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Trails, parks re-opened in Norfolk and Haldimand, but for walking only

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Trails and parks have re-opened in Haldimand and Norfolk counties but only for walking.

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“The intent of re-opening trails and parks is to allow local residents enjoy the green spaces in their own communities and get the physical and mental exercise we all need,” Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt said in a media release on May 1.

Those accessing the trails and parks are to follow social distancing guidelines.

“Residents walking or cycling on trails or through parks should remain two metres apart and groups of more than five people remain prohibited. People are not permitted to gather, picnic or congregate in the parks at this time,” said the release.

Some trails may still have closure signs, however, those using the trails and parks won’t be ticketed.

“We’ve all been cooped up inside for a long time, and I know many of us are looking forward to getting some much-needed time outdoors,” said Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp. “Mayor Hewitt and I have heard from many residents who are keen to safely use these areas, so we’re very pleased to be working with our Medical Officer of Health on getting them re-opened for public use.”

Boat launches, piers, playgrounds, pavilions, sporting fields/courts and other outdoor amenities will remain closed due to provincial restrictions.

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