City of Kitchener welcomes public back on playgrounds beginning July 17

Posted On Thursday July 16, 2020

In line with the Province’s stage three reopening, the City of Kitchener is welcoming the public back on playgrounds and play structures beginning Friday, July 17. 

Waterloo Region is included in the list of Ontario regions permitted to enter stage three beginning Friday.

“Playgrounds encourage healthy communities. We’re thrilled to reopen these well-used amenities for our community,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “It has been an unusual summer for children not being able to use their neighbourhood playgrounds. This reopening will hopefully offer them a greater sense of normalcy.”

Playground users are asked to physical distance with people who aren’t from the same household or social circle while using the playground. Your social circle is ten people you can interact and come into close contact with, hug and touch, and part of your daily and weekly routines.

“We all have a part to play to ensure the safest experience possible for our community using playgrounds,” said Ward 5 Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock. “Members of our community have been patiently waiting for these amenities to reopen, and we are excited they’re able to enjoy them again. If we continue to follow health and safety guidelines, we all can help to ensure they can stay open for good.”

Parents or guardians are asked to ensure children follow good personal hygiene when using playgrounds. Playground structures are not cleaned or sanitized by staff, and users are encouraged to avoid touching their face until they’re able to clean their hands.

Residents are encouraged to bring wipes and sanitizer to clean hands after play, before eating or drinking, and are encouraged to wash hands with soap and water when they return home. Dispose of cleaning wipes in the designated receptacles on site.

“This is an exciting time for Kitchener,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “Stage three marks the resumption of even more things we love about our city. It’s up to everyone to experience our new normal safely.”

To stay up to date on the City’s response to COVID-19, visit www.kitchener.ca/COVID19 

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For more information:

Shawn Falcao

Manager, Corporate Communications and Marketing

shawn.falcao@kitchener.ca

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