Closing Playgrounds and Park Amenities to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
We are at a pivotal moment to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that we each practice diligent physical distancing at all times. Toronto's Medical Officer of Health has announced the closure of playgrounds and park amenities to support physical distancing.
The decisions we make now can flatten the curve and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing, staying home as much as possible, and regular hand washing are the best ways to protect the health of your friends and family, essential workers who cannot stay home, and yourself.
While we thank all the residents who are listening to public health advice and practicing physical distancing, we know that there are many who are continuing to put their health and the health of our community at risk by gathering in playgrounds and sports fields.
To support safe physical distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19, City playgrounds, sports fields and courts, off-leash dog areas, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor exercise equipment, and other park amenities will be closed. Public parks will still remain open.
Toronto's Medical Officer of Health is also urging condominiums, school boards, and Toronto Community Housing to close their playgrounds and park amenities, and to limit public congregation to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The closure of playgrounds and park amenities builds on the strong recommendations and measures from public health professionals provincially and locally, including the closure of schools, most City programs and facilities, and all non-essential businesses.