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Safe Activities During COVID-19

Lasted Edited/Reviewed: 4:02pm, January 13, 2021

As of January 12th, 2020 the Province of Ontario has announced tighter restrictions in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. As part of the new restrictions, the Province has issued a “stay at home order”. People should only go out only for essential trips, such as to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. By implementing these measures and asking everyone to stay home, we can stay safe and save lives. Click here to read more about the measures that will take effect. We are in the process of reviewing the changes and will update our website shortly.

Being Active Outdoors during COVID-19

Family Food Activities

Being Active Outdoors during COVID-19

Physical activity and getting fresh air are important for our overall physical and mental wellness. There are ways to be active either at home or outside while keeping physical distance from others.

Neighbourhood sidewalks, streets, multiuse paths, and parks are all available to get outside and get moving. When doing these activities, some ways to stay safe include:

  • Step-aside or pass others quickly and courteously on sidewalks. Passing someone on the sidewalk is not considered a close contact or a significant risk for exposure to COVID-19.
  • Keep 2 metres distance from others;
  • When moving at a fast pace (such as when running or cycling), it is best to stay as far away from others as possible;
  • If you must be behind another runner or cyclist, stay well back and try to stagger yourselves so as to not be directly behind them;
  • If the location that you are going to is crowded (i.e., an outdoor skating rink that has reached its capacity limit), return at another time.
  • Change your route or the time of day that you go out, so that you can follow these guidelines.
  • Stay close to home by accessing nearby parks, trails, and hills. Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Wear the appropriate safety gear (e.g. helmets, etc.)
  • Download the COVID Alert

Before going outside, consider the following questions and assess whether you can keep a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from others:

  • Is my normal walking route crowded right now?
  • Is the park that I would like to go to crowded right now?
  • Will I be tempted to talk with others and not maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance?
  • Will my young children have a hard time keeping a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from others, particularly other children?

Who can be active outside? Know your own risks.

For some people, it is okay to go out for a walk, run, or bike-ride. Others may need to stay in their homes for their own safety and/or the safety of the community.

Follow the instructions for your situation below:

  • Individuals who have returned from travel outside Canada
    • Can I get fresh air on my private property (e.g. backyard, balcony, porch)? YES
    • Can I go for a walk/run/bike-ride off my private property? NO
  • Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild
    • Can I get fresh air on my private property (e.g. backyard, balcony, porch)? YES
    • Can I go for a walk/run/bike-ride off my private property? NO
  • Individuals who are a close contact of a confirmed/suspected case of COVID-19
    • Can I get fresh air on my private property (e.g. backyard, balcony, porch)? YES
    • Can I go for a walk/run/bike-ride off my private property? NO
  • Older adults
    • Can I get fresh air on my private property (e.g. backyard, balcony, porch)? YES
    • Can I go for a walk/run/bike-ride off my private property?
      • The risk of serious illness from COVID-19 increases progressively with age, particularly over the age of 70 years of age. Every individual needs to consider their personal risk factors when making decisions about going out. Click here for more information.
  • Individuals who are immunocompromised (or underlying medical conditions
    • Can I get fresh air on my private property (e.g. backyard, balcony, porch)? YES
    • Can I go for a walk/run/bike-ride off my private property?
      • People who have serious underlying medical conditions (such as: cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic lung disease, chronic liver disease, cancer, are immunocompromised) or who are severely obese are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Every individual needs to consider their personal risk factors when making decisions about going out. Click here for more information.
  • All other Peterborough residents (except those listed above)
    • Can I get fresh air on my private property (e.g. backyard, balcony, porch)? YES
    • Can I go for a walk/run/bike-ride off my private property?
      • Yes, but only if you can keep 2 metres (6 feet) from others  and you have NO symptoms of COVID19

Always remember to wash your hands when you come back in from outside.

Should users of outdoor recreational spaces wear masks?

  • Wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is an additional personal practice that may help to prevent COVID-19 transmission from an unknowingly-infected person (the wearer) to people they may come in contact with.
    • In most circumstances, masks or face coverings not are necessary in outdoor recreational spaces when physical distancing is possible and can be predictably maintained. However, using a face covering or mask is recommended if physical distancing is not possible or is unpredictable.
    • In some outdoor activities, wearing a mask or face covering may not be practical or tolerable. For example, during periods of intense physical activity, masks/face coverings may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably and sweat can make the mask/face covering become wet more quickly. Also, there may be potential risk from injury if the masks or face covering is caught on equipment. In those instances, physical distancing remains an important personal protective practice.

Guidance for using public outdoor skating rinks and toboggan hills during COVID-19

There are numerous outdoor skating rinks and toboggan hills in municipal parks across Peterborough City and County that provide an opportunity for free physical activity this winter. As these rinks unmonitored spaces, it is important for users to practice personal public health measures to ensure these spaces can remain open and they are safe for all to use. Click here for a list of public outdoor skating rinks in the City of Peterborough.

Before going to a public outdoor skating rink or toboggan hill:

When you arrive at a public outdoor rink or toboggan hill:

  • Review the maximum capacity limit allowed at each skating rink and determine if there is enough room to go on the ice. If the maximum capacity limit has been reached, return at another time.
  • If the toboggan hill is crowded, return at another time.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands with a minimum of 60% alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear (e.g. helmet, etc.)

While you are using the public outdoor skating rink or toboggan hill:

  • Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from those who are not part of your household.
  • Wear a mask or face coverings if at any point physical distancing cannot be predictably maintained.
  • Do not play pick-up or organized ice sports (such as hockey, ringette, broomball) as these activities can compromise one’s ability to maintain a proper physical distance, as well as increase one’s rate of breathing which can further project respiratory droplets.
  • Do not share food, drinks, or any pieces of equipment with people who are not from your household.
  • Review and follow any rules posted by the municipality.

When you leave a public outdoor skating rink or toboggan hill:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands with a minimum of 60% alcohol-based sanitizer.

To report any issues with non-compliance at these places, please call:

  • In the City of Peterborough: Peterborough Police Service non-emergency line: 705-876-1122
  • In the County of Peterborough: Ontario Provincial Police non-emergency line: 1-888-310-1122

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