As summer hits and locals start heading outside, some Calgary parks are getting packed with people. But even though shops are reopening, the mayor warns that we're not out of the woods yet. Still, it could be worse — Calgary could be like Toronto.
"I just want to say to Calgarians a sentence that Calgarians don’t need any reminding of: 'Don’t be like Toronto,'" said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi during a press conference on Tuesday, May 26.
"We have a beautiful city that is full of green spaces. There are great opportunities to get together in your own neighbourhood in non-traditional spaces," he continued.
Over Saturday, May 23 10,000 people were reported to have squeezed into a single park in Toronto. And, because the public toilets were closed, several people were ticketed for publically defecating on lawns.
Nenshi wasn't the only official disappointed at the performance — Ontario Premier Doug Ford slammed the crowds and said they should get tested for COVID-19
"My recommendation to anyone at Trinity Bellwoods, why don't you do us all a favour and go get tested now," he said in a conference Monday, May 25.
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The deputy chief of Calgary's Emergency Management Agency, Sue Henry, urged locals to avoid four busy parks in the city — the Eau Claire promenade, Prince’s Island Park, Nose Hill Park and Sue Higgins Park, to be exact.
Peace officers gave out 142 warnings and got 64 calls reporting people not social distancing or in large gatherings, Henry continued.
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As provinces across Canada open up, photos of people flooding beaches and parks popped up across the nation. For example, B.C. beaches looked more like Florida than Canada.
However, aerial photos also show that the perspective of the shot could make beaches look more crowded than they are.
It's tempting to go out with friends while the weather's so nice. If you find that the park is packed tighter than even pre-pandemic days, maybe it's a better idea to find somewhere else to lay down your picnic blanket.