(Beacon Hill Park / Victoria)

Victoria and Esquimalt have joined other latest Greater Victoria municipalities in temporarily closing access to all public playgrounds in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

While all parks will remain open, public playgrounds at those located at recreation centres in Victoria and Esquimalt will be closed – effective immediately.

The City of Victoria announced in a tweet this afternoon, “We are closing #yyj playgrounds to help stop the spread of COVID19 in our community.”

Earlier today, the Township of Sidney as well as City of Saanich announced a similar measure to shut down playgrounds in their municipalities, taking the additional step to also close several public facilities.

While playgrounds may have closed, BC Parks is reminding the public that parks are a still great place for people in province to get out and enjoy nature.

Although people are encouraged to continue to enjoy the local parks and natural areas, they are asked to do so while also maintaining appropriate social distance from others – two meters or six feet.

See all the latest updates about the global COVID-19 pandemic on Vancouver Island