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“We will be closely following the direction of the Department,” said Windsor-Essex County Health Unit CEO Theresa Marentette regarding country restrictions regarding outdoor recreation amenities such as golf courses.
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Windsor-Essex residents should go outside for their well-being – but not for activities that are banned by the provincial government, advises the regional health unit.
“We were keeping very closely to the Ontario Act,” said Theresa Marentette, CEO and chief nursing officer of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, on Thursday.
“From a public health perspective, our stance on our sanity is that it will all be good for us to go outside and enjoy a walk and other activities. But it is (over) safe to do. “
Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday that Ontario’s ongoing stay-at-home will be extended until June 2nd – and there will be no change to the outdoor facility in the meantime, the restriction.
That means that all golf courses, skate parks, soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and other multi-use fields will remain closed at least until June 2nd.
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Picnic areas and picnic tables are also prohibited.
The Ford government decision came despite the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Canadian Pediatric Society recommending all recreational facilities to be reopened.
Expressing disappointment with the Ford government’s decision, Golf Ontario stated, “Golf is in the open air where transmission is low. Golf is safe. It is time to open, golf and other outdoor activities safe again. “
Marentette said she understood the topic was “a very hot discussion right now”.
The official position of WECHU continues to support the state regulations.
“We will closely follow instructions from the Department of Health and the province as we all wait to know which direction they are headed.”
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However, Marentette believes that Windsor-Essex residents are well aware of the guidelines to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. “All of these public health measures are still in place.”
The stay at home order prohibits any gathering, indoor or outdoor, with anyone outside of your household.
There is an exception for people who live alone: you can collaborate with another household.
Services, weddings, and funerals can accommodate up to 10 people with the wearing of masks and a physical distance of two meters.
Permitted outdoor facilities are: parks and recreation areas, public benches, playgrounds and play structures as well as dog parks off-leash.