Ottawa Medical Health Officer Dr. Vera Etches, has issued an ordinance under the Health Protection and Health Promotion Act (HPPA) required Wearing masks on or within five meters of playground equipment, which remain open under the province’s extended stay-at-home restrictions. These include:
- Play structures
This masking requirement does not apply to persons who are younger than two (2) years or to children who are chronologically or developmentally younger than five (5) yearsand who refuse to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded by their caregiver to do so. The The masking order will take effect on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 12:01 PM.
To comply with the extended restrictions The City of Ottawa has the City of Ottawa under the Extended Provincial Stay-at-Home Ordinance closed some of its recreational facilitiesthat include:
- Public sports fields – also in leisure facilities
- Ball diamonds
- Basketball, tennis and pickleball courts
- Skateboard parks
- BMX and other bike parks
The closure took effect on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 p.m.
Walking, running and biking through parks is allowed
While most of the outdoor parks are closed, you can walk, run, and cycle through parks. You must keep a distance of two meters from other people in parks, unless they are part of your household.
Benches and dog parks without a leash can still be used as long as people keep a distance of two meters.
While the statutes and regulators exercise discretion in enforcement, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reminds parents and guardians to ensure that children wear masks and physically distance themselves on playground structures, swings and slides. These regulations were put in place to support current provincial restrictions and contain the current surge in COVID-19 in our community.
The extended provincial restrictions too Prohibit any outdoor social gathering with anyone outside your household. The only exception are those who live alone and are only allowed to join one household.
More information will be available after further review of the Province of Ontario regulations.
Please stay at home and help us reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
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