COVID-19 Update – Outdoor recreational amenities closed immediately

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Peterborough ON - All shared outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields, community gardens and picnic areas, are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, by order of the Province of Ontario under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The Province issued the order on Monday, March 30 for all shared or communal outdoor recreational amenities, both on public and private property, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard parks, picnic areas, community gardens, park shelters, and other outdoor recreational amenities.

“We are at a critical point in the fight to slow COVID-19 and as a community we all have to do our part to keep each other safe by physical distancing,” said Mayor Diane Therrien. “The message is clear – just stay home.”

Green spaces, parks and trails that are not otherwise closed remain open for walk through and bicycle access only – people must not linger or congregate in these spaces. Walkers and cyclists must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others.

It’s not practical to put up barriers around all City outdoor recreational facilities or to stringently monitor all park space. Compliance is expected as a way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The City had closed playground equipment and adult outdoor exercise equipment on March 27, 2020 based on advice from Peterborough Public Health.

The City thanks all residents for their efforts to flatten the curve, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 situation is evolving. New decisions may be made affecting municipal services and facilities. For an up-to-date list of affected municipal services and facilities, please visit

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For additional information, members of the media are invited to contact:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636