If you were hoping to take in those High Park cherry blossoms this year, sadly, you might be stuck doing so through your computer. City spokesperson Brad Ross has reported that a plan is underway to help Torontonians enjoy the tradition of seeing the flowers bloom virtually, amid the city's new social distancing bylaws.
Ross appeared to confirm the news of the city's solution to High Park's famous crowding during the springtime event while talking on Toronto Now's NOW What podcast on Tuesday, April 21.
"We are going to have a virtual experience from High Park, a live streaming of the cherry blossoms. It won't be quite the same, we get that, but nothing's been quite the same since five weeks ago. The cherry blossoms will be there, but High park will be closed off to public access," Ross said, according to Toronto Now.
A statement emailed to Narcity by the City confirmed that Toronto is "developing a plan to ensure people can see the cherry blossoms in bloom online."
The City will share more details when they're available.
As for the timeline on that, it's being reported that further information about the live stream will be released later this week.
Mayor John Tory first revealed back in March that the city was considering closing High Park completely to prevent overcrowding during its popular cherry blossom season.
Tory also discussed the possibility of creating a "Cherry Blossom Channel" before adding that he would hesitate to shut down the park to enforce the city's social distancing bylaws.
"We have had a very preliminary discussion, and we will base it on the advice of the Medical Officer of Health," he emphasized at a news conference on March 26.
"But if people understand how the crowd scene arises out there each year, I think they will be able to read the tea leaves themselves in saying we're going to have to do something about that in anticipation of that," said Tory during a news conference on March 26.
At the moment, Toronto parks remain open.
However, outdoor amenities such as playgrounds and sports fields are closed to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in the 6ix.
Residents who disobey the city's new physical distancing bylaws could face fines of up to $5,000.
Toronto medical staff announced on Monday that the community-spread curve seems to be beginning to flatten.