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Reminder: All parks, playgrounds remain closed

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is reminding residents that all parks and playgrounds are closed as part of the province’s COVID-19 containment strategy.

This includes parks owned by Norfolk and Haldimand counties, as well as private parks found in subdivisions.

The closure also means people should stay out of the walkways and areas around storm water management ponds, which in some communities have become popular gathering places.

“I know it’s getting warmer outside, the sun is shining, and we’re all trying to overcome cabin fever,” says Kristal Chopp, Chair of the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health. “But we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas pedal now. We need to band together as a community, follow the lead of our public health professionals, and stay home except for essential trips to places like the grocery store and for medical appointments.”

The Haldimand-Norfolk Medical Officer of Health has also ordered the closure of local trails and trail systems, in an effort to further the cause of physical distancing.

The Health Unit recommends staying on your own property when outside. Gatherings of five or more people continue to be prohibited by provincial order.

Violations of public health orders can be reported to 519-428-8019.