After four months, all Ottawa park play structures and equipment are expected to re-open on Friday.
In an update Wednesday, the city said all playground and exercise equipment at city parks would reopen. Users are reminded to practise physical distancing from people outside their households, avoid touching their faces and wash their hands after using park equipment.
Meanwhile, the city is also relaxing facility, sports field and ball diamond rental restrictions for organized sports play and practices.
Team sports can resume competitive play provided participants adhere to physical distancing guidelines, avoid prolonged and deliberate physical contact and follow the guidelines of their governing sports organizations, the city said.
The city is also reviewing information from Ontario’s Stage 3 announcement on Monday and is conducting an assessment of operational requirements in consultation with Ottawa Public Health. Staff redeployments, facility retrofits, demand for services, and financial feasibility are all being examined.
Information on the resumption of additional services and facility reopenings is to be announced in the coming weeks.
All July indoor rental agreements for events, meetings and community activities have been cancelled. City staff are reaching out to August rental contract holders to advise them that all indoor events for more than 50 people will be cancelled. However, the city will consider rental requests in August for up to 50 people on a case-by-case basis.