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GNWT monitoring capacity at Fred Henne park

Fred Henne Beach in 2010. NNSL file photo

The territorial government announced Monday that it will be monitoring capacity at Fred Henne Territorial Park in order to uphold physical distancing measures.

A maximum of 100 people will be allowed on the beach, while park capacity will be limited to the number of people who can use the facilities while continuing to maintain social distancing comfortably.

The announcement comes only a couple weeks after parks reopened on June 16 - a delayed start to the season due to Covid-19.

Drew Williams, assistant director of communications for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, says that “the first week that we opened, everyone was so anxious to get out to the parks that it was significantly crowded and admittedly social distancing was not happening the way it needs to happen to keep people safe."  

Williams suspects the monitoring will likely go on for the remainder of the season.

He says Fred Henne is a wonderful facility and he understands why people are there but urges them to explore other parks, or visit at non-peak times, in order to stay safe.

“Get creative,” he says, “There are lots of places to go. Make a day of it, pack a lunch, and go try out one of the other lakes. I think there’s plenty of room if we all spread out. But please be safe.”