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COVID-19 RESPONSE CONTINUES WITH PARK AMENITIES AND PARKING LOT CLOSURES

HALTON HILLS, ON – As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 impact, the Town of Halton Hills is erecting snow fencing around some park amenities and barricading park entrance lots. Larger signage prohibiting usage will also be installed. The move comes as people continue to congregate and access amenities that support the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Despite the measures, park open spaces and trails remain open for responsible use by area residents to support the mental and physical benefits of walking. “These new measures are being put in place to further safeguard the community," said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “I hope that the fencing, enhanced signage and barricades serve as a visual reminder to people that they need to adhere to the prescribed policies and practices so collectively we can flatten the curve!” In the first phase of barrier installation, skateboard parks and higher use playgrounds, will receive snow fencing; gazebos, basketball and multi-use courts will be fenced as needed if improper use persists. Staff conduct daily site checks and if needed, taped off areas will be replaced with snow fencing. Town by-law enforcement staff have been receiving complaints about residents congregating in parking lots and holding tailgate parties. Chief Administrative Officer Brent Marshall thinks there might be confusion around what is permitted. “There is a difference between social distancing (staying 6’ apart) and social gatherings which are permitted for up to 5 people and only more if they are members of the same household," he said. “Please know that we still want to encourage use of the open spaces but only to area residents; parks are no longer places of destination. Stay home as much as possible and enjoy the use of local parks for taking walks.” It was noted that residents approached by enforcement staff have been compliant. More information on the Town’s response to COVID-19 can be found on haltonhills.ca/covid19.




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