Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is encouraging municipalities to re-open playgrounds, parks and other outdoor recreational facilities, but Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said he’d like to see a coordinated approach between cities on how this is done.
VCH sent a letter to municipalities within its health region last week to point out these recreational facilities haven’t been ordered shut by the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.
Dr. Meena Dawar, medical health officer for Richmond, pointed out at Monday’s Richmond COVID-19 Community Task Force, that transmission in outdoor spaces is rare.
“So, we do think it’s time to think ahead … of how they can be safely operated without increasing the risk of transmission,” Dawar said.
Brodie said there is no question about the accuracy of the letter, but he said there’s a need for “very heavy” coordination between the municipalities and other authorities, including provincial and federal authorities, “so everyone has the same information and everyone is taking the relatively same approach.”