Halton Hills will be closing playgrounds, gazebos, and skateboard parks to the public

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As of March 29, the Town of Halton Hills will be closing playgrounds, gazebos, and skateboard parks to the public; as well as implementing a ban on open-air burning.

"The Town continues to take a strong and measured approach to addressing the impacts of COVID-19," Mayor Rick Bonnette said in a news release.

"We are aware that some residents are not practicing physical distancing and so we have taken the measure of posting closed signs and taping off equipment at facilities where people seem to be congregating. The entire Council is very concerned that some of our residents are simply not taking physical distancing seriously,” he continued.

The Town will be posting signage on the three types of areas instructing residents to avoid them, and staff will also be monitoring their use and potential risk.

The ban on open-air burning will come into effect at 12 a.m. on March 29, and no new permits will be issued.

"This is the time of year when Fire staff typically sees an increase in calls related to open air burning, in particular grass fires", Fire Chief Harry Olivieri said in the same release.

"The ban is intended to reduce unnecessary contact with the public and ensure that Fire staff is available to respond to COVID-19 related calls, which are of course our first priority. We also want to preserve air quality in light of the COVID-19 respiratory challenges,” he continued.

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