Ontario Is Reopening Outdoor Activities Including Everything From Golf To Basketball

Just in time for the long weekend!

Toronto Staff Writer

Just in time for the Victoria Day long weekend, Ontario's outdoor activities are reopening as part of the province's gradual return to normal.

Premier Doug Ford announced on Thursday that outdoor recreational amenities are permitted to reopen on Saturday, May 22, so long as they comply with the public health guidelines in place.

Skate parks, golf courses, driving ranges, tennis courts, basketball courts, and football fields are among the amenities allowed to welcome people back, as well as boat launches and parks with outdoor fitness equipment. However, change rooms remain closed, as well as pools, saunas, and indoor fitness centres.

Under these new rules, the province will also allow outdoor gatherings of up to five people, as long a social distancing is being practiced.

Ontario's three-stage reopening plan has also been revealed. Unlike the colour-coded framework, the new plan will be provincewide and will be based on the vaccination targets that can be reached.

Step one is set to begin in mid-June when 60% of Ontarians have received their first dose and will permit in-person retail and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.