Select Outdoor Recreational Structures Set to Open May 29
Medicine Hat – In support of a safe and responsible relaunch, the City of Medicine Hat has reviewed Public Health guidelines on the use of outdoor areas and is taking measures to open select outdoor recreation amenities.
Effective Friday, May 29, skate parks, skate spots, fitness parks, and outdoor play structures in both City parks and school grounds will be open to the public.
Playgrounds and equipment are currently being prepared for safe use as closure signs are removed. Residents can expect to encounter new signage warning that the structures are not sanitized, and to continue measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 like practice physical distancing, carry/use hand sanitizer, and stay home if sick.
“The City of Medicine Hat is relying on residents to use discretion and make responsible choices to help mitigate virus transmission,” says James Will, General Manager of Parks and Recreation. “Because the structures are not sanitized, this remains a ‘use at your own risk’ scenario, but we will no longer restrict access after May 29.”
In April, the City and local school divisions opted to make these spaces off limits in order to remove ambiguity around the interpretation of provincial orders and appropriate preventative measures.
For information about the provincial relaunch strategy, please visit www.alberta.ca . For City-related COVID information, including a visual timeline of the City’s local response, visit www.medicinehat.ca/covid19.
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For further information, please contact:
Public Information Officer
City of Medicine Hat