Chatham-Kent To Issue Directive On Playgrounds


Photo submitted by Amanda Godreau on Facebook.

A photo of Chatham’s Kingston Park went viral overnight, showing children and parents occupying the playground and paying zero attention to social distancing recommendations.

Today, Chatham-Kent municipal officials met to discuss the matter.

Jeff Bray, Manager of Parks and Open Spaces says C-K is looking at measures already taken in near-by communities.

“Staff are concerned about this for obvious reasons,” says Bray. “We will be issuing a directive hopefully within the next 24 hours.”

Surrounding communities, including Lakeshore and Amherstburg, have also fenced and taped off municipally-owned playgrounds.

“As it gets warmer, we are asking that residents maintain social distance,” adds Bray. “We’ve looked at what other municipalities have done. We’re coming up with something that is good for our community and to keep them safe.”

The Lambton-Kent District School Board has also shut down school playgrounds across the area.