Apr 03, 2020

Ladysmith residents must physically distance on trails, not gather in parking lots

Staying healthy and breathing in fresh air by participating in activities that promote safe physical distancing is important to both the mental and physical well-being of all Ladysmith residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When leaving home, all community members must continue obey the Provincial Health Officer’s orders to stay two metres from others at all times and not gather in groups.  

For the second weekend in a row, the parking lots at Transfer Beach Park will be closed as of Friday morning (April 3) because the Town cannot guarantee that the health orders are being followed when individuals are gathering in one place.

We understand that Ladysmith's waterfront is a popular place for the public to take in scenic views of the harbour, and access amenities such as the off-leash dog park.

However, gathering in groups is not recommended at this time as we are all being asked to fulfill a civic duty to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The public is also advised that many of Ladysmith's 26 km of trails are single-track paths which are narrow and make physical distancing a challenge when passing other individuals or families.  

We advise you to stay away from narrow trails, such as the south side of Holland Creek Trail, where you cannot guarantee physical distancing when passing other hikers.

We would like to thank residents who are continuing to obey the orders and implement the best practices as recommended by public health agencies, as well as BC's Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, for helping to limit the spread of COVID-19.  

By staying at home, self-isolating, washing your hands regularly before and after leaving the home for essentials, and physically distancing from others, you are making a difference in protecting the health of our community.

For the latest information on COVID-19, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions and contacts for Town staff please see www.ladysmith.ca/covid-19