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Orillia to reopen select park amenities for public access

 

For immediate release (May 20, 2020) – Following the Province’s recent announcement permitting the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities, the City of Orillia is working quickly to reopen select amenities for public use.

 

“Our community has done well to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus and we are pleased to reopen certain park amenities for public use. As we gradually phase in reopening, it is absolutely critical that residents remain vigilant and follow COVID-19 safety protocols, such as physical distancing and gathering restrictions, which are still very much in place. If we ease up too soon and let our guard down, we risk a resurgence and further community transmission of COVID-19,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

 

The following park amenities will be open beginning tomorrow, May 21, 2020:

  • Tennis and pickleball courts
  • Disc golf course
  • Off-leash dog areas
  • The Kiwanis Skateboard Park
  • Outdoor picnic areas
  • Benches
  • Pavilions on a first-come, first-served basis (the City will not be issuing any group rental permits at this time).
  • Basketball courts (it is anticipated all basketball courts will be open by Friday, May 22).

 

Park users must practice physical distancing of at least two metres (six feet) and refrain from gatherings of more than five outside of their immediate household.

 

The City will not be opening baseball diamonds and athletic fields at this time due to the inability for teams to practice together and the increased maintenance required for these areas. Families looking to play a pick-up game of soccer or baseball can do so in other open park space.

 

Beaches, outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, including splash pads and public washroom facilities, also remain closed until further notice.

 

“We ask for your patience as we continue to respond to the Province’s reopening guidelines. Like any business that was also given the green light to reopen, the City must ensure all the necessary health and safety precautions are in place so that our employees and the community stay safe and that can take some time in order to do so properly,” said Mayor Clarke.

 

It’s important to remember the following:

 

  • Stay home and away from others when you are feeling ill
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Keep a physical distance of two metres when outside your house
  • Wear a face covering where physical distancing is a challenge or not possible
  • Avoid touching your face and cover your face when coughing or sneezing

     

For more information visit: orillia.ca/COVID-19

 

For more information on the COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Orillia visit: osmh.on.ca/covid-19/

 

For COVID-19 updates from the SMDHU visit: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus

 

 

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