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Cities in Canada are closing down more things because people aren't social distancing

Health officials may be urging Canadians to practice social distancing, but many Canadians are blatantly ignoring expert advice — and cities are starting to close public spaces in response.

On Monday, COVID-19 cases soared to more than 2,000 in Canada.

Part of the reason for the jump? Canadians clambering outdoors in large groups to enjoy the good weather, increasing the rate of the virus's transmission.

In response, Canadian cities are cracking down on public gatherings by closing or altering public spaces such as beaches, playgrounds and parks.

Vancouver responded to the recent surge of weekend beach-goers by removing all logs from public beaches on Sunday in an attempt to discourage social gatherings.

The city also closed down all playgrounds.

Similarly, following a weekend of unusually sunny weather that had many families rushing to their local park, Calgary closed more than 1,000 playgrounds.

On Monday, Calgary Emergency Management Agency chief Tom Sampson had stern words for Canadians not practicing social distancing.

He said, "To those of you who defy the advice that every level of government has given, and every news channel in the world, frankly, has covered: you are a danger. I mean that. You’re a danger."

On Monday, Ontario announced that it will shut down all non-essential services across the province, effective Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

Although most Ontario public spaces are expected to stay open, Conservation Halton was forced to shut its parks after experiencing a surge of visitors "gathering in large groups that made it difficult for others to practice social distancing."

Premier of Ontario Doug Ford expressed his frustration over Canadians that continue to gather in groups, saying, "Go out by yourself. Go out with one other person."

"Practice social distancing. I just can't stress this enough."

On a federal level, Canada has already closed all National Parks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

On Monday evening, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent out a plea to Canadians. "Stay home," he said. "Now is not the time to be hanging out in parks with friends and hosting dinner parties."

"If we all step up and do the right thing, we will get through this together."

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez

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