Local Government Owned Beaches

Question:

 

Local government owned beaches?

 

Answer:

Outdoor activities, including the use of local government-owned beaches, are permitted by the Mandatory Order COVID-19 as long as the ability to use them is in a location and manner that ensures you can maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from others. All are reminded to observe the directives and advice contained in the Order and provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

 

For further clarification:

 

In determining if a local government-owned beach should be opened to the public, paragraph 10 advises that the responsibility of the owners and occupiers of any building or land on which persons may gather will take all reasonable steps to prevent gatherings and to prevent persons who do not reside together from coming within 2 metres of each other.

For greater clarity, the following measures might help operators to meet the requirements of the Order. This is not a conclusive list.

  • Post signage at entrances clarifying that individuals are to maintain a distance of 2 metres, that gatherings are not permitted, and that a person must not enter the premises if they exhibit symptoms or have travelled outside New Brunswick in the previous 14 days;
  • Take steps to minimize, and where possible, eliminate the potential for individuals to interact within 2 m of each other, such as through physical spacing or temporary barriers;
  • Ensure on a continuous basis the availability of hand washing stations (providing either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
  • Ensure on a continuous basis the availability of cleaning and disinfection supplies and that owners/managers clean and disinfect all frequently touched objects and surfaces, including communal amenities (e.g. keypads, change dispensers, vacuums, restrooms, gates, door handles, waste disposal units, etc.).

In the event that the owners or occupiers of any land feel that they cannot ensure compliance to paragraph 10, they must take steps to prevent access.

Please keep in mind that numerous activities typically available in parks are not permitted under paragraph 5 of Order. These include the use of swimming pools, waterparks, and playgrounds with playground equipment.

For more resources to help keep your community safe, please visit www.gnb.ca/coronavirus.