New rules affect parks; dog park, playground closed

The City of Toronto has announced sweeping new rules in the battle to fight COVID-19 that affect the public’s use of parks.

“Today, the City of Toronto announced that all City-owned playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor exercise equipment and other parks amenities, as well as parking lots attached to its parks system, will be closed effective immediately, in the City’s continuing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19,” says the official press release.

It appears that walking or running through the park, while practicing physical distancing of two metres (or one hockey stick) from each other, is allowed.

At Sorauren, this means the off-leash dog park, tennis courts, baseball diamond and soccer field are closed. Fenced areas such as the tennis courts and dog park will be locked. The Sorauren Farmers Market has been closed and no permits are being issued for park use till at least April 5 (widely expected to be extended).

The playground and basketball court at Charles G. Williams Park across from Sorauren are also closed till further notice.

Breaking the rules may trigger fines of up to $5,000. The City says it is taking this action because people have been congregating in parks and not practicing physical distancing.

Friends of Sorauren Park are monitoring the COVID news and will report any updates. Visit the City’s COVID page for news and information.

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