Local school boards have closed all school playgrounds and other amenities, including sports fields and access to school board property until further notice.
The City of North Bay also temporarily closed “all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities…including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities,” following a directive from the provincial government.
According to the City, “The province has indicated parks, trails and other greenspaces would remain open for walking through, although residents are reminded to follow the recommendations of public health officials regarding social distancing, safe handwashing and hygiene.”
The Near North District School Board added, “Although playgrounds and other amenities are an important part of our communities, we are following the advice of health professionals and Province of Ontario orders concerning the need for physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work together to maintain the health and safety of our communities.” For additional information and updates, please visit the NNDSB website.
The Nipissing – Parry Sound Catholic District School Board put the ban in place last week. “In light of the recommendations made by the provincial government as well as the Chief Medical Officer of Health, effective immediately and until further notice all access to Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board outdoor recreational amenities, including sports fields and outdoor play structures, is strictly prohibited.”