Officials Concerned About Behaviour in Parks

On Monday, municipal parks reopened. However, officials with the City of St. John's are concerned about behaviour that is contrary to the rules put in place to reopen parks that go against current provincial guidelines for Alert Level 4.

“Yesterday, our enforcement staff spoke to many individuals setting up hammocks, holding picnics, using playground equipment and playing frisbee in our municipal parks, all of which are currently prohibited,” explained Mayor Breen.

The public is reminded that city parks are open for walk-though and ride-through only. COVID-19 advisory signage has been posted at entrances and throughout parks and physical barriers have been installed to restrict access to certain park features such as playgrounds. However, staff have noticed individuals crossing over barriers and using these facilities despite the restriction to do so.

“We understand the frustration these restrictions cause and are equally anxious to resume the new normal. We certainly had hoped that opening parks would provide an added activity for individuals and families to enjoy safely while still meeting the guidelines set out by public health officials,” said Mayor Danny Breen.