MEMBER UPDATE: March 31, 12:00PM

Ontario Closes All Outdoor Recreational Amenities

Ontario issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, like sports fields and playgrounds, effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

This new order closes all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including - but not limited to - playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities.

Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas not otherwise closed would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain a safe physical distance - at least two metres -apart from others. Ontario's provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed.

To ensure the province can continue its efforts to contain COVID-19, Ontario will also extend the March 17, 2020 declaration of emergency and subsequent emergency orders, regulations and amendments issued under s.7.0.1 and 7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The following declaration and orders are extended and will be in effect until April 13, 2020:

If you have questions about how COVID-19 impacts your ability to do business and care for your residents, contact or visit ONPHA’s COVID-19 FAQ page.