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Cold Lake playgrounds open, some restrictions remain

Outdoor parks and playgrounds in the City of Cold Lake, including the skatepark, are open for use by the public under the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The public is reminded that the Government of Alberta has imposed a limit of 50 people on outdoor gatherings and is requiring physical distancing such that people who are not from the same household should keep two metres apart. Signs currently placed at outdoor playgrounds will be changed to reflect the facilities’ opening, the new restrictions, and relevant best practices. Please note that it may take several days to replace all of the signage, however, the outdoor play structures and skatepark should be considered open for use within the restrictions.

“The government’s guidelines allow for the safe opening of outdoor play structures and this will require responsible participation from the public, along with the realization that you can use these facilities, but at your own risk: They are not being sanitized,” Mayor Craig Copeland said. “The Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 response is necessarily fluid, and we are monitoring the restrictions carefully to ensure the public’s safety while limiting closures to those deemed necessary.”

For the time being, other outdoor recreational facilities, including tennis and pickle ball courts, will remain closed as the city works with health officials to understand the restrictions that are in place and what will be required to open these facilities safely once allowed to do so.

“We are grateful for the Government of Alberta’s leadership and, most importantly, we are grateful for the patience and restraint that our residents and all Albertans have shown in these unprecedented times,” Copeland said. “Our goal is to follow the Government of Alberta’s lead in providing for the safety of the public, and also in allowing for life to return to normal as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions permit.”