Covid-19 Current Status, shutdown province wide

COVID-19 – Sports, Recreation & Public Spaces

Last Reviewed/Updated: 9:01 a.m., April 21, 2021

As of 12:01 a.m. on April 8, 2021, A province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order are in effect. Click here to learn more.


On this page:

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. Use these following resources:

Guidance for Teams and Clubs

Organizers of sports and recreation teams and clubs must ensure their activities are modified to meet current COVID-19 requirements and recommendations. Use these resources:

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. smaller group sizes, frequent hand washing, limited or no 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.

Click here to learn more about ways to prevent COVID-19

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 ensure 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 ensure that these spaces can remain 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 public spaces, users should:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Do not gather with people outside your household
  • Wear a face covering/mask when it is difficult to maintain 2 metres physical distance
  • Avoid crowded places, and try to visit when the park is less busy
  • Do not arrange play dates 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 ensure these important spaces meet current COVID-19 protocols.