The yellow caution tape is coming down and Kamloops kids can hit the swings in time for summer with the reopening of playgrounds.
Beginning June 1, both the City of Kamloops and Kamloops-Thompson school district are reopening playground structures in municipal parks and at public schools, as part of B.C.’s phased-in reopening plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, access to outdoor fitness equipment — such as that found on McArthur Island — will be permitted.
Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment have been closed to the public since mid-March, in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The city said it has worked with its partners in determining the right time to reopen playgrounds.
The city is asking for families to wait until each park has been reopened by staff prior to using the equipment.
In addition, residents should be aware that the structures will not be cleaned. Precautions should be made by parents and children and residents are asked to follow provincial health guidelines, including washing and sanitizing hands before and after visiting playgrounds, maintaining physical distancing, avoiding gatherings and staying home if sick.
Water parks and gyms have yet to reopen, though the city said updated information on when those facilities will reopen will come soon.