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Coldstream eases more restrictions, opens boat launches, but beaches remain closed

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May 05, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The District of Coldstream is reopening its boat launches but still keeping all beach accesses closed.

Coldstream is opening Westkal Boat Launch May 6 under strict rules and regulations for motorized boat users and Kinloch Boat Launch will be opened when current maintenance is finished. Both sites are for non-motorized use only.

Kalavista Boat Launch will first open to local residents who have on-water storage between May 12 and 14, before then opening to day users May 15. Boaters will have to book an appointment to use the launch and times will be staggered to ensure appropriate physical distancing.

While the majority of cities and municipalities took steps to close playgrounds and outdoor areas, the District of Coldstream imposed a blanket ban on all outdoor sites and was criticized for restricting the use of its cemetery.

The District loosened restrictions April 22 reopening parks and other green spaces. The popular Kalamalka Beach and other beaches still remain closed.

In a media release, the district says it is now moving into phase two of reopening public spaces and allowing the boat launches to be used.

"If users do not comply with the stated process, gather in groups or do not follow social distancing orders, the District may close the parks and boat launches in the future," reads the release.

For information on how to book a time to use Kalavista Boat Launch and more information go here.


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