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City allows access to parks, tennis courts

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City of Orillia to reopen some outdoor amenities as restrictions ease

It's not going to be a full-on "game on", but the City of Toronto is moving to reopen more park amenities in the city.

The move comes a day after the City opened more than 70 off-leash dog parks across Toronto.

Provincial orders remain in effect prohibiting the use of play structures, swings, slides, splash and spray pads, wading pools and exercise equipment, the release said.

Those include a range of picnic shelters, skate parks, soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts. Those include maintaining a physical distance of two metres from other individuals not from the same household and a restriction on gatherings of more than five people who are not members of the same household.

Residents are also not permitted to use their own barbecue in a City of Toronto park.

The city's marina is scheduled to open on Friday, June 12th, with changes to service under new guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, staff are also getting ready to open more than 600 tennis courts starting this weekend. Greenhouses, nurseries and conservatories, High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm also remain closed. The rental of fields and courts for competitive sports will not resume until allowed by the province.

"Parks are a vital part of life in the Forest City".

The City closed all park amenities in March based on public health advice. Physical distancing must be followed, and tee times must be booked in advance.

"Signage is being installed at open park amenity areas to remind users of the importance of physical distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect the safety and well-being of all residents", the City said.

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