Some will require a day or two more for Town staff to prepare but the Town is now following Provincial Guidelines and opening up the Beach and Parks as long as social distancing is maintained. The Provincial rules allow reopening of “Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog areas and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters”. The Town is therefore opening tennis courts and pickleball courts although organized sports are still not allowed. Still closed are outdoor playgrounds, play structures, outdoor splash pads, swimming pools and “all communal facilities intended to be used by persons using outdoor sports amenities”. The beach will be open for “non-contact unorganized sports”, plus sun-bathing and presumably swimming, although non-family groups can be no more than 5 and everyone must maintain social distancing.
Official List of Reopening Amenities
- Boat Launch – The Cobourg Marina public boat launch ramp has reopened as of May 22, 2020. There will be no charge for the boat launch at this time until the Marina office reopens.
- Community Garden – The community garden has reopened for garden members only.
- Leash-Free Dog Park – The Cobourg leash-free dog park will reopen on May 23, 2020.
- Outdoor Recreational Amenities – Baseball diamonds, basketball courts and soccer fields will reopen on May 23, 2020.
- Parks and Beach – All Town parks, beach, outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters are open for non-contact, unorganized sport or activity use* only, while also maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person using the space. Organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people is strictly prohibited (unless part of the same household).
- Skateboard Park – The skateboard park will reopen early next week.
- Tennis and Pickleball Courts – Will reopen early next week.
* What Does “Unorganized Sport or Activity” Use Mean?
“Unorganized Sport or Activity” use shall mean a sport, game or activity that is not pre-planned by an individual, group or organization and is considered to be spontaneous.
- All outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment and portions of park and recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment.
- Outdoor splash pads and swimming pools
- All communal facilities intended to be used by persons using outdoor sports amenities.
Activities Not Recommended
COVID-19 can be transmitted by touching objects or surfaces the virus has landed on then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Activities that carry this risk are not recommended, even with physical distancing in place, including:
- communal meals, such as barbecues, picnics or drinks with friends and neighbours
- communal features, such as inflatables or trampolines
Activities Not Allowed
Under recent health orders, an activity is not allowed to proceed if it involves:
- league play, events, festivals or competitions
- any outdoor event or gathering of more than five people, including private gatherings such as backyard barbecues and weddings (unless part of the same household)
- a situation where physical distancing isn”t possible – people are required to maintain 2 metres (6 feet) from each other, unless they are from the same household
- attending most public recreation and private entertainment facilities, such as:
- swimming pools and gyms
- casinos and bingo halls
The Town warns that if these rules are not followed, the outdoor recreational amenities currently reopening could shut down once again to protect the health and wellness of the community.
Addendum – 24 May
Although the Beach is open for walking, sitting and sunbathing, washrooms are currently NOT open. Stay Tuned.