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Westlock opens outdoor spaces

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Five people were already out at the Westlock Action Sports Park by 6 p.m. on Friday, only a couple of hours after the Town of Westlock announced it had reopened its outdoor facilities. Andreea Resmerita/Westlock News

WESTLOCK - The Town of Westlock gave the official OK to spend more active time outside when it opened ball diamonds, tennis courts, playgrounds and the Action Sports Park on Friday.

Although restrictions are in place, town officials say it was the right time to give access to the outdoors.

“We felt that the risk level was to the satisfaction of the group, that with what we’ve seen in Westlock, we were OK with opening them,” said CAO Simone Wiley.

Parks will only remain open only if people respect the rules in place: maintaining a two-metre distance between each other, and no more than 15 people in any park at once.

“There’s also an onus on the public as well. If people are going to use the outdoor equipment, they should use the risk mitigation measures, wash their hands,” said Wiley.

These areas will be monitored.

“I have also reached out to the RCMP to let them know that we were opening and request their assistance in monitoring situations as they’re going through town on their regular patrol, just so we can keep an eye on things as well.”

Indoor facilities won’t open until Phase 3 of the provincial reopening strategy. There’s no indication when that might be, since it’s dependent on coronavirus statistics moving forward through the previous phases.

For more on what Town and Country municipalities are doing during reopening, see the May 19 edition of Town and Country This Week.

Andreea Resmerita,
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