Despite already weathering a few weeks of staying at home, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic will not be over soon. This week the Mayor announced an extension of the closures to city facilities until June 30. We have also seen the implementation of strict enforcement measures which includes giving fines to those who use parks for purposes other than walking, cycling or running through.
Frankly I find it incredibly difficult to be pass on these new strict measures. Today we are seeing the closure of the Britannia Park parking lot. This action is meant to discourage residents from using the park as a destination and encourage them to stay in their local communities. I could not have imagined that the day would come where the City had to put in such measures. It seemed sad enough to tell everyone that Britannia Beach was closing for one summer season. That seems minor compared to the restrictions we need to do today to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.
I want to thank everyone for their cooperation in these difficult times. I also thank you for understanding that these measures affect some more than others. I am in constant contact with the City’s Human Needs task force to help those who are most vulnerable and in need. Food security is a major concern for many.
All these measures are for the common good as we work together to flatten the curve. Beyond the restrictions on parks, I am truly concerned for those who have lost their sources of income and for those essential workers who are risking their lives to keep us all safe.
Please continue to reach out to others who may be vulnerable and need help. Donate if you can to the Food Bank and other local charities as the numbers of those who need assistance grows. Keep your spirits up and count whatever blessings you may have.
I want to wish those who celebrate a Happy Easter and peaceful Passover at home.