The Saskatchewan government has announced that provincial parks will remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky understands residents may want to visit parks with warm weather set for this weekend’s forecast. But Makowsky is urging people to stay at home and continue to practice social distancing.
“We understand many people are eager to get out of the house and spend time outdoors. However, our provincial parks are not where people should be congregating right now,” stated Makowsky in a media release on Friday.
“The health and safety of our visitors and staff is the main priority and we are supporting social distancing by closing these spaces, including visitor reception centres and washroom buildings. We all need to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Park facilities including washrooms, visitor centres, picnic areas, campgrounds and campsites are all closed at this time. The government added that some trails are very narrow and do not provide enough space to maintain a healthy distance when passing park goers.
Anyone needing more information can call 1-800-205-7070 or email Saskatchewan parks with questions.