A look at what’s open and closed as Mississauga reopens more outdoor amenities
With Ontario slowly lifting COVID-19 restrictions, it can be difficult to know what's open (parks, stores with street-front entrances and restaurants that offer takeout and delivery exclusively) and closed (playgrounds, libraries and indoor malls).
In Mississauga, the reopening process has been a little more gradual due to high case counts, but some outdoor amenities are reopening.
Beginning June 1, the city is reopening select park amenities and parking lots as part of its Phase 2 COVID-19 recovery plan.
The reopened amenities include leash-free zones (Union Park and Community Common remain closed), BMX/skate parks, tennis courts, community tennis clubs, picnic shelters, park benches and seasonal washrooms.
"As we work to slowly reopen our park amenities, we understand that some of our parks, such as those along our waterfronts, will see an increase in visits and use," said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement.
"We encourage residents to continue to stay local, stay apart and to use their common sense. If you arrive at a park and it is busy, please turn around and go home. We will continue education and enforcement at our outdoor facilities to keep you safe with added bike patrols and a Parks Ambassador Program. As per the Provincial Order, people must continue to maintain a safe physical distance of 2 metres and avoid park amenities such as playgrounds that remain closed. We appreciate your patience and commitment to helping us keep Mississauga safe and healthy."
Other reopened amenities include marinas, community gardens and golf courses.
To see a list of all open parking lots, park washrooms, tennis clubs and skate parks, click here.
The city says it will implement additional safety measures to ensure that people follow physical distancing guidelines and avoid areas that remained closed.
Signs will be posted with health and safety guidelines, and park ambassadors - who will be clearly identified and who will wear blue City of Mississauga t-shirts - will be available to educate and inform the public.
Enforcement staff will also continue to patrol areas.
The following park amenities remain closed:
- Sport fields
- Multi-sport, basketball and bocce courts
- Union Park and Community Common leash-free zones (size cannot meet physical distancing requirements)
- The boat launch at Marina Park (due to high water levels)
- Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment (under provincial order)
- Spray pads and wading pools (under provincial order)
"We are glad to be able to reopen some of our amenities for the public to use and enjoy," said Jodi Robillos, Director of Parks, Forestry and Environment, in a statement.
"While we encourage residents to go outside, we are also reminding residents to follow the health and safety guidelines and closures that are still in place."
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