The Vancouver Park Board is stepping up its campaign to promote physical distancing during the novel coronavirus pandemic, as people continue to gather in large groups in the city’s parks and beaches.
The “Champions” program will see roughly 25 park board staff dressed in bright neon green vests spread across some of Vancouver’s busiest outdoor spaces, including the Seawall and Stanley Park.
The program, which launched Saturday, is meant to be a further reminder for people to keep their distance while promoting the use of outdoor spaces in a responsible manner, as people self-isolate to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The park board says rangers have already issued over 1,400 warnings to people who have been violating physical distancing orders. Bromley said those people have been largely cooperative after being informed of the rules.
“By and large people will say, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot, thank you very much’ and they comply with that,” he said.
“They’re not being malicious, they’re just following old habits.”
The “champions” will assist park rangers in spreading education, rather than enforcement, he said.
Vancouver has approved the issuing of fines up to $1,000 for individuals caught breaking public health orders. Businesses that fail to promote physical distancing can be fined up to $50,000.
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