The City of Colwood is taking steps toward the temporary closure of parking areas adjacent to Esquimalt Lagoon Beach, Royal Beach and City parks to limit gatherings and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This will include the temporary closure of Ocean Boulevard between Fort Rodd Hill and Lagoon Road beginning Wednesday, March 25, 2020 until further notice.
Beaches and parks remain available for public use. Closing parking is intended to limit large crowds.
This is a critical step in reinforcing the Provincial Order to maintain social distance of 2 metres.
Yesterday, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reiterated the importance of staying apart from others while staying healthy by walking, cycling or exercising within your own neighbourhood, on your own or with immediate family.
Mayor Rob Martin urges residents to follow health orders. "We can be the heroes in this battle by taking the one simple action of staying home. That small sacrifice will give us the best chance of beating this outbreak," said Mayor Rob Martin. "I'm proud to live in a community where people care about each other and I know we will all do the right thing to protect each other."
On Friday, the City closed play structures, picnic facilities and water fountains. Yesterday, West Shore Parks & Recreation closed their outdoor fields. Today staff are preparing for these additional closures.
We appreciate the public's cooperation with closures as we do all we can to balance the need to stay healthy and connected with the imperative to keep our distance at this time.
The City welcomes input and suggestions with respect to limiting gatherings in Colwood. Please use the Colwood Action Request form at www.colwood.ca/ActionRequest.
Stay healthy and stay connected, while staying apart.
Sandra Russell, Communications Manager
City of Colwood