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Playgrounds opening across the Okanagan June 1

Children across the Okanagan will get to use the playground equipment in parks again on June 1, 2020, including this 7-year-old Peachland boy.
May 28, 2020 - 11:29 AM

Playgrounds across the Okanagan will shed their yellow tape and COVID-19 barriers and go back to welcoming kids.

Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment will reopen on June 1 across the region. This includes outdoor playgrounds located in municipal and regional parks as well as playgrounds located at public schools in the Okanagan.

"Once barriers are removed, such as caution tape or fencing, it will signify that playgrounds have been inspected and are now open for public use," a joint press release issued by Okanagan municipalities.

"Residents are asked to refrain from using these spaces until park staff remove closed signs, fencing and caution tape. Waterparks will remain closed at this time."

While the playgrounds will be open it's still recommended that COVID-19 safety precautions are adhered to.

Those include washing and/or sanitizing hands before and after visiting playgrounds, keeping a safe physical distance and avoiding gatherings and staying home if you feel unwell.

The decision to close playgrounds has been at the discretion of local governments and were closed across the Okanagan region in mid-March. They worked together to announce the reopening but waterparks and indoor recreation facility reopening plans will be provided by each respective municipality as each facility has unique considerations to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.   

For more information regarding the phased reopening of programs and facilities in your area, please visit your local government website.

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