By Tawnya Plain Eagle
Government is encouraging all Albertans to follow public health guidelines and take extra steps to keep themselves and members of their household safe as they head out to provincial parks, cottages and into the public this weekend.
“Albertans are anxious for adventure and a change of scenery, but we must all be mindful and respectful of the current pandemic health recommendations," said Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks.
COVID-19 has altered many routine experiences and opportunities, but that doesn’t mean Albertans can’t have a safe and enjoyable kick-start to the summer.
"If we continue to be vigilant in the face of the pandemic, it will be easier for us to relaunch more of the services and experiences that Albertans enjoy.”
“Alberta's Relaunch Strategy recognizes the importance of the outdoors and recreation for Albertans’ sense of well-being. This long weekend, I am asking Albertans to continue to practise physical distancing and avoid gathering in groups," Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Alberta’s provincial parks are open, but visitors are reminded some facilities remain closed, campfires are not permitted and camping does not open until June 1.
To support the safety of Albertans and enforcement staff, including fish and wildlife officers, conservation officers, public lands officers, forest officers and commercial vehicle officers, sheriffs and RCMP will be out on the roads and landscape to promote and enforce good behaviour through education and awareness. If necessary, they will issue fines for violations.