City confirms playgrounds reopen Friday

The City of Kingston has confirmed that municipal playgrounds will start to reopen on Friday, Jul. 17, 2020. 

“Some playgrounds may open before others, as crews work to remove the safety fencing and caution tape in place,” said Erin Couch, Communications Officer for the City of Kingston. 

The City closed playgrounds on Friday, Mar. 27 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. A provincial mandate for playground closures followed shortly after, on Monday, Mar. 30.

The Ontario government announced Monday, Jul. 14 that most mandated public closures will end on Friday, as much of the province moves into Phase 3 of the provincial reopening strategy.

Couch said that Kingston playgrounds are inspected on a routine basis and that the City will install signage upon reopening, reminding users to practice physical distancing and hand hygiene.

Physical distancing requirements are still in place province-wide for people who are not from the same household or social circle, the Ontario government says. 

People are asked to maintain a distance of two metres from others, practice regular hand hygiene, and stay home if they feel unwell.

Guidelines from the Provincial ‘Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3,’

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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