Last updated: August 10, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.
The public can learn what to expect at beaches, dog parks, parks, swimming pools, and tennis courts as well as public washrooms.
Community gardens exist on both City of Toronto and private property. Allotment gardens are permitted through the City of Toronto and are located on City property. In this document, garden member refers to gardeners at community and allotment gardens. This document provides interim directions for managers and participants of community and allotment gardens to help reduce the risk of COVID-19. Any person that uses community or allotment gardens must do so in accordance with these directions.
The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 is greater in older adults, individuals with a weak immune system, and individuals with a pre-existing medical condition. Toronto Public Health (TPH) strongly encourages residents who are at higher risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 infection, such as those over the age of 70, to limit interaction with others, and stay home as much as possible. If you are an older adult (aged 70+), an individual with a weak immune system, or an individual with a medical condition, it is recommended that you take additional precautions to protect yourself from COVID-19.
This guidance provides simple strategies for operators to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep everyone safe. Whether private or public, each golf course is unique. It is therefore the responsibility of each facility to review their policies and set up to ensure that infection prevention and control measures are followed. Stay informed through our website at toronto.ca/COVID19, as information changes frequently.
The use of non-medical masks or face coverings is required in all indoor public spaces, as per a new City of Toronto bylaw. Operators are required to develop a policy and protocols on the wearing of masks. Train staff on the new bylaw policy, including who is exempt and the proper use of a cloth mask or face covering. More information about the bylaw is available here. The mask bylaw has a set fine of $1,000 for each offence.
Frequent handwashing is a good for everyone. When that is not possible, have hand sanitizer dispensers (70-90% alcohol concentration) available in all communal areas.
Download and print posters for entrances and/or other locations:
Information can also be communicated on the golf course website, through automated booking systems, telephone messages and/or e-mail subscriptions.
Guidance and advice for golfers should be posted on the website and tee-time booking pages:
Note: Disinfectant wipes may have a combined cleaning and disinfectant in one solution, but depending on how dirty the surface is it may need to be pre-cleaned as disinfectants may become ineffective when dirt is present. Check instructions on the product’s label.
This guidance is intended to support sports and recreational fitness activities, including:
Note: Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars remain closed.
Under Ontario’s Reopening Ontario Act – Stage 3 Orders, facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities may open if they comply with the following conditions:
All owners and operators of gyms, fitness studios and sports facilities have a responsibility to assess the risks associated with their facility and operations, and their ability to mitigate these risks. They are responsible for implementing measures to reduce the risk of infection among all those who participate in their activities (e.g. staff, volunteers, attendees).
Respiratory transmission: COVID-19 is an illness that is spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact from respiratory droplets of someone with COVID-19. The respiratory droplets can travel up to two metres/six feet when we cough, sneeze or talk.
Contaminated surfaces: It is possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. The virus can survive on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to 72 hours.
More information about COVID-19 can be found in the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Fact Sheet.
This interim guidance is to support owners and operators of indoor playgrounds to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Indoor playground facilities may have different structures, policies and operation of play, and it is the responsibility of owners/operators to ensure infection prevention and control measures are implemented and maintained.
Owners and operators should prepare their indoor playground facilities to comply with all emergency orders, the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, and these public health guidelines so that they are ready to reopen safely. Please check www.toronto.ca/COVID19 regularly for any updates to further control the spread of infection or to loosen restrictions.
Effective July 7, 2020, the use of non-medical masks or face coverings is required in all indoor public spaces, as per a new City of Toronto bylaw. Operators are required to develop a policy and protocols on the wearing of masks. Refer to the guidance on mask and face covering bylaw for a sample policy that your organization can adapt. More information is available here.
Read Toronto Public Health’s Guidance for Outdoor Playgrounds and Fitness Equipment (also available below) and download the outdoor playgrounds poster (for use when playgrounds are permitted to reopen when Toronto enters Stage 3).
Owners and operators of outdoor playground and fitness equipment need to implement infection prevention and control measures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission for users. Revised or updated guidance may be issued to further control the spread of infection or loosen restrictions. Please check our website periodically for updates.
Post signs in highly visible locations to remind everyone to practice preventative measures. Signs can include the following points:
Garbage bins have removable linings, and are changed frequently to prevent overflow.
Recreational water facilities including, public pools, spas, wading pools and splash pads, are required to operate according to Ontario Regulation 565 – Public Pools. The following recommendations are intended to help owners and operators of these recreational water facilities reduce the spread of COVID-19. As every facility will be different, it is ultimately the responsibility of owners and operators to review their own policies, procedures and site-specific circumstances, and assess their ability to deliver aquatic programs and activities while ensuring that the appropriate infection prevention and control measures are implemented and maintained.
Recreational water facilities are currently subject to the Province of Ontario’s Emergency Order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. On June 24, 2020, certain categories of businesses and facilities will be permitted to reopen when Toronto enters Stage 2 of Ontario’s Reopening Framework. However, it is important to note that all indoor and outdoor spas and water slides will not be permitted to open at this time. Owners and operators should prepare their facilities to comply with these public health guidelines and/or other provincial requirements such that they are ready to reopen safely.
More information about COVID-19 can be found in the Toronto Public Health (TPH) COVID-19 Fact Sheet.