COVID-19: Vancouver Park Board reopens pitch and putt golf courses

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      Although we’re still in a pandemic, Vancouver is continuing its progress in lifting restrictions as case counts decrease.

      The park board previously reopened Fraserview and McCleery golf courses on May 1, with the Langara golf course following suit on May 15.

      The Vancouver Park Board announced today (June 8) that pitch and putts, which were closed due to the pandemic, are reopening at Queen Elizabeth, Stanley, and Rupert parks at 8 a.m. tomorrow (June 9) and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

      However, there are health precautions in place.

      New signage indicates physical distancing while lining up, a waiting area (after paying fees) has been designated, a maximum of 18 groups will allowed on the course at a time, one group of golfers will be allowed at a hole at a time, and golfers must exit immediately after finishing a round.

      Unfortunately, equipment rentals won’t be available.

      The park board has been progressively reopening outdoor recreation spaces, including tennis and pickleball courts, skate parks, sports fields, basketball and volleyball courts, disc golf, roller hockey, and playgrounds.

      In addition, VanDusen Botanical Garden and parking lots of beaches and parks (with the exception of Stanley Park and English Bay) have also been reopened, and logs have been reintroduced to beaches.

      Parking enforcement, which had been temporarily suspended on March 30 during the pandemic, was reintroduced citywide on April 30 and will continue to increase.

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