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New restrictions could be coming for beaches, parks: Hinshaw

Last Updated Jul 17, 2020 at 8:25 am MST

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing daily COVID-19 update on May 14, 2020. (Photo taken from CityNews livestream)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) –  Alberta’s top doctor is hinting new public health guidelines are on the way for parks and public beaches.

Communities like Chestermere, Sylvan Lake, and Alberta Beach are asking for help trying to contain huge crowds.Right now, there are no rules limiting the number of people on a public beach.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says she’s concerned with the lack of physical distancing in those places.

“Wherever you go this weekend, whether it’s the beach, a hiking trail, or an activity indoors, please stay two metres apart from others,” said Hinshaw in Thursday’s daily COVID-19 update.

On top of that, Hinshaw is concerned about the way staff in these areas are being treated when they try to ensure people are being safe.

“I have heard reports that over last weekend, in several provincial parks, these park staff were subjected to verbal abuse and aggressive behaviours at places like Gull lake, Kananaskis and Wabamun when they did their job to enforce public safety measures,” she said.

Hinshaw adds the province is preparing a document that will give more specific details about what’s expected from beach-goers.