Police Chief shares how to responsibly celebrate Victoria Day with COVID-19 restrictions

With the long weekend and the warm weather upon us, many people are going to want to try and get outside to enjoy it.

With many COVID-19 restrictions still in place, Regina Police Chief Evan Bray, shared some of the do’s and don’ts for this holiday weekend.

One thing Bray stressed to keep in mind this weekend, is the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. He adds that enforcing that limit, especially with children, is important.

“At the end of the day, it’s tough when the weather is so nice, and we all want to be outside, these are really tough things,” said Bray. “But they’re important conversations, I think, for people to have with their kids.”

Bray says that if you plan on having people over this weekend, plan to have a barbecue or a campfire, to help limit the number of common surfaces people are touching.

Chief Bray also reminded people that, despite some people having removed the tape around them, public playgrounds are still closed. He adds that he knows that parents would normally send their kids to the park on a warm day, now is just not the time.

“That was a decision that the City of Regina made, this is very consistent with parks and playgrounds all over Canada, and the world,” said Bray. “Not used to seeing ‘DO NOT CROSS’ tape on playgrounds, but trying to keep everybody healthy, that’s the best. Hopefully, as we get deeper into the summer, maybe some of that, through the provincial health order, will be relaxed.”

Another big part of the May long weekend is travel to the lake, or the golf course. With fishing season and golf courses now open, Bray says that travelling to these destinations is fine if they are in the province.

“I think that it is fine, just be careful, travel comes with a lot of things,” said Bray. “That’s important because the number of cases in southern Saskatchewan is extremely low, and we’re doing a lot of work to try and keep it that way. Travel is not prohibited, if you’re wanting to move about in the province, just make sure you’re making good, smart, health-wise decisions.”

Bray says that if anyone sees people, who they think are not following the public health guidelines, can contact the Regina Police.

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