In alignment with Phase 1 of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening the Province, the Municipality of Bayham is in the process of reopening several park amenities for public use effective June 1, 2020.
While park amenities reopen, health measures and precautions remain critical to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. This includes physical distancing, and limiting the size of gatherings to no more than five people, unless they are from within the same household.
The following amenities will be open effective June 1, 2020:
Outdoor Sports Fields & Baseball Diamonds
Outdoor sports fields and baseball diamonds will be open for non-team sports that allow for physical distancing. These facilities will not be available for rental. Gatherings are still required to be no more than five people, unless they are living in the same household.
Benches, Picnic Tables, Pavilions & Portable Washrooms
Picnic tables, benches, pavilions and portable washrooms will be open for public use, provided that physical distance of at least two metres is maintained. As these amenities are not sanitized, persons should wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly before and after use.
The skate park will be open for public use, provided that physical distance of at least two metres is maintained. As this amenity is not sanitized, persons should wash or sanitize their hands thoroughly before and after use.
Tennis & Pickleball Court, Basketball Courts
Courts will be available for use with physical distancing measures in effect. Courts should be used for non-team sports that permit physical distancing and gatherings of less than five people.
With these park amenities now open, the Municipality is reminding residents that health measures remain in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. While using these spaces, please continue to follow these measures:
- Stay two metres apart from others using the facility
- Avoid gatherings of more than five people
- Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or elbow or cover with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
In keeping with physical distancing measures, if you arrive at a park space that is too busy or crowded, we ask that you wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or return at another time.
Permitted Activities in Parks
Additional activities are now permitted in parks and open spaces for recreational purposes.
Examples of recreational activities that are now permitted in parks include:
- Kicking a ball or playing catch
- Sitting on a picnic blanket, the grass or a lawn chair
- Flying a kite
- Exercising or stretching on a yoga mat (not a group class)
The following park amenities will remain closed in accordance with Provincial Orders until further notice:
- Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment
- Port Burwell Municipal East Beach & Pier