Coronavirus: Saskatoon closes playgrounds to prevent contact with equipment surfaces

Playgrounds in Saskatoon have been closed as city officials say they continue to reassess COVID-19 developments to ensure the safety and well-being of citizens.

Officials said the measure, effective Wednesday, was taken to prevent people from touching playground equipment surfaces.

It does not affect dog parks, public squares and public areas around civic buildings, but officials are urging caution.

People using dog parks are being reminded by the city to ensure proper social distancing, and officials said health and safety messages will be posted.

Officials said they realize the need for people to get fresh air and exercise, but they are asking everyone to consider individual outings or going outside with just one other person while maintaining appropriate distances.

Sports fields should not be used for any organized sports or play, and games, sports and activities that put people in close contact should be avoided, officials said.

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To date, there have been 72 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in Saskatchewan, with 34 of those cases in Saskatoon.

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