Vancouver Park Board introduces new program to limit spread of COVID-19

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) - In case you've forgotten about the importance of physical distancing, the Vancouver Park Board is trying to help you remember.

During a press conference Saturday morning, park board general manager Malcolm Bromley says the board is rolling out a program called, "The Park Board Champions'.

"Their aim will be to make residents aware of the physical distancing directives and to provide education about public etiquette and the courteous use of shared outdoor spaces," a release reads.

Bromley says as of Saturday morning, park rangers have handed out more than 1,400 warnings to people not following the rules.

"Champions will not be focused on enforcement, but they'll be deployed throughout busiest locations to provide an additional layer of public education."

Bromley also says the city's beaches and parks will continue to remain open.

"We recognize the important role that our outdoor spaces play in people's overall health and wellness, particularly mental health at this very stressful time," he says.

"But our spaces must be used responsibly, and most important things that the community can do right now is to adhere to the provincial Health Officers directives on staying two metres apart, minimum."