KINGSVILLE CLOSES PLAYGROUNDS AS ADDITIONAL MEASURE TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Posted On Thursday March 26, 2020

The Town of Kingsville is expanding its local measures to further encourage social/physical distancing to reduce opportunities for the spread of COVID-19 through its local parks. The Town had previously posted signs near playground entrances, the skatepark, and the leash-free dog park, and now as part of the Town’s continued efforts to provide for safety, it is confirming new measures for distancing through the closure of all playgrounds. These new measures will remain in effect until further notice and are directly related to the advice and recommendations from public health agencies. 

“This is directly in keeping with our overall challenge to protect our community by continuing to take measures that result in reduced exposure to this virus. We have the support of our public health unit in taking measures to strengthen the importance of social/physical distancing,” said Kingsville Mayor Nelson Santos. “These extraordinary times are calling on us to take some extreme measures and the closing of these popular playspaces and playground equipment has become necessary. We must all take note and recognize that every individual action counts and can make a difference. Stay home, spend time in your backyards, and yes go for walks, but please avoid touching surfaces and being in groups of people.”

The measures being taken are as follows:

  • Fencing will be placed around the Kingsville skate park to go along with the signage
  • All swings will be taken out of service and caution tape will be wrapped around playgrounds and signed
  • Outdoor washrooms will remain closed until further notice

This work will be undertaken by municipal staff by midnight Thursday, March 26, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice. Residents are requested to avoid congregating in groups, keep a physical distance from others, wash your hands and stay home unless it is absolutely necessary.

In the interim, the municipality is closely monitoring its leash-free dog park and its activity. In an effort to maintain its operation in the short-term, users are asked to not congregate on the grounds and to keep numbers within each of the dog sections to less than 5 (five) people each and maintain your personal space.

Kingsville closed all public-facing offices as of Wednesday, March 18. This included the Town Hall, Municipal Arena, Carnegie Visitors’ Centre and the South Station Fire Hall offices. Work continues in the offices with service provided by phone, e-mail and drop-box. Phones continue to be answered during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and online service requests remain available at all times. For changes in services, we encourage citizens to monitor our website and social media feeds.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Health Canada; and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Kingsville news and events is available at www.kingsville.ca, and Facebook (Town of Kingsville).