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Clarington closes all playground equipment and play structures as a result of COVID-19

Clarington March 20, 2020/- The Municipality of Clarington is closing all playground equipment and structures effective immediately. This decision was made based on evidence from the World Health Organization, which states that “…the novel coronavirus may remain on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on several conditions, including type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment.”

“We did not make this decision lightly; it is the right thing to do to try and protect our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster. “I would implore all parents to speak to your kids and tell them not to play on the play structures. These are high-touch surfaces and cannot be sanitized after each use. Residents can still enjoy the fresh air and go for a walk as long as they practice social distancing,” added Mayor Foster.

Earlier this week, Clarington Fire Chief Gord Weir issued a ban on Open Air Burning in the Municipality. Residents will not receive any new fire permits, and will not be able to renew existing permits until further notice.

Clarington has also closed all its facilities to the public. But the Municipality continues to provide some services. Residents can stay connected with the Municipality on social media and on Clarington’s dedicated page for all information and updates during this situation, www.clarington.net/COVID-19.

“I want to be clear that while we cannot enforce these closures, we need to rely on residents to be responsible and understanding in these unique circumstances. Over the past week, we have made some unprecedented decisions as we continue to adapt and respond almost daily to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19. Please be safe and take care of one another,” said Mayor Foster.

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