Town of Grimsby relaxes rules at parks and open spaces

Posted On Friday May 22, 2020

Updated Friday May 22 2020

Town of Grimsby, Niagara Region and area municipalities relax rules at parks and open spaces

In response to the Ontario Government’s phase one plan for reopening the province, The Town of Grimsby is relaxing a number of measures in place on local parks and greenspaces to allow for greater access for residents. Effective May 19th the following park amenities are open with the condition that individuals using these amenities, except for members of the same household, are required to maintain a physical distance of at last two meters.

 Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields (including baseball diamonds and soccer fields)

  • The Grimsby Skate Park 
  • Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • Off Leash Dog Areas and Parks
  • Outdoor picnic sites, benches, and shelters in park and recreation areas 

Individuals may use outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields for non-team sports such as walking, running, kicking a ball, etc. providing individuals who use them are physical distancing unless they are members of the same household. Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer or baseball, even on fields intended for that purpose, unless they are members of the same household. 

While these additional activities are permitted, park amenities remain closed in alignment with a Provincial Order, including but not limited to: playgrounds, structures and equipment, fitness equipment and splashpads.

Anyone taking advantage of visiting our local parks should be sure to follow the best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19 as outlined by Niagara Region Public Health. These include but are not limited to:

  • Practicing 2 meter physical distancing
  • Frequent washing/sanitization of hands
  • Avoiding touching shared surfaces
  • Avoiding crowds and busy trails
  • Staying home if displaying symptoms

Bylaw enforcement will continue to enforce gatherings larger than five people and anyone using closed park amenities.

Additional openings of facilities as part of the phase one announcements, such as the Grimsby Tennis Club will be annouced in the coming days.  

Updates for municipal information related to COVID-19 is available at www.grimsby.ca/covid19 and on the Town’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

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