Brampton mayor repeats call for province to open outdoor sports facilities


Published May 8, 2021 at 2:32 pm


Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown doesn’t care if he sounds like a broken record calling on the province to allow outdoor sports.

“Busy crowded factories are a #COVID19 challenge,” Brown tweeted out Saturday morning. “An airport with loose restrictions is a problem. But golf, tennis, cricket, basketball, baseball, soccer and other provinces are NOT the problem.

“Safe outdoor sports are good for physical health and mental health!”

Ontario’s state of emergency and stay-at-home order are in effect until May 20 and it’s expected that it will be extended as the date draws closer.

The provincial government recently said that closure of outdoor recreational facilities will remain in place until COVID-19 cases decline significantly.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province has no current plan to reopen facilities such as tennis courts and golf courses.

Brown, though, maintained the outdoor closures are not only not necessary, but repeated that medical officials haven’t called for it.

“Outdoor sports should be allowed,” Brown tweeted. “I realize I am a broken record on this topic, but it is worth repeating the science table never recommended closing outdoor amenities.

“I have not heard a single doctor ask for outdoor amenities to be closed.”




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