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'I implore you to stop': Surrey mayor says penalties coming for those who defy COVID-19-related orders

FILE - Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum (CityNews photo)

City skateparks, city sports courts and all outdoor recreation facilities in Surrey have been closed

Mayor Doug McCallum says penalties are coming for those who continue to gather in large groups or defy other orders

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Surrey has closed all outdoor recreation facilities, with the mayor warning fines and penalties are coming for people who continue to defy orders against gathering in groups.

Mayor Doug McCallum announced the closure of city skateparks, city sports courts and all outdoor recreation facilities Monday.

The mayor said while most are behaving responsibly, this move is necessary becasue of the few who are not.

“The time has long passed to be cavalier about COVID-19. As we hear daily, the gravity of the situation is severe. No one has a cloak of invincibility against the virus,” reads a statement.

“To the few who are defying the Provincial Health Officer’s orders, advice and measures, I implore you to stop. Carrying on with this kind of behavior is selfish, and you are risking the health and well-being of your family, friends, and everyone in our community.”

Beaches and parks remain open, but the mayor says guidelines on social distancing must be followed.

“We are in the process of finalizing enforcement measures and penalties for those who continue to defy the orders and measures,” the statement said.

No date for a council meeting or announcement on these measures has been set.

Playgrounds, libraries, community centres and pools were previously shut down by the city.