Park People needs your help to make parks and communities safe

April 6, 2020

Jodi Lastman

For ten years, Park People has stood for the vital role parks play in fostering human connections. Today, we are asking for something that is dramatically out of step with that message but still serves our higher mission of supporting quality of life in our cities.

If we are to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and prevent the loss of loved ones and community members, we need to ask you to ACT NOW to stop the spread of COVID-19 by:

  1. Staying home as much as possible
  2. Practicing social distancing – staying more than 2 metres apart from other people in parks and public spaces
  3. Avoiding crowded places
  4. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are ill, remaining isolated

As our community, we are asking for your help by strictly following these guidelines and sharing this message in your own communities. 

We want our city parks to remain open to provide respite in these difficult times, but only if they are being used responsibly. If through our behaviours, our city parks contribute to the spread of infection, we have no choice but to support them being closed to the public.

Please join Park People in sharing the country’s chief public health officer’s warnings about safe and unsafe behaviour at this critical and unprecedented time. 


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