COVID-19 – Sports, Recreation & Public Spaces

Last Reviewed/Updated: 11:19 a.m., August 20, 2021

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Sports and Recreation

Recreational Water Facilities

Outdoor Public Spaces

Community Gardens, Pick Your Own Produce, and Gleaning

Public Washrooms


Sports & Recreation

Guidance for Facilities

Sport, recreation and fitness facility owners and operators have a responsibility to ensure that these spaces are safe for staff and all users. Each facility is required to have a written COVID-19 safety plan and ensure that any group using their facility has a safety plan that meets the minimum requirements of the Ontario regulations. Both plans must be made available to anyone who asks to see them, and posted in a place where they can be seen easily. Review these resources to determine facility requirements:

Regulations in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) – Government of Ontario

Guidance for Teams and Clubs

Sports, recreation and fitness activities require COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and spectators. Peterborough Public Health has put together a package of resources to help teams and clubs think through their return to play requirements, which includes:

Guidance for Participants

A safe return to sport, recreation and fitness requires cooperation from everyone – including participants. Sport, recreation and fitness facility owners, operators and activity organizers (including coaches and volunteers) are being asked to create plans to demonstrate how activities will be organized and modified to meet local and provincial guidelines and to ensure a safer experience for everyone (e.g. limiting contact, smaller group sizes, frequent hand washing, limited travel, no equipment sharing, physical distancing, etc.).

As a participant, preparing for a safe return to sport, recreation and fitness should start with following all public health recommendations and requirements, as well as adhering to any facility or activity guidelines set out by owners, operators, and activity organizers.

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Recreational Water Facilities

Peterborough Public Health is responsible for the inspection of all public recreational water facilities (public pools, public spas, wading pools and splash pads) in the City and County of Peterborough, Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations. Click here to learn more.

Outdoor Public Spaces

Outdoor public spaces, such as parks and trails, are important public spaces for the mental health and physical wellbeing of all residents. To ensure that these spaces can remain open and safe, operators and users will need to use appropriate public health measures.

Guidance for Urban Settings

Busy urban settings, such as a downtown area, provide an important mixture of amenities and services for residents. While this important mix of uses are needed to foster conditions favourable for long-term health and wellbeing, this does pose challenges for each individual using this space to effectively apply personal public health measures for COVID-19, in particular physical distancing. With this in mind, busy urban settings require mitigation measures to make sure there is safe access for all. All municipalities in the Peterborough region should consider which of their busy urban settings may need modifications. Use the following resources to determine the right combination of measures:

Guidance for Operators of Outdoor Public Spaces

Outdoor public spaces, such as parks, beaches, and trails are important amenities needed for the mental and physical wellbeing of our community. Depending on the location, these spaces can often become crowded with many users. To keep these spaces open and safe, operators will need to implement appropriate public health measures and ensure these measures are being followed by all users. Use the following resources:

Guidance for Users of Outdoor Public Spaces

To ensure the safety of all outdoor public spaces, users should:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Keep 2 metres physical distance from anyone you don’t live with
  • Wear a mask if keeping 2 metres physical distance is not always possible
  • Avoid crowded places, and try to visit when the park is less busy
  • Avoid arranging playdates for children as children will have difficultly remembering to maintain physical distancing requirements
  • Step aside or pass others quickly and courteously on walking paths and trails
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Bring and take home your own sports equipment and toys
  • Clean toys with soap and water thoroughly when you return home

Click here to learn more about outdoor activities that you can do safely during COVID-19.

Public Washrooms

Public washrooms are important facilities to keep open to ensure that all residents have access to hand washing facilities. Follow PPH’s Guidance for Public Washrooms to make sure these important spaces meet current COVID-19 protocols.