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Outside recreation set to reopen in Hamilton on Saturday – Hamilton

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Ontarians will get the green light on Saturday to resume their outdoor activities under certain conditions.

On Thursday, Premier Doug Ford announced that a number of recreational facilities could reopen from 12:01 am on May 22 with some restrictions, including a ban on organized outdoor sports and recreational classes.

“The good news is that people can start their boats, play golf, and do sports. You will be able to meet with five people outside of their family. So that’s really good news, ”said Ford.

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The easing of orders included changing outdoor social gatherings and organizing public events that could expand to include five people, including members of different households.

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Paul Johnson, director of the Hamilton Emergency Operations Center, said the decision was important for the gradual reopening of many community activities.

“Some of these sporting events may take place in relation to basketball courts, tennis courts, golfing, and recreational boating, even within your own family starting this weekend,” said Johnson.

According to Johnson, locks and tape on tennis and basketball courts, as well as on the drop off, will be removed by 12:01 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Driving ranges and access to leisure boats are also available.

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Small outdoor gatherings in backyards are acceptable while observing COVID-19 security protocols such as distancing, masks, and hand washing.

Such gatherings, however, are not allowed to move indoors.

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“It’s still zero tolerance because it’s very unsafe and the risk is much higher when you put things in an inside capacity,” said Johnson.

The EOC director believes the province has decided to take a three-phase approach that encompasses all health units as opposed to a regional color-coding plan to discourage people from traveling to get things they want in their own neighborhood.

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“The bottom line is that it doesn’t encourage people from Hamilton to go to Kingston or Ottawa because something is open there and vice versa if it happens the other way around,” said Johnson.

The Ford government’s three-stage reopening of COVID-19 is not expected to begin until 60 percent of eligible Ontarians have been vaccinated. This phase allows for outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, courtyards of up to 10 people, and the opening of non-essential retail stores with a capacity of up to 15 percent.

Johnson suggests that the third phase, which allows for limited indoor sports and attractions when 80 percent of residents are vaccinated, could be as far away as fall, with much of summer likely to pass before the city enters the final phase leaves.

“Really, it all depends on how the vaccines are introduced,” Johnson said.

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“While vaccination progress has been positive across the province, including here in the city of Hamilton, the reality is that we still have a long way to go to achieve this level of coverage from a vaccine perspective.”


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What is open on Saturday in the first phase of the Ford government’s three-phase opening?

  • Golf courses and driving ranges
  • Football and other sports fields (no organized outdoor sports)
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Skate parks
  • Marinas and boat docks
  • Riding opportunities
  • Bike paths
  • Shooting and archery ranges
  • Batting cages

Outdoor social gatherings and some organized public events are expanded to five people, including members of different households.

Indoor gatherings such as recreational courses, car pooling, access to locker rooms, and shared accommodation are not permitted.

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