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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Bruce County Closes Trails

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

Decision was made as people have been congregating in areas near trails.

For those looking to get outside for some exercise amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Bruce County trails are now off limits.

The county's Director of Transportation and Environment Services Miguel Pelletier says the county's municipal emergency control group made the decision to close all county trails to limit the risk of close contact between people in public areas.

Pelletier says signage will be posted communicating the trail closures. It's unclear when they will re-open.

Bruce County Manager of Economic Development Jill Roote says there were areas near the trails, including parking lots at access points, where people have been congregating that the county is trying to minimize.

"These decisions are not easy to make," Roote says. "Under the current situation we're in, it's our obligation as government to make these decisions."

In Grey County, the trail system remains open.

Grey County Communications Manager Rob Hatten says the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has not recommended the closure of outdoor trails at this time.

"But, if there comes a point when there are large numbers of people or when trails managers can no longer do necessary inspections to keep trails safe, then we may consider closure," Hatten explains.

As federal and provincial governments, and public health authorities urge everyone to do their part in limiting the spread of COVID-19 by staying home as much as possible, you can still go outside to exercise.

"People can absolutely walk outside as long as they maintain social distance," says Grey Bruce Health Unit media relations coordinator Drew Ferguson. "Exercise is good for mental and physical health."

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