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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for March 20, 2020

Date

For Immediate Release

Ensuring the health and safety of Langley City residents and staff

Langley City, BC – The City of Langley will close all public playgrounds, including the parkour course in Penzer Park, today by 4:30 pm (Friday, March 20) until further notice to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize the exposure of COVID-19.

“We decided to close all public playgrounds in response to public concerns that some playground users are not practicing social distancing as directed by B.C’s Provincial Health Officer,” said Mayor Val van den Broek. “We all have a role to play, and out of extreme caution, we are taking this step to protect the health and safety of our residents.”

The closure affects only playgrounds that are in City-owned parks. Public parks, trails, tennis courts, sports fields, and sports courts remain open. Park users are being asked to follow safety measures as directed by local health authorities, including:

  • Regularly wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand-washing is not available.
  • Maintain social distance (at least 1-2 metres apart from others).
  • Avoid gathering in groups.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth and nose with your hands; Masks are not recommended as protection since they may cause you to touch your face more often, which may be worse than not wearing a mask.
  • Covering mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing
  • Discarding tissues into a waste container.
  • Not attending public parks, facilities, events or gatherings if you are unwell and stay home when you are sick.

Residents are also encouraged to reinforce the importance of social distancing with their children.

This is the latest proactive action Langley City has taken to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The city closed all civic facilities to the public Wednesday and cancelled many upcoming events to ensure the safety of residents.

For the most up-to-date information, residents are encouraged to visit the municipal website regularly at langleycity.ca or follow Langley City on social media (Facebook and Twitter) for City updates.

For more information on COVID-19, including updates, answers to frequently asked questions, and translated information, please consult the following resources:

 

Fraser Health Authority – www.fraserhealth.ca
B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) – www.bccdc.ca
Non-medical information – 1-888-COVID19 (1-888-268-4319)
Medical information – 8-1-1 
Public Health Agency of Canada – www.Canada.ca/en/public-health

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Media Inquiries:
Samantha Paulson
Communications Officer
City of Langley
604.514.2823
spaulson@langleycity.ca