Beachgoers happy with Chestermere Parks’ tougher COVID restrictions

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Juan Sanchez was visiting the beach with his friends and said security measures kept crowds to a minimum over the weekend.

“It is a necessary precaution to regulate the number of people who can access the beach. This keeps the number of people fairly stable rather than having a free-for-all with everyone coming from anywhere. I think anything that will reduce the number of COVID-19 we can do and it should be implemented, ”Sanchez said.

Esa Hobbs and Kiara Ker play rugby on the beach at Anniversary Park near Lake Chestermere. /Brendan Miller / Postmedia

Esa Hobbs was visiting Anniversary Park Beach in Calgary on Saturday afternoon. She said she felt quite comfortable being at the beach with the safety guidelines in place, as she never needed to be within two meters of people outside of her cohort.

“There are fewer people on the actual beach and it is possible to space out more while still having good access to the lake,” Hobbs said.

She said the gate system made it so that there wasn’t so much contact with people that they found a place to sit on the beach.

Earlier this week, Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers said the folks at Postmedia should have a back-up plan for their day in case they get to a line at the beach.

“COVID-19 could end the fun of summer pretty quickly. Together, by showing respect, respecting the new occupancy limits and practicing strong hygiene, we can all contribute to a fun and safe summer by the lake, ”said Mr. Chalmers.

AHS did not release updated figures on the state of COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, but on Friday an additional 111 cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to more than 10,000. Among these , 1,341 are active, 8,567 are recovered and 178 have died.

More than half of the active cases in the province are in the Calgary area, totaling 703.

According to the latest report, the province has 95 new coronavirus patients in hospital, 19 of whom are in intensive care – near the highest number of admissions since the start of the pandemic.

On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, posted on Twitter that simple measures can save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19. She encouraged Albertans to go the extra mile to protect their neighbors this weekend.

“We are all tired of COVID-19 but the virus does not care. We have to learn to live with it. It means learning how to reduce risk while having a barbecue or visiting our cohort. This means that we have to minimize the risk of contracting the virus and the risk of passing it on to others, ”Hinshaw wrote.

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