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Parks to remain closed amidst Stage 1 relaunch

May 14, 2020

Some facilities and services will be open for business in Lethbridge beginning May 14. The Alberta government began Stage 1 of its relaunch strategy. BCN's Ainsley O'Riley explains how the City of Lethbridge is adapting to these changes.

Playgrounds and picnic shelters are still prohibited, even though the provincial government has given them the green light. Director of Emergency Management, and Fire Chief Mark Rathwell says Lethbridge has analyzed the risks and isn’t prepared to open those just yet.  

"Even through the province has identified that these could be open, they also made it very clear that they don't have to open at this time. We're still in the process of developing plans and mitigation strategies for those".

Activities and spaces such as disk golf, dog parks, tennis, community gardens, skate parks, mountain biking, horse shoeing, and lawn bowling have all reopened.

"We want to make sure folks remind themselves continually about safe practices that they don't get into groups larger than 15 and keep their 2 metre separation," adds Rathwell.

Mayor Chris Spearman added his thoughts on the relaunch.

"Even as we come out of this pandemic through this recovery process, we have to be prudent, we have to be careful — make sure that we're protecting each other".