REMINDER – FVRD Shut Down All Its Parks, Boat Launches For Easter Weekend, City Closes Vedder Greenway Parking Lots #socialdistancing

Courtesy John Martin MLA

Fraser Valley – The FVRD Fraser Valley Regional District will go to the extreme, to enforce social distancing and public safety for the Easter Long Weekend. That includes the closure of all parks and boat launches in their jurisdiction.

Chilliwack MLA John Martin tool to social media with a reminder:Friendly reminder that parks and recreation sites are closed for the long weekend. I know the weather is nice and you miss friends and family and being outside but it’s important we adhere to Dr. Henry’s recommendations. Stay home, stay safe and stay strong, Chilliwack.
#aroundchilliwack #sharechilliwack #staystrongchwk

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Despite repeated requests from the provincial health officer for BC residents to avoid any non-essential traffic within the province, many outdoor recreation destinations have seen increased trail usage from out of town guests during sunny weekends. In anticipation of increased trail usage over the long weekend by non-residents, the parking lots along the popular Vedder Greenway will be closed from April 10-12, 2020. Parking lots will reopen on Monday, April 13, 2020.

It is hoped that the parking lot closures will enable Chilliwack residents to continue to enjoy nearby parks and trails without overcrowding concerns. During the parking lot closure, green spaces and trails along the Vedder Greenway will remain open to pedestrians, equestrians and bicycles. Please maintain physical distancing and follow the advice and orders of the provincial health officer.

“This long weekend, I encourage our residents who are well to take walks in their own neighbourhoods, practice physical distancing and connect with loved ones virtually,” said Mayor Popove. “Right now, it’s important that we take steps to protect our community, while balancing everyone’s need for fresh air and exercise.”

Bylaw enforcement officers proactively patrol parks and trails throughout the city and will continue to do so during the long weekend. While physical distancing is not a health order, signage has been posted at popular trails and bylaw officers will remind residents of the importance of maintaining 2 metres (6 feet) of separation between themselves and others. To report physical distancing concerns, please call 1.888.COVID19 (1.888.268.4319).

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