Sometimes, all change takes is one messy day. Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park is officially getting a new look to help with social distancing. Mayor John Tory announced on May 27 that social distancing circles are being painted in the park on May 28 to help with combating the spread of the virus.
During the live briefing, Tory made sure to give an update on the current situation of Trinity Bellwoods.
After last weekend's fiasco as huge groups decided to swarm the park, neglecting social distancing rules, Tory has decided to implement this idea.
"Park staff will be in Trinity Bellwoods Park tomorrow painting circles on the grass of that park which will both help to illustrate proper physical distancing and the measurements but also help to ensure with compliance in a place where we simply have to do better," said Tory via the live stream.
Toronto has been toying with the idea, which was inspired by a park in Brooklyn, New York, after witnessing first-hand the overwhelming chaos at Trinity Bellwoods Park last Saturday.
The circles have also been adopted in San Francisco and seem to have been largely successful in both cities.
So, if you plan to head over to Bellwoods this weekend, you should expect to have to claim a circle when you arrive or otherwise head somewhere else, instead.
That goes for you too, Mayor Tory!
There was no mention of whether other parks could be set to get the same treatment.
After last weekend, though, it doesn't seem like other parks shared the same problem. At least, not to the extent where it felt like an outdoor festival.
As for further expansion if the Trinity Bellwoods pilot proves a success? Some of Toronto's beaches could use it right now, judging by footage shot by a Toronto police officer on Wednesday.
The news about the piloting of the circles in Bellwoods came during the same press briefing where Toronto staff announced a neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood breakdown of COVID-19 cases is now available.
And, perhaps surprisingly, according to the now-updated map, the Trinity Bellwoods area seems to only have 30 cases of COVID-19. That is one of the lowest totals in the city.
Still, though, the City is determined not to let Saturday's scenes happen again anytime soon.
Hopefully, that means no more pooping on lawns.