FULL LIST: Here’s What Outdoor Amenities Can Reopen Across Ontario This Saturday

Thursday May 20th, 2021

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The Ontario government has released the legal amendment to regulations detailing what outdoor facilities and activities can reopen starting at 12:01am on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021.

The regulations are in the form of an amendment to the Reopening Ontario Act and amend Ontario Regulation 82/20 (Rules for areas in Stage 1).

Here’s what’s changing:

1. Section 37 of Schedule 2 to Ontario Regulation 82/20 is revoked and the following substituted:

37. (1) Marinas, boating clubs and other organizations that maintain docking facilities for members or patrons that meet the following condition:

1. Any clubhouse, restaurant, pool, communal steam room, sauna or whirlpool, meeting room, fitness centre or other recreational facility on the premises must be closed to the public, except for any portion of those areas that,

i. is used to provide first aid services,

ii. is used to provide take-out or delivery service,

iii. contains a washroom, or

iv. provides access to an area described in subparagraph i, ii or iii.

(2) For greater certainty, nothing in this Order precludes a person responsible for a marina, boating club or other organization that maintains docking facilities for members or patrons from operating a grocery or convenience store on the premises or from providing fuel supply, boat or watercraft repair and servicing, boat or watercraft docking and boat or watercraft launching services.

2. Section 4 of Schedule 3 to the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

Recreational amenities
4. (1) Each person responsible for an indoor or outdoor recreational amenity that is not in compliance with this section, and that is not a facility for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities that is permitted to open under section 48 of Schedule 2, must ensure that it is closed.

(2) The following outdoor recreational amenities may open if they are in compliance with subsection (3):

1. Parks and recreational areas.
2. Baseball diamonds.
3. Batting cages.
4. Soccer, football and sports fields.
5. Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts.
6. Basketball courts.
7. BMX parks.
8. Skate parks.
9. Golf courses and driving ranges.
10. Frisbee golf locations.
11. Cycling tracks and bike trails.
12. Horse riding facilities.
13. Shooting ranges including those operated by rod and gun clubs.
14. Ice rinks.
15. Tobogganing hills.
16. Snowmobile, cross country ski, dogsledding, ice skating and snow shoe trails.
17. Playgrounds.
18. Portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment.
19. Archery ranges.
20. Boat and watercraft launches.
21. Lawn game courts, including lawn bowling, bocce and croquet courts.

(3) An outdoor recreational amenity described in subsection (2) may only open if,

(a) any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person who is using the amenity;
(b) team sports are not practised or played within the amenity;
(c) other sports or games that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other are not practised or played within the amenity; and
(d) any locker rooms, change rooms, showers, clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the amenity that is used to provide first aid.

(4) Clause (3) (a) does not require persons who are all members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other while in the amenity.

(5) Clause (3) (d) does not prohibit a restaurant on the premises from providing take-out or delivery service.

(6) Each person responsible for a boat or watercraft shall ensure that if a group of persons uses that boat or watercraft together for recreational purposes, the members of the group are all members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household.

(7) Clauses 3 (a), (b) and (c) do not apply with respect to an amenity, or a particular area of an amenity, during periods when the amenity or the particular area is exclusively being used by persons who are athletes, coaches and officials training or competing to be a part of Team Canada at the next summer or winter Olympic Games or Paralympic Games if the persons are,

(a) identified by a national sport organization that is either funded by Sport Canada or recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee or the Canadian Paralympic Committee; and
(b) permitted to train, compete, coach or officiate under the safety protocols put in place by a national sport organization mentioned in clause (a).

3. Clause 1 (1) (c) of Schedule 4 to the Regulation is revoked and the following substituted:

(c) an organized public event or social gathering of more than 5 people that is held outdoors, including a social gathering associated with a gathering described in clause (d); or

Commencement

4. This Regulation comes into force on the later of May 22, 2021 and the day it is filed.

You can find the government’s PDF version of the amended regulations at this link on the Ontario website.

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