San Fernando parks open but empty

An empty Palmiste Park at San Fernando  on Monday. - Vashti Singh
An empty Palmiste Park at San Fernando on Monday. - Vashti Singh

Two major recreational facilities in San Fernando were almost empty on Monday after covid19 restrictions were lifted to allow the use of public spaces again.

On Monday, Newsday visited Palmiste Park and the San Fernando Hill Natural Landmark, but there were few people there.

At Palmiste Park cars were parked on the road and people were seen buying from roadside vendors. There was no one in the park.

At the San Fernando Hill two families were having lunch but left as soon as they were finished.

Wishing to remain anonymous, the facilities manager at San Fernando Hill said there was not much management could do to enforce the covid19 regulations and they were relying on people's good judgement.

She said, “The facilities are for everyone to use and we have signage all over reminding people of physical distancing, sanitation, washing hands and about the general rules.

“The sheds usually accommodated ten people, but that has since been limited to six people. It was the responsibility of people to adhere to the official rules released by the Ministry of Health, since constant monitoring will be difficult.”

She added that since the covid19 lockdown a lot of events had been cancelled, but anticipated that they would pick up in the coming months. She warned that people who wished to book the facilities for events like weddings and birthday parties should be mindful of the limit for gatherings.

Over at Gulf View Health and Fitness on South Trunk Road, about ten people were using the facilities around midday. The staff ensured that all covid19 protocols were observed, as equipment was sanitised as soon as users finished with it.

Gym-goers said they were pleased so far with the steps taken to ensure the facility was safe and comfortable to exercise in.

On Saturday Dr Keith Rowley announced that from June 22 places such as beaches, rivers, recreational facilities, amusement parks, the zoo, cinemas, theatres, casinos, private members clubs, and bars would reopen, and restaurants will resume in-house dining. All establishments will now have a closing time of 10 pm.

He also said public servants would return to work and public transport would operate at 100 per cent capacity.

The Prime Minister also saidmparty boats would not be allowed to operate. Staff at educational institutions would resume work to prepare for examinations, but schools and daycare centres remain closed.


"San Fernando parks open but empty"

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