Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) announced March 27 it would be closing all school playgrounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This includes, Sherwood Park, Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont, Mundare, Andrew, Bruderheim and Vegreville.
Signs will be posted at each playground area stating it is closed to the public and EIPS asks residents to avoid the equipment entirely.
This step was taken because it is not possible for the division to monitor social gatherings, or clean and sanitize outdoor equipment in a way that would guarantee the transmission of the virus.
This step by EIPS is in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.