COVID-19 – Sports, Recreation & Public Spaces
Last Edited/Reviewed: 3:56 p.m., February 17, 2021
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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:
- Peterborough Public Health’s COVID-19 Response Level
- Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework – Government of Ontario
- Guidance for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities during COVID-19– Government of Ontario
Sports & Recreation 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.
- Many Provincial Sporting Organization have created safe return to play resources.
- All coaches and sport volunteers must ensure they adhere to all public measures including use of personal protective equipment, where appropriate.
Sports & Recreation 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.
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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, such as parks and trails, are important public spaces for the mental health and physical wellbeing of all residents. 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 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.