The mayor of Halifax is taking a strict tone with people who he says continue to break the rules around staying off of parks and sports fields.
All municipal parks, as well as beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, courts and associated parking lots are closed right now in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
But in a video posted on Tuesday, Mayor Mike Savage says not everyone is getting the message.
"These are closed. It's clear that they're closed," Savage says in the video, gesturing toward a gated field behind him. "Yet in the last few days, we've seen people climbing fences to get into sports fields, we've seen people moving barricades out of the way, and unbelievably, (on Monday) we saw a fence where the lock was taken right off the fence so people could get inside."
Halifax Regional Police have already issued tickets to people not complying with provincial or municipal orders.
Savage says that is the risk people are taking.
"Some of you may think you're not vulnerable to COVID-19 -- and by the way, you are -- but that behaviour is not only reckless and dangerous, it's illegal and you can and will be charged," he said.
Savage calls parks, sports fields and playgrounds "jewels of the municipality" that he'd normally want to see packed with people. But the mayor says these are not normal circumstances,
"These fields will be open again one day, but only when we all do the right things."