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Closure of All Playgrounds, Skateparks, Tennis Courts and other Public Gathering places to stop the spread of COVID-19

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What you Need to Know

Joseph A. Neuberger

Neuberger & Partners LLP

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In an effort to enforce physical distancing and curb the spread of Covid19, effective March 25, 2020, all city-owned playgrounds, sports fields, basketball courts, 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 are closed to the public.  This includes school sports and playgrounds.

Violation of these closure orders can result in people being fined up to $5,000.00.  Residents with concerns about park usage can call 311 to report their concerns.

By-law enforcement officers along with police services will be cooperating to patrol and monitor compliance and to enforce these closures.  It is vital that all members of the public observe these closures and public health guidelines.  Not only can a violation result in apprehension and being fined, violation puts our communities at risk.  If these closures are not followed, the municipal and provincial governments can ramp up enforcement and this is not in the best interests of our communities and puts front line workers at risk.

All cities and towns are acting in concert with the City of Toronto, including Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham.

Trails and nature areas in Richmond Hill remain open but everyone is required to practice physical distancing.

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