On May 20, 2021, The Ontario government, released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. The Ontario government also announced that outdoor recreational amenities could reopen on May 22 with restrictions.

Outdoor Recreational Amenities to Reopen May 22 with Restrictions

In response to improvements in public health and health care indicators, Ontario will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Township staff are working as quickly as possible to ensure the following amenities are open and available this weekend for non-organized, leisure use:

  • Sports Fields
  • Pickleball and Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Picnic tables and park shelters

Everyone who uses one of the amenities listed above is required to maintain a physical distance of no less than 2 metres. Outdoor capacities and gathering limits, based on current restrictions, must be adhered to. As well, organized team play or practice is not permitted at this time.

Playgrounds, parks, green space, trails and pathways, and boat launches remain open.

Roadmap to Reopen

Roadmap to Reopen outlines three steps to easing public health measures, guided by the following principles:

 Step One

 An initial focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds where the risk of transmission is lower, and permitting retail with restrictions. This includes allowing outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to four people per table and non-essential retail at 15 per cent capacity.

 Step Two

Further expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn. This includes outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, overnight camps, personal care services where face coverings can be worn and with capacity limits, as well as indoor religious services, rites or ceremony gatherings at 15 per cent capacity.

 Step Three

 Expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including where there are larger numbers of people and where face coverings can’t always be worn. This includes indoor sports and recreational fitness; indoor dining, museums, art galleries and libraries, and casinos and bingo halls, with capacity limits.

Recreation and Aquatics Programming

When permitted, community recreational facilities will gradually reopen over the summer with pre-registered modified recreation and aquatics programming. Traditional summer day camp programs will not be operating in 2021. There are plans to develop alternative programming this summer. More information to follow as restrictions change.