The City of Fort St. John says its tennis courts are open and available for use, so long as users follow the same recommendations from provincial health officers that apply to the city’s trails and parks. As for its baseball diamonds and soccer fields, they are still too wet to use for now but will be open for use when things dry up, providing recommendations and regulations stay the same.
This means not playing softball or soccer in groups, and maintaining at least two metres of distance between people who don’t live in the same household as yourself.
“It’s important to keep these facilities open so people can get out and do things,” said city Communications Co-ordinator Ryan Harvey. “It’s important that people aren’t gathering in groups, but a father and son playing catch or a family playing soccer is acceptable and something we encourage people to get out and do.”
As we get closer to summer, Harvey said a decision will be made as to keeping the courts and diamonds open long term. For now, it’s wait and see whether or not regular slow pitch, baseball, and soccer leagues will be able to take place in some form.
City parks, walking trails, dog parks, and the skate park are still open and have been getting lots of use.
“These places have been getting a lot of use, but for the most part, people are maintaining physical distancing measures, and moving around each other on trails,” Harvey said. “It’s important to get out there and enjoy the spring, even if it’s a late one.”
Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment are still not recommended for use, as they can’t be regularly cleaned.
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