All Burlington parks closed to vehicular access in response to COVID-19
While all amenities in Burlington’s parks have already been closed, the city is taking the additional step of closing the parks off to vehicular access to discourage residents from gathering.
Over the next few days, the city says it will be placing signage and barricades in the entrances of parking lots to block vehicles from parking.
Vehicles left in parking lots as of Saturday, April 4 will be towed at the owner's expense.
“Only walking, jogging, riding a bike or scooter/wheelchair through a park or trail is permitted,” the city said in a recent statement. “Remember to keep two metres away from others — about the length of a hockey stick.”
Mayor Marianne Meed Ward has thanked the members of the community who are practicing social distancing and only going out when necessary, but says other residents are still not getting the message.
“Unfortunately, we are still seeing and hearing reports from the public of people not obeying the directives and orders from our provincial and federal governments. Some have also been ignoring the closed signs and locked facilities by jumping fences or removing posted signs and caution tape. All this must stop now,” said Meed Ward.
“It won't be long before every one of us will know someone with COVID-19 and now is the critical time where we must do everything we can to effectively slow down the spread of this deadly virus. Please stay home, and help save your own life and the lives of your family, friends and neighbours."
Residents who see groups of five or more people gathering or individuals using outdoor recreational facilities have been asked to file a police report at 905-825-4722.
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