Teens and young adults just lost another couple of places to hang out and burn off energy, due to safety precautions in an effort to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
BMX and skateparks are now on the list of no-go zones in Chatham-Kent. Dr. David Colby, medical officer of health, extended the local list of bans and closures to include those outdoor facilities based on a new provincial decree.
Over the weekend, based on the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government issued a new emergency order, prohibiting organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people. This order does not apply to gatherings of members of a single household.
Organized public events include parades, weddings, all kinds of social gatherings and services of worship.
An exception has been made for funerals which are allowed to take place with up to 10 people in attendance.
“These increased measures are taking place to ensure physical distancing across our community,” said Colby. “Simply put, you should not be within two metres of someone who does not live within your household.”
For a full list of closures, and all other information pertaining to COVID-19 in Chatham-Kent, visit www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19. You can also visit Ontario’s website to learn more about what the province is doing in regard to COVID-19 protection efforts.