Nearly 1,900 warnings issued over lack of social distancing at Vancouver parks, beaches

Park rangers in Vancouver issued nearly 1,900 warnings about physical distancing last weekend, following the release a few days earlier of the province’s plan to reopen the economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Groups of up to 20 people were spotted lounging in False Creek’s David Lam Park and Kitsilano Beach on Saturday, despite there being no change to health officials’ directives to keep two metres apart when out in public to slow the spread of the virus.

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As a result, the park board said Monday it will delay plans to reopen parking lots at beaches and parks.

Park board lots were closed on March 23 in a bid to reduce large gatherings of people.

All told, rangers have issued more than 11,000 warnings to groups not complying with physical-distancing rules.

– With files from Simon Little

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