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Outdoor Recreation & Activities Impacts During COVID-19

Post Date:05/12/2020 11:15 AM

Medicine Hat – With recent direction from the Provincial Government that all summer festivals and events are cancelled until the end of summer due to COVID-19, the City of Medicine Hat is providing further clarity on local impacts pertaining to outdoor recreation spaces.

The province has provided guidelines on outdoor activities including maintaining two metres of physical distance from others and restricting gatherings of more than 15 people. As a result, organized sports and team sports within the city will not be permitted, as well as larger group bookings such as weddings, family reunions, etc. All bookings for the City’s ball diamonds / sports fields / outdoor kitchens / shelters and parks green spaces between now and the end of August are cancelled. In the event that the Provincial Government lifts restrictions sooner, bookings will be reinstated as users and groups wish.

City parks and trails are still open for use, but community members are encouraged to follow the provincial guidelines on outdoor activities. Stay home if you are unwell, practice physical distancing, avoid gathering or sharing equipment with people outside of your household and try to avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces. Residents are also reminded that playground structures, skate parks, skate spaces and outdoor fitness spaces are closed.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a noticeable increase in traffic on the City’s trail network. During this time, pet owners are encouraged to keep dogs on-leash to support safe and courteous encounters. Residents who choose to take dogs off-leash on permitted trails are reminded to ensure dogs are, at all times, under the control of an owner who is at least 18 years of age.

For more information, please view the links below on provincial guidelines as well as the City of Medicine Hat’s COVID-19 information page.

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For media inquiries, please contact :

Scott Richter
Manager of Parks
City of Medicine Hat

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