Some Alberta Parks facilities closing due to coronavirus pandemic

Mar 13 2020, 4:59 pm

Four Alberta Parks facilities are facing either closures or temporary access restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a release from the Province of Alberta, the closures and access restrictions are being implemented to minimize the risk and spread of coronavirus.

“Given recent recommendations from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, we feel it is in the best interest of prospective visitors, staff and volunteers to implement temporary facility access restrictions at some Alberta Parks sites,” said Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon, in the release.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and encourage everyone to follow the guidelines found at alberta.ca/COVID19.”

Bow Habitat Station is temporarily closed as of March 13, and while the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery will remain operational, public tours have been suspended.

March 13 also sees restricted access to the day lodge at the Canmore Nordic Centre, as well as restricted access to the main lodge at William Watson Lodge.

As of March 14, the Cypress Hills Provincial Park ski hill will be closed for the season.

“Alberta Parks will continue to assess all facilities and events against Alberta Health Services guidelines,” the release states.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.