Basketball hoops could be removed: City of Richmond

The City of Richmond has posted signs saying they will remove basketball hoops from city courts if physical distancing rules aren’t adhered to.

Despite reminders from city staff and one ticket already issued, organized games of basketball in groups larger than permitted continue to take place, explained city spokesperson Clay Adams.

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The maximum number of players allowed at one time is four.

The signs warn users that “Not complying with the court usage rules and playing games will result in hoops being removed.”

The signs appeared at several courts on Thursday evening, but Adams said the most problematic court has been South Arm Community Centre.

The city issued a ticket to a young man earlier this month for non-compliance of physical distancing orders after several warnings.

City staff have reminded basketball players several times, but they continue to play in groups as large as 10 or 12, Adams said.

While the city doesn’t want to take down the hoops, Adams said they might need to resort to that if players don’t comply with physical distancing rules.

Signs warning that hoops could be removed have been placed at courts at King George-Cambie, Thompson, South Arm and Heather-Dolphin.

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