Bit more update on what's going on. Even if not mandated, I try to stay indoors as much as possible during this crisis (don't have to tell you how difficult it is sitting inside for outdoors person). But after seeing these photos from above I quickly dressed up & hiked to Nordic Center (~30min on foot from where I live). Access was gated. Here is info table:
Note the wording: Indoor facilities are closed, but trails remain open to the public. This is inline with BC Parks and with National Parks.
Then, walking down the road by Rundle Forebay I ran into AB Parks truck, with flashing light. Same one as on pic above; just moved lower down. Had 15min chat with very nice lady (on proper social distance of course). Learned quite a few things firsthand.
1) Spray Road was closed because of avalanche. (This was the part that confused me earlier, because traffic without stopping was supposed to be open)
2) Hiking is allowed in AB Provincial Parks, as long as you are able to get yourself to trailhead without car. Bicycles are fine
3) Social distancing: Lady told me about 3 different models she saw. First: Do nothing at all, Second: Social distancing Three: Full lockdown. According to models, social distancing after awhile does work
and curve flattens down!
4) Despite everything, there is still lots of COVIDIOTS around. Just today she had to rescue hikers that got lost on Mt. Yamnuska (!!!!! How do you get lost on Yamnuska? For you BC guys, this is same as someone getting lost on Grind or Dog mountain). They dodged parking restriction by leaving car on the shoulder in crown land. PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T DO THAT. This just drains park resources that are working ultra hard in these difficult times
5) Couple of weekends ago, when parks closed facilities, but driving was allowed, there was horror on parking lots. Restrooms were closed, so idiots peed, shitted, left sanitary pads and who knows what else around the bathrooms, creating hygienic disaster. That in addition to all the social distancing which nobody obeyed. This was the main factor that prompted AB parks to shut down vehicle access.
Finally I want to say again: This pandemic is not a joke. We are all in this together, please please obey the rules and stay away. This planet belongs to all of us and we need to care for it and for each other together.