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Saanich has joined Oak Bay and Sidney in announcing that playgrounds are reopening this week.

The District of Saanich announced on Monday that all 56 of their playgrounds will reopen by Wednesday, June 10.

“We are very happy to reopen our playground facilities just in time for summer,” said Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes, going on to thank the community for their patience during the closure.

In Saanich, playgrounds have been closed since March 20. Exactly two months later, on May 20, the municipality reopened sports courts (tennis, basketball, and pickleball) and the Lambrick Skate Park.

“We do need to ask that families using the playgrounds continue to follow recommendations from the provincial health officer,” adds Haynes in his statement.

New signage will be installed at all playgrounds reminding everyone to follow these guidelines:

  • practice safe physical distancing;
  • wash your hands before and after using the play area;
  • come back later if the area seems too busy;
  • limit your time if others are waiting; and
  • stay home if you feel sick.

Public washrooms remain open with more frequent cleaning protocols in place, but portable toilets will not yet be reinstalled.