City of Kenora Media Release
On March 23rd, the City of Kenora was proactive in the effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by closing all playgrounds.
On March 31st, the Ontario Government ordered the closure of all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario. The following recreational facilities within the City of Kenora will be closed until further notice:
• ALL playgrounds, including schools
• sports fields, including all baseball diamonds
• basketball and tennis courts
• off-leash dog parks
• beaches and beach volleyball courts
• both Kenora & Keewatin skateboard parks
• picnic areas
• outdoor community gardens
• park and beach shelters
• outdoor exercise equipment (Garrow Park outdoor fitness equipment)
• condo parks and gardens
• pickleball courts
• other outdoor recreational amenities
While local trails and greenspaces are not included in the closures and will remain open, people must keep a safe physical distance of 2 metres apart from each other. When you meet someone else on a trail, or public space area, please ensure you position yourself at least 2 metres from that person to exercise the safe required distances.
“We recognize that this decision affects residents deeply as spring is upon us and everyone wants to get outside and be active. It is a critical time and we need to recognize the importance of these measures to keep people safe. Gathering in public spaces where there potentially could be more than five people at a time, is simply irresponsible during this critical time. Being active in your own yard or other outdoor space where you may not encounter others is the safest practice” states Mayor Daniel Reynard.
As the City continues to take actions to minimize the spread of COVID-19, by closing municipal public buildings and declaring a state of emergency, residents must take responsibility to follow the advice of health experts on the best ways to stop the virus. We know that staying home as much as possible and maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres from others are important behaviours as we fight to keep our community healthy.