The City of Estevan is asking the public to maintain social distancing at parks and other outdoor sites in the community.
In a press release issued Thursday morning, the city said not all park users are respecting the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With parks being a community gathering place, social distancing is critical as all citizens, regardless of their age, are at risk of transmitting COVID-19.
“We understand the impact physical activity has on kids and families, but we need to be very clear to users to respect the social distancing guidelines at all times set out by Health Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan,” said Mayor Roy Ludwig.
Social distancing means:
- Keep a minimum distance of two metres from others when out in the community;
- Avoid non- essential trips in the community;
- Limit or postpone gatherings;
- Keep kids at home and away from group settings;
- Visits to long-term care homes are restricted to immediate family for compassionate reasons; and
- Conduct meetings virtually.
As always, it is essential to use good hand hygiene when out in public spaces.
Park users reminded to practise social distancing
Physical activity is important for the mind and body during these unchartered times, and the city would like to encourage residents to use pathways throughout the city to meet that need.
In addition to providing an opportunity to get some exercise outdoors with the parks, the Estevan Leisure Services division has started offering free online fitness classes, and plans are underway to add family-friendly classes to the existing list. Citizens wishing to join should follow the links on the Estevan Leisure Services Facebook page or on the city’s website or call the information desk to get directions.
The city is also reminding the public that sewer systems are built to handle human waste and toilet paper that is specifically designed to deteriorate quickly. Anything else put down toilets or sinks causes problems that lead to damage, including wipes.
People are asked to follow the three “Ps” only rule. Flush pee, poo and paper (toilet paper).