With sunny weather ahead this weekend, Metro Vancouver reminds people to enjoy the outdoors responsibly to help keep parks open."Metro Vancouver has made every effort to keep our regional parks open during the COVID-19 public health emergency because we recognize their value for connecting with nature, reducing stress and maintaining physical and mental well-being," said Sav Dhaliwal, Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors. "It is up to all of our visitors to do their part and keep each other and our staff safe during this critical time."Parks visitors are asked to follow these guidelines:Choose parks in your own area – do not travel across the region Walk, bike, or take transit to avoid contributing to traffic and parking issuesMaintain physical distance of at least two metres from others at all times, including in parking lotsDispose of tissues and other waste in designated garbage binsPack it in, pack it out – do not leave any items behind in parks Comply with closures of playgrounds, nature play areas and picnic sheltersWash or sanitize hands frequently during the day and upon returning homeStay home if you are sickAll Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, with the exception of Barnston Island and Brae Island, are open. Park facilities such as playgrounds, docks, rental facilities and picnic areas remain closed. Additionally, the parking lots at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve and Acadia Beach in Pacific Spirit Regional Park are closed until further notice. Please check Metro Vancouver's website for the latest parks service advisories. Metro Vancouver has increased staffing, traffic management and signage at all parks and continues to monitor and manage visitor behaviour. Staff are reassessing the status of each regional park on an ongoing basis.Metro Vancouver's Regional Parks system extends over 13,632 hectares and consists of 23 regional parks, five greenways, two ecological conservancy areas and two regional park reserves in communities from Bowen Island to Maple Ridge.