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KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Kelowna ambassadors are hitting parks and beaches this weekend

FILE PHOTO - Gyro beach, Kelowna.
July 31, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The City of Kelowna is launching its Safety Education Ambassadors program this weekend in an effort to make sure COVID-19 safe distancing rules are followed.

"The B.C. long weekend is the pinnacle of summer in the Okanagan and we encourage residents to get out, get active and enjoy the fresh air – just make sure to be safe while doing so,"  Lance Kayfish, the city’s risk manager, said in a news release.?“If the parking lot is full or the beach or park looks too crowded, make the smart choice and find a different, quieter location.”

The ambassadors will patrol popular outdoor areas such as beaches, parks and sports fields.

“As a general rule, if you can’t find a spot to put down your towel that is at least six feet away from others, the beach is too busy,” Kayfish said. “We ask that you simply be flexible in your weekend plans, try a different spot, or simply come back later when it’s less busy.”

The city has more than 200 parks, including 35 beaches and beach accesses so there is plenty to choose from. A map can be found here.

“We commend those who are finding ways to stay active by choosing low risk activities in larger spaces, unfortunately it only takes a few people bending the rules to put others at risk,” Kayfish said. “Our ambassadors are there to provide that reminder.”

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