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'Don't be an idiot,' mayor tells people who removed caution tape from playground

'This is the week that we need to make a maximum effort,' says Lehman
2020-03-24 Around Barrie RB 15
The playground equipment at Queen's Park in downtown Barrie is cordoned off with caution tape until further notice. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

Mayor Jeff Lehman has been providing daily updates through his social-media channels and Monday's was one of the bluntest and most direct he has delivered yet.

It came after hearing about people removing caution tape placed around a playground and then proceeding to use the equipment. 

"I have a simple message for the people who did that: Don't be an idiot," Lehman said this afternoon. "You're putting people at risk.

"This is the week that we need to make a maximum effort," added Lehman, noting the rules have been put in place for a reason and that's to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The mayor urged people not to remove caution tape and to stay off the equipment. 

"It puts the kids at risk when you do that," said Lehman, who finished his own 14-day self-isolation this past weekend and reports he's not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. 

The city cordoned off local playgrounds last Monday, as well as fitness equipment along the lakeshore. 

For more on Lehman's message to local citizens on how to stay safe, particularly as it relates to physical distancing, check out his full video through the Twitter link above. 

"Everybody needs to do their part," he said. "Please be part of the solution. ... We will get through this together. Stay strong."

The city will hold its first electronic council meeting this evening, which is available on Rogers TV and the city's YouTube channel. 

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