The City of Edmonton announced March 24, 2020 that it is closing all City playgrounds, effective immediately. This move is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Playground equipment is not cleaned or sanitized, so this decision helps limit potential transmission of the virus from hard surfaces.
At the same time, the City is asking all residents to maintain their physical (social) distance from others to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
In a news conference held this afternoon, Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin said it is up to everyone to protect themselves and others and to take responsibility for their behaviour.
“With schools now closed, we know the decision to close playgrounds will be disappointing to some families and children,” said Adam Laughlin. “We are taking this action, and reminding people about physical distancing, to limit the spread of the virus and protect people, especially those who are most vulnerable.”
Alberta Health Services recommends maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres (six feet) from each other at all times, even when outside. This, along with staying home when sick, and diligent handwashing, has proven to be the most effective method to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The City is also doing more education, and increasing monitoring on river valley trails and stairs that are popular with outdoor fitness enthusiasts. To encourage greater physical distancing, some tables will be removed from picnic areas.