Outdoor recreational amenities reopening in Burlington this weekend

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Published May 21, 2021 at 2:50 pm

Effective Saturday, May 22, at 12:01 a.m., outdoor recreational amenities will reopen across the province including in the City of Burlington.

Here’s everything you need to know about what exactly will be reopening in the city.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, the amenities that will be reopening include, but are not limited to, golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts and skate parks.

Additionally, outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people. This will allow amenities to be used for up to five people with members of different households.

Residents are reminded that all other public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake remain in effect.

Outdoor courts such as pickleball, basketball and tennis courts will be open in Burlington on Saturday, May 22. Please keep your time to a maximum of 30-minutes if there are people waiting to use the court. Masks must be worn while waiting for a turn.

Grass sport fields will open for casual use. This includes throwing a ball, self-directed yoga, kicking a ball or flying a kite. Organized sports and recreational classes will not be permitted.

Skate parks will be open but residents must ensure they stay six feet from anyone who is not in their household. Wearing a mask is recommended.

Most city park washrooms will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In partnership with the LaSalle Community Park Marina Association, the public boat launch is not ready to open yet and will remain closed until further notice. According to the city, it will reopen once boats have been cleared from the lower parking lot.

Tyandaga Golf Course will open for play on Saturday, May 22 at 7:00 a.m. Appointments must be booked online at tyandagagolf.com or by calling (905) 336-0006 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. starting today.

Additionally, services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as needed.

“This is welcome news and something my fellow Mayors from all across Ontario have been advocating for throughout this present lockdown. We know healthcare and science experts have repeatedly stated that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in these activities is low, and the mental and physical benefits are high,” said Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“I encourage our amazing community to enjoy these activities safely, as intended, with thoughtfulness and care so that we do not risk undoing the great progress we have made in the past month in both reducing new cases and steadily increasing vaccinations.”

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