Municipality announces some recreational amenities reopening

REOPENED- Jaz Ludwick grabs some air at the Picton Skatepark Thursday. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

SARAH WILLIAMS

STAFF WRITER

With the warmer weather upon us, the municipality has announced the opening of several recreational amenities. Recently, the provincial government eased restrictions such that these types of facilities may begin to reopen.

As of May 19, the province officially entered the first stage of its Framework for Reopening the Province. Part of this stage includes the government permitting the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities, including outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog areas, and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas.

While the emergency orders are effective until May 29, 2020, the reopening of some public recreational spaces are effective as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

The following amenities have reopened in Prince Edward County:

  • Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis/pickle ball courts, the skate park in Picton, and basketball courts

  • Off-leash dog areas

  • Outdoor picnic sites, benches, and shelters in park and recreational areas

Physical distancing rules still apply while using these areas. Everyone is expected to maintain at least two metres distance (unless part of the same household).

“Although we are entering the first stage of our framework to reopen the economy, it’s critical that we continue to do so in a safe and responsible manner,” said Premier Doug Ford. “The people of Ontario have been doing a fantastic job to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of this terrible virus. With warmer weather beginning, individuals and families will now be able to enjoy many outdoor amenities, but everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing from those outside of their household.”

Meanwhile, outdoor playgrounds, play structures, splash pads, equipment and those portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment remain closed under provincial orders.

As amenities reopen, the municipality is reminding the public to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please practice physical distancing, wash and sanitize your hands frequently, and stay home when you are ill.