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City of Penticton, RDOS and school district 67 shut down public areas due to COVID-19

Penticton's outdoor recreational facilities have followed the recent closure of the city's indoor facilities, and are now closed until May 30,
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March 24, 2020 - 11:49 AM

It's been a busy day for the City of Penticton, the regional district and school district as public closures were implemented for recreational and other public properties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City parks, courts, skate parks and other outdoor facilities in Penticton are no longer open to the public.

Penticton’s tennis courts, pickle ball courts, lacrosse courts, playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields, dog parks, outdoor fitness equipment facilities and basketball courts are closed as of today, March 24, to support social distancing requirements, according to a City of Penticton media release.

The City’s outdoor facilities will be closed until May 30, in line with the shuttering of the City’s indoor facilities, which were closed earlier this month.

“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,” Mayor John Vassilaki said in the release. “We have reached the point where the closure of many outdoor facilities is now in the best interest of everyone.”

The City said bylaw officers will be monitoring parks with the intention of educating residents about the closures and the need to maintain social distancing.

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has closed all its facilities to the public, except landfills, according to a media release. Residents are also being asked to not attend local fire halls. All regional district public and group meetings have been cancelled indefinitely. Board meetings will be held electronically.

Campbell Mountain, Oliver, Okanagan Falls and Keremeos landfills will remain open with only credit or debit card accepted for payment. For more information, call the regional district at 250-492-0237.

School District 67 also announced the closure of school playgrounds and outdoor recreational areas for an indefinite period citing concerns about members of the public maintaining social distancing. All district rentals have also been suspended indefinitely. Further information will be posted on the district's website here.

— This story was updated at 12:37 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020, with information from the regional district.

— This story was updated at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020 with information from the school district.


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