Residents who planned to spend their self-isolation congregating in Toronto's parks are now being told to stay away. Mayor John Tory announced on Wednesday that the city would be restricting access to all city-owned amenities in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The new closures will block off hundreds of playgrounds, sports fields, and other outdoor amenities to the public until further notice.\nKamil Karamali from Global News reported that crews have spent the morning taping off parks so that residents won't be able to use them. This even includes using zip-ties to connect swings so they become unusable to the public.\nHigh Park is also closing off its roads and is not allowing cars to travel or park throughout the park at this time, according to Carl Hanstke from 680 News.\n"Beginning tomorrow, signage will be erected across Toronto's parks amenities to advise of closures, including playgrounds. Where fencing or gates exists, they will be locked. Unfenced playground structures will be signed and taped off. Parks green spaces will remain accessible, but all amenities within City parks will be closed," reads a statement on the city's website.\nThe widespread closures come as an attempt to stop large groups of people from "using parks and their amenities to congregate."\nIt's worth noting that city officials are still encouraging people to get occasional fresh air and exercise. However, it's also urging residents to stay home as much as possible.\nIf residents refuse to listen to these new rules they could face fines of up to $5,000.\nCar free #highpark 😁 Physical distancing is easy, and I don’t worry about getting hit riding the zoo road. Win win. pic.twitter.com/SmwihB686p— Heather (@steelha1) March 26, 2020\nView this post on Instagram A park deserted because of this virus. I can’t wait for the days where social distancing and self isolation is over. #travelgram #parkscanada #toronto #sunset A post shared by Pictures That Look Perfect (@pocket_pictur3) on Mar 26, 2020 at 5:34am PDT\nSince the announcement, images of abandoned parks and facilities have already begun popping up online, highlighting just how empty Toronto is becoming during its shutdown.\nMany playgrounds that are often filled with children are abandoned, and fields are empty.\n"For those who don’t know this park, it is usually JAMMED with people," wrote one Instagram user as they posted a photo of an empty Trinity Bellwoods Park.\nView this post on Instagram Dog Hill High Park this morning A post shared by Katrina Herrndorf (@redfreddesign) on Mar 26, 2020 at 7:13am PDT\nView this post on Instagram For those who don’t know this park, it is usually JAMMED with people. Especially on a nice day. Good on ya, Toronto. 👍🏻 #socialdistancing #walkinghelps #walkinghelpsclearthemind A post shared by Jeanne-Marie (@jmrobillard) on Mar 25, 2020 at 2:08pm PDT\nAs much as it will cause further discomfort and disruption, the steps we are taking today are based – as we have based all decisions around protecting the public – on the strong recommendation of our Medical Officer of Health," Tory said.\nHowever, it's not just public parks that are shut down to the public during this time.\nMany GTA hiking trails and conservation areas were also shut down on Wednesday as part of Ontario's initiative to curb the spread of COVID-19.