Reminder: Use outdoor recreational amenities safely

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Playground at Beavermede park

Peterborough, ON – Restrictions on outdoor recreational amenities in the City of Peterborough remain in place until at least May 20, 2021 under the Province of Ontario stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Under the provincial regulations, parks and trails are open for walk through, and playgrounds remain open.

Outdoor exercise is permitted under the provincial Stay-at-Home order while respecting public health measures. Outdoor gatherings are prohibited, except with people from your same household – or if you live alone, with one other household.

When using parks, trails, and playgrounds:

  • Stay at least two metres apart from anyone who isn’t from your household
  • Wear a mask if physical distancing may be challenging
  • Avoid high-touch surfaces
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Stay home if you’re sick

The provincial regulations close other outdoor recreational amenities, including:

  • All outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, including:
    • Baseball diamonds
    • Soccer fields
    • Frisbee golf locations
    • Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis, and pickleball courts
    • Basketball courts
    • BMX parks
    • Skate parks
  • All portions of parks and recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment
  • All outdoor picnic sites and picnic tables in park and recreation areas

"With some relief from the spring showers in time for Mother's Day this weekend, many of us will be able to enjoy Peterborough’s beautiful parks and trails. Please remember to follow the public health measures to protect yourself and your loved ones from the spread of COVID-19," said Councillor Lesley Parnell, Chair of Arenas, Parks and Recreation. “Please respect our beautiful City by taking your litter home or by using one of our many recycle or garbage bins.”

The provincial regulations are available online at

During the provincewide shutdown and Stay-at-Home order, City services are continuing to operate with many shifting to only online or by-phone service with the closure of City Hall and other administrative offices for in-person visits. For up-to-date information on City services, please visit, email or call 705-742-7777.

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

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636