Langfird bylaw enforcement is ramping up education on physical distancing as hot weather draws crowds to lakes and parks. In this photo taken Tuesday, the crowds appear smaller and more socially distanced than those photographeed Monday and sent to the city’s mayor and council. (Dawn Gibson/News Staff)

Photos of crowded Langford beach spark COVID-19 concerns

Bylaw officers to offer physical distancing reminders as parks fill up for summer

Langford bylaw officers will ramp up education about physical distancing after the city received images of crowded lakes and beaches.

Those crowds are a cause for concern, says Coun. Lillian Szpak, especially as the region sees a small but sudden uptick in coronavirus cases.

“We want to keep our beaches open and we want to keep our parks open, so we’re asking people to please be safe, please stay in your family bubble or the small group bubble you have,” she said.

Cool lakes may be more enticing in the late July heat, but B.C. officials are warning the public to keep their distance as COVID-19 cases grow across the province and Vancouver Island.

READ ALSO: Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

B.C. recorded 30 additional cases of COVID-19 on July 21, continuing a trend of higher infection related to summer activities.

Resident Bill Benbow took photos of crowds at Langford Lake on Monday and sent them to the City of Langford, voicing his concerns about the lack pf physical distancing and calling for more controls or limits in the area. (Courtesy of Bill Benbow)

“Most concerning, in the last week and a half we have seen a growth in our number of cases, particularly in young people,”said Dr. Bonnie Henry during a Monday press conference. “The median age of infection in B.C. so far is 50, while the median age for deaths is 85.”

Health Minister Adrian Dix noted that each moment of each day matters in the fight against COVID-19.

“We know that physical distancing saves lives. We know that safe social interactions stop the spread,” he said. “We need to recommit right now to what we know has made the difference for us and our BC effort. There’s a place for common sense, but right now there’s a need for COVID sense and to use it.”

Szpak says Langford bylaw officers will be going to beaches and parks and reminding people to maintain six feet apart from those not in their circle.

“It’s so hard when it’s sunny out, when you’re young and you feel like nothing bad can possibly happen, but the fact of the matter is that there is a pandemic,” Szpak said. “It’s totally human to say, ‘I’m going to have fun and throw caution to the wind,’ but this is not the time to do that.

“If you come to the beach and see that it looks crowded, come back another time if you don’t feel you can maintain that distance.”

– With files from Katya Slepian.

READ ALSO: Air Canada, WestJet to drop physical distancing policies as air travel ticks up


Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:nina.grossman@blackpress.ca. Follow us on Instagram.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

City of LangfordCoronavirusLangfordWest Shore

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich School District set to review its boundaries

Goal is to correct imbalances in school populations

New crop of hand-crafted heats popping up across Saanich

Community arts program promotes wellness, sends message of caring from people of all ages

Oak Bay couple honoured for 35 years volunteering

Mayor awards distinguished Oak Leaf to Bert and Doris Dinsmore

Hospital foundation president praises generosity of Peninsula residents

Karen Morgan said support during COVID-19, financial and otherwise, has been touching

South Island Transportation Strategy looks to reduce reliance on personal vehicles

EV charging stations, bike lockers, new park-and-ride stalls among solutions in Capital Region

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to call a provincial election for Oct. 24?

British Columbians will put their social distancing skills to the test when… Continue reading

The holiday everyone needs this year: Vote for your favourite in Fat Bear Week 2020

Voters will get to decide who gets to take home this year’s most coveted prize

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Most Read