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Kingsville Closes Playgrounds As Additional Measure To Reduce The Spread Of Covid-19

Thursday March 26th, 2020, 12:49pm


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Kingsville is expanding its local measures to further encourage social/physical distancing to reduce opportunities for the spread of COVID-19 through its local parks.

The Town had previously posted signs near playground entrances, the skatepark, and the leash-free dog park, but now will close all playgrounds. These new measures will remain in effect until further notice and are directly related to the advice and recommendations from public health agencies.

“This is directly in keeping with our overall challenge to protect our community by continuing to take measures that result in reduced exposure to this virus. We have the support of our public health unit in taking measures to strengthen the importance of social/physical distancing,” said Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos. “These extraordinary times are calling on us to take some extreme measures and the closing of these popular playspaces and playground equipment has become necessary. We must all take note and recognize that every individual action counts and can make a difference. Stay home, spend time in your backyards, and yes go for walks, but please avoid touching surfaces and being in groups of people.”

The measures being taken are as follows:

  • Fencing will be placed around the Kingsville skate park to go along with the signage
  • All swings will be taken out of service and caution tape will be wrapped around playgrounds and signed
  • Outdoor washrooms will remain closed until further notice

In the interim, the municipality is closely monitoring its leash-free dog park and its activity.   Users are asked to not congregate on the grounds and to keep numbers within each of the dog sections to less than five people each and maintain your personal space.

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