Hamilton gets the go-ahead to go outside this weekend
Published May 21, 2021 at 4:54 pm
Golfers and other Hamilton residents itching to stretch their legs this weekend got some good news from Premier Doug Ford Thursday (May 21) with the announcement that many outdoor recreational amenities will be allowed to re-open.
Ontario is not out of the pandemic just yet, but Ford’s three-step re-opening plans begin Saturday (May 22) with the re-opening of golf courses and driving ranges; tennis and basketball courts; baseball diamonds and batting cages; soccer and other sports fields; lawn bowling and bocce; marinas; and BMX and skate parks.
No organized outdoor sports or recreational classes will be permitted, however, and outdoor pools have not yet been given the green light to open.
Splash pads will be open this weekend after pressure from municipal officials – notably Ottawa Maor Jim Watson – forced the Province to make an about-face from yesterday.
Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will also be expanded on Saturday, which will allow these amenities to be used by up to five people.
In addition, the regulations will allow outdoor gatherings of up to five people, including outdoor wedding receptions. Wedding ceremonies, religious services and rites are permitted indoors or outdoors with a maximum of 10 people.
The Province’s three-step ‘Roadmap’ to re-open also outlined when other sectors like outdoor dining, personal services and outdoor fitness can safely reopen.
The current Stay-at-Home Order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential reasons, such as grocery shopping, going to the pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), outdoor exercise or work that cannot be done remotely.
The community is encouraged to continue to wear a face covering and physical distance appropriately.Insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies