Local residents want White Rock Pier closed to help prevent coronavirus spread

Mar 22 2020, 11:57 am

There are calls from White Rock residents through an online petition to have the city’s iconic pier temporarily closed after crowds were spotted on the waterfront promenade area and pier during the past week of sunny weather.

The petition is calling on the municipal government to close the parking lots, the pier, and waterfront businesses along Marine Drive “before it’s too late.”

“During this incredibly critical time social distancing is not being taken seriously and is blatantly being ignored along the waterfront on a Marine Drive,” reads the petition.

“For the safety of our everyone in our community, we, the Citizens of White Rock demand immediate action be taken by city officials.”

Recent photos posted onto social media in and around the White Rock waterfront area also show an absence of social distancing.

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve visited White Rock. Public art down by the newly-repaired White Rock Pier, Coastal Cradle. Nice and shiny!

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So far, the City of White Rock has closed all of its publicly operated buildings and four playgrounds to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, the city’s policy allows public parks to remain open, provided that people practice safe social distancing — a distance from others of at least two metres or six feet.

Municipal governments across the region have been taking action in recent days. The newest policy change, made this morning, was by the Vancouver Park Board, which closed all of its outdoor recreation facilities at city beaches and public parks.

While parks and beaches will remain open, the municipal government has closed its sports fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and skate parks.