Residents are encouraged although not mandated to stay home. For a start, policing the exceptions like buying groceries or picking up take-out meals would be difficult. In addition, many people go for a walk to get fresh air or walk their dogs. But now, to increase the pressure to stay home, the Government of Ontario is ordering the closure of all outdoor recreational amenities and this means that the Town of Cobourg is doing the same. On March 23, the Town closed all play equipment and play structures but now, effective immediately, the Town of Cobourg is closing all outdoor recreational amenities including the dog park, beach, skateboard park and tennis courts. Closing our “Blue Flag” beach (see photo and link below) and presumably Victoria Park is a big deal – let’s hope it does not continue into summer.
Spelling it out, the Town says:
Effective immediately, all public or private, outdoor recreational amenities in Cobourg (and across Ontario), including but not limited to sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog park, beach, skateboard parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens and park shelters will be closed. Tickets and/or fines will be issued for those who do not adhere to the closure.
Green spaces in parks, trails and ravines can remain open for pass-through access only and visitors must maintain practice social/physical distancing of at least two metres apart from others.
This means there are no outdoor facilities for sports or recreation of any kind.
Presumably dog-walking is allowed but not encouraged since the Province is encouraging “complete stay at home”. And I’d guess that walking across Victoria Park (or other parks) to go shopping or return home is OK?
For the latest as it affects Cobourg, go to this page.
- Ontario Government announcement closing all outdoor recreational amenities
- Cobourg’s Blue Flag Beach
- List of Cobourg’s Parks