Ottawa’s parks and green spaces are about to get some new staff members. Starting on Monday, “Park Ambassadors” will be patrolling the city’s busiest parks, seven days per week. According to Mayor Jim Watson, they’re there to “provide guidance” when it comes to social distancing protocol.\nThis week, the City of Ottawa will be launching their “Park Ambassador Program,” which comes just days after restrictions for using green spaces were relaxed.\n"We’ve identified the City’s busiest parks and our Park Ambassadors will circulate among them," a statement from officials explained.\nBetween noon and dusk every day of the week, six teams will visit four parks every day, for a combined 24 parks per day.\nAccording to the official notice, the purpose of the new staff members will not be to enforce rules, but to help provide social distancing education.\n“Park Ambassadors are not going to give out tickets,” the City assured residents on Friday.\n“They are not by-law enforcement officers or police officers and have no authority to enforce regulations,” the statement continued.\nInstead, the staff members are there to “educate and inform,” and provide information about how to use the newly reopened parks safely and in accordance with the City’s latest COVID-19 guidelines.\nQuestions about what’s okay and what’s not okay in #OttCity parks? Be on the lookout for our Parks Ambassadors! They can answer your questions and provide info so you and your loved ones can stay safe and have fun while #PhysicalDistancing. https://t.co/Pbh0x0mzHZ pic.twitter.com/ZmunXPWcDl— City of Ottawa (@ottawacity) May 8, 2020\nSpeaking about the new staff in the City’s parks, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson explained, “Parks ambassadors are trained city staff that can provide guidance for residents who are using some of Ottawa’s busiest parks.”\nHe continued, "They can provide information, answer questions and clarify any confusion about what’s permitted in city parks, while maintaining a safe two metre distance from others.”\nThey’ll be dressed in green t-shirts or red coats, and will be seen circulating the green spaces in pairs.\nICYMI - Some activities in #OttCity parks are now permitted but, the use of playground equipment & amenities are prohibited to stop the spread #COVID19. Be on the lookout for our Parks Ambassadors who can answer your questions about what's okay in parks! https://t.co/J1skH1nCz6 pic.twitter.com/l64iDsxwbQ— City of Ottawa (@ottawacity) May 10, 2020\nWhile Ottawa’s parks and green spaces have officially reopened to the public, there’s still a number of rules that must be followed when out-and-about.\nFor example, park amenities such as play structures, ball diamonds, benches, skateboard ramps, basketball and tennis courts are still prohibited.\nAdditionally, a distance of two metres from others must be maintained at all times, and gathering in groups of five or more is still banned.\nGreen spaces (areas without amenities) in parks are now open. 👉https://t.co/qMpiE56FPYThank you for adhering to physical distancing requirements and not gathering in groups of more than five.Here is what remains CLOSED by Provincial Order:#OttCity pic.twitter.com/vIitAqiUvA— Ottawa By-law (@OttawaBylaw) May 6, 2020\n“As further restrictions on parks and public gatherings are relaxed, our Park Ambassadors will still be in place to help inform and educate users about those changes,” the City added in their statement.\nStarting today, some retail businesses in Ontario will also begin reopen, although this is for curbside pickup only.\n*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.