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You like the Coquitlam Crunch? If you want to keep it, keep your distance

City of Coquitlam is monitoring Coquitlam Crunch trail due to some users not maintaining a safe physical distance from others
The city of Coquitlam said people should only use the Coquitlam Crunch stairs in the designated one-way direction, stay at least two metres (six feet) away from others not from their household and only walk in small groups of two to three people from their household.

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The Coquitlam Crunch is open for now but that could change if trail users do not adhere to physical distancing rules.

The city said it is monitoring the situation and may need to consider further restrictions after photos appeared on social media Thursday showing people walking on the Crunch in close proximity to one another.



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Kathleen Vincent, Coquitlam’s manager of corporate communications, said in an email that while most trail users are following the rules, “we recognize that some people are still not getting the message about the need to maintain physical distance from others, and to limit the size of their group to two to three people from their immediate household.”

Last month, the city announced that it would be implementing one-way traffic on the Crunch — going up the east staircase and down west staircase — to give trail users more space. Signs are in place to remind people to keep their distance, with city staff stationed along the path from 8 a.m. to dusk. 

“Since implementing the unidirectional flow and installing signage, the city has been encouraged to see those on the Coquitlam Crunch trail taking the necessary precautions,” the city said in a statement. “However, the situation is being monitored and the city is prepared to close its trails if users don’t use the trail responsibly.”

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