Playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment closed in Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes

Parks, trails, and greenspaces remain open, but physical distancing must be maintained

All playground equipment in municipal parks in the City of Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes, such as this playground at Roger's Cove Park in Peterborough's East City, is closed effective March 27, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
All playground equipment in municipal parks in the City of Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes, such as this playground at Roger's Cove Park in Peterborough's East City, is closed effective March 27, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

If you have a bored child at home, you now have one less option for activity.

Both the City of Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes announced on Friday (March 27) that, effective immediately, playgrounds and equipment in municipal parks are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health units have recommended public playgrounds be closed due to the types of playground surfaces, as well as the limited cleaning and sanitization practices for outdoor playground equipment.

In Peterborough, all city playground equipment is closed along with the outdoor adult gym at Beavermead Park. Riverview Park and Zoo has already been closed since Saturday, March 14th.

In Kawartha Lakes, all amenities within parks are temporarily closed until further notice. This includes playgrounds as well as sports fields, sports courts, skateboard parks, picnic areas, outdoor exercise equipment, and washroom facilities.

Municipal parks, trails, and greenspaces remain open, but public gatherings are not allowed and anyone who uses the spaces must maintain physical distancing of at least two metres (6.5 feet) from others. Dogs must be leashed.

If you feel ill, do not go to a park; stay home. If you are healthy and go to a park, as well as practising physical distancing, you should ensure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after returning home, especially after touching high-traffic surfaces such as handrails and other public surfaces.

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