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For compliance with the enhanced restrictions under the extended Province’s Stay-at-Home Order, the City of Ottawa has closed some of its recreation amenities, which include:
- Public sports fields – including those located at recreation facilities
- Ball diamonds
- Basketball, tennis and pickleball courts
- Batting cages
- Skateboard parks
- BMX and other bike parks
- Picnic tables
- Outdoor fitness stations
Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, has issued an Order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to require wearing masks at or within five metres of playground equipment, which remain open under the Province’s enhanced Stay-at-Home restrictions. These include:
- Play structures
- Sand boxes
This masking requirement does not apply to an individual younger than two (2) years of age, or a child who is under five (5) years of age chronologically or developmentally, and who refuses to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver. In addition to and around playground equipment, the masking order also applies to trailheads and takes effect at 12:01 on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
While most outdoor park amenities are closed, you are allowed to walk, run and cycle through parks. You must keep a two-metre distance from others in parks, unless they are members of your household.
Benches and off-leash dog parks can still be used as long as people maintain a two-metre distance. It is highly recommended to wear a mask at all times while in the park.