TORONTO: The Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The declaration and orders have been extended and will be in effect until April 13. 2020:
All outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds has been closed with immediate effect.
The move have been taken on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Health.
“I made a commitment to be open and upfront about what we need to do as a province to beat this virus,” said Premier Doug Ford.
“Based on the best medical advice available, we are taking further steps today to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians by closing outdoor recreational amenities, like sports fields and playgrounds, and extending our emergency orders to save lives. We all need to work together and do our part to stop COVID-19 by staying home, practising physical distancing, and avoiding social gatherings,” added Ontario Premier.
All communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities across Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities will also remain closed.
“Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren’t otherwise closed would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed”, the statement added.
“We are acting on the best advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and other leading public health officials across the province,” said Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott.
“We will continue to take decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect Ontarians’ health and wellbeing,” said Christine.