covid 19 virus

COVID-19 – Municipalities & Public Spaces

Lasted Edited/Reviewed: 8:33 a.m. December 2, 2020

Topics:

COVID-19 Response Framework
Libraries
Facilities for Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities
Outdoor Public Spaces (Guidance Document)
Public Washrooms (Guidance Document)
Public Beaches (Guidance Document)
Day Camps
Community Gardens
Farmers’ Markets
Pick-Your-Own Produce
Garage Sales


Libraries

In addition to the services resumed in Stage 2, libraries may reopen for all on-site services, as long as materials that are circulated, returned or accessed within the library are disinfected or quarantined before being recirculated. Libraries should operate in adherence with public health guidelines on physical distancing, capacity and hygiene procedures (e.g., disinfecting returns and high-touch areas like computers).

Workplace health and safety guidance for library employers and staff are available:

Workplaces are strongly recommended to review guidelines and take appropriate measures to keep employees and customers safe.

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Facilities for Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities

Facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities include recreational centres, community centres, gyms, and fitness studios.

  • Physical distancing must be maintained, except if playing a team sport or as needed for personal training.
  • The total number of people permitted in areas containing weights or exercise machines is limited to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres, which cannot exceed the indoor gathering limit of 50 people.
  • The total number people permitted in classes or organized activities at any one time is limited to the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of at least two metres, and cannot exceed the indoor gathering limit of 50 people or the outdoor limit of 100.
  • Assigned spaces are strongly recommended for organized fitness classes (e.g., by marking circles on the floor to designate where each person should exercise).
  • Gathering limits do not apply in all other areas (e.g., pools, tennis courts and rinks).
  • Equipment must be cleaned and disinfected between user sets or at the end of a game.
  • Any washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers or similar amenities made available to the public must be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  • Steam rooms and saunas are not yet permitted to open.
  • Ontario Guidance for Facilities for Sports and Recreational Fitness Activities During COVID-19. (August 14, 2020)
  • Playing Unorganized Sports Safely (November 4, 2020)
  • COVID-19 Public Health Guidance: Playing Organized Sports Safely (November 4, 2020)

KEEP RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES SAFE

Read workplace guidance to help develop and update your COVID-19 safety plan:

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Farmers’ Markets

If a Farmers’ Market within Peterborough City or County wishes to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, they must submit the following applications before opening to the public:

  1. A customized COVID-19 Action Plan (found here).
  2. An updated vendor list and assessment form (found here).

These forms and any questions should be submitted at least two weeks prior to market opening to mfaris@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

Farmers’ Market operators must be aware that though their Farmers’ Market may be able to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, they will not be able to operate as they normally would.  Items that can be sold will be restricted, as will the social activities typical of a Farmers’ Market.

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Pick-Your-Own Produce

Pick-Your-Own Farms are considered essential services in Ontario. It is important to follow farm guidelines and protocols when visiting. Take steps to stay safe and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

SAFETY TIPS – Pick-Your-Own Produce

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