By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen, March 23, 2020
The National Capital Commission announced that Gatineau Park would close as of 9 p.m. Monday to limit the spread of COVID-19 to employees and visitors.
The closing, which includes parking lots and day shelters, will be in effect until further notice.
The decision comes follows updated public health warnings from the Province of Quebec discouraging non-essential trips and gatherings and concerns about ensuring physical distancing in parking lots, as well as the impact of visitors on the infrastructure and services of neighbouring municipalities, the NCC said in a statement.
“We know this news will come as a disappointment to many but, in light of COVID-19, the continued operation of Gatineau Park would risk jeopardizing public health, including the safety of users, NCC staff and personnel, and the residents of neighbouring municipalities.”