After previously closing Brae Island Regional Park, and Barnston Island Regional Park, Metro Vancouver announced two more regional parks have now been closed.
As of today, Deas Island Regional Park and Boundary Bay Regional Park in the City of Delta are now closed to the public until further notice.
Additionally, the parking lots at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park and the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve will be shut during the long weekend.
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All other Metro Vancouver Regional Parks remain open, although park facilities such as playgrounds, docks, rental facilities and picnic areas are closed.
In a statement, Metro Vancouver said it is asking residents to follow the guidance of the Provincial Health Officer and stay close to home this long weekend.
“Regional parks are important outlets for people to access nature, de-stress and maintain physical and mental health, visitors must do their part to keep themselves and others safe during this critical time,” the statement read. “Metro Vancouver has taken additional measures by increasing staffing and posting over 300 signs to remind people to keep their distance from each other.”
If people want parks to remain open, “we must all do our part, and stay apart.”
To ensure Metro Vancouver Regional Parks remain open, park users are asked to follow these instructions:
- Maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others, including in parking lots and trail entrances;
- Comply with closures of playgrounds, nature play areas and picnic shelters;
- Wash or sanitize hands frequently during the day and upon returning home;
- Dispose of any tissues in designated garbage bins.
- If you are sick, please protect others by staying home.
Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks system consists of 23 regional parks, five greenways, two ecological conservancy areas, and two regional park reserves in communities from Bowen Island to Maple Ridge.