Most provincial parks reopened on Thursday, more than a month after B.C. shut down the provincial park system due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Washrooms, beaches, boat launches, picnic areas and some trails are open for day use at selected parks.
As parks reopened, a lineup of visitors was seen forming outside of Golden Ears Park Thursday.
The province is asking visitors to use parks close to home, continue to physically distance and bring their own hand sanitizer. Sanitization of high-touch areas and bathrooms will be stepped up.
“We have a crowd control plan in place, making sure people know that they need to physically distance,” Environment Minister George Heyman said, adding that staff will monitor day-use parking lots to get a sense of whether or not the park is at a reasonable capacity.
A full list of open parks can be found on the BC Parks website.
— With files from Simon Little and the Canadian PressView link »