Under the BC restart plan, the City of White Rock decided earlier this week to reopen its popular promenade and half of the overall parking on the waterfront.
The reopening of the promenade this week is intended to provide pedestrians with more space to practice physical distancing. But fencing will remain to allow the city to close access if physical distancing is not being followed.
While the promenade will reopen, the White Rock Pier will remain closed.
There will also be changes to pay parking, increased to three hours from two hours, and reserved, four-hour parking for residents with yellow decals from 2019 to 2020 will continue.
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Both of these promenade reopening and parking measures are intended not just for health safety, but to help support the waterfront restaurants and shops.
“As our leaders say, the reopening in BC’s Restart Plan is like a dimmer switch instead of an on-off switch. White Rock is treating our reopening the same way. We need to ensure the safety of visitors and residents so we can continue to bend the curve of the spread of COVID-19 and keep our businesses open in the long term,” said Mayor Darryl Walker in a statement.
“When you come to White Rock to enjoy the promenade, please buy some items, enjoy some food, visit a salon, and help our businesses with a great restart. While you do, please keep a safe, physical distance from each other, follow the rules for stopping the spread of the virus, and be kind and patient with one another. We are all in this together and we will get through this together.”