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Regional parks closed due to COVID-19

Three regional parks with overnight camping facilities, as well as one community park, are being closed this week until further notice, the Peace River Regional District says..
Blackfoot park
A dog looks out at Blackfoot park from a cliff on the north side of the Peace River near Clayhurst.

Three regional parks with overnight camping facilities, as well as one community park, are being closed this week until further notice, the Peace River Regional District says..

The closures include Blackfoot Regional Park, Minaker Regional Park, and Montney Centennial Regional Park, as well asĀ Iver Johnson Community Park.

"This was a difficult decision, but a necessary one as we all need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve," the Regional District said in a statement. "Open camping facilities make it challenging to maintain safe physical distancing as well as may encourage travelling from both inside and outside the region."

The Sundance and Spencer Tuck day-use parks remain open, and visitors are asked to keep at least 2 metres from others, and to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.

All provincial parks in B.C. are closed until May 31.

"The PRRD will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to opening overnight camping facilities once it is safe to do so."

List of closures:

Iver Johnson Community Park - April 21, 2020

Blackfoot Regional Park - April 22, 2020

Minaker River Regional Park - April 22, 2020

Montney Centennial Regional Park - April 24, 2020

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.