citizens to remain at home as much as possible, stay two metres apart when outside the home, limit errands and appointments and do not gather in groups.

Bylaw officers will be monitoring City parks to educate citizens about the closure and the need for social distancing.

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