Toronto’s board of health is calling on the province to reopen outdoor recreational amenities that were shut when the current stay-at-home order went into effect. Board Chairman Joe Cressy says people need ways to get outside and enjoy the outdoors safely. The province shut outdoor recreational facilities — except playgrounds — last month, saying the measure is meant to discourage mobility at a time when residents are expected to stay home as much as possible. The government’s science advisers have criticized the restriction of outdoor activities, saying they will not control COVID-19 and disproportionately harm children and those who don’t have access to their own green space.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown has made multiple TV and social media appearances lately to question why outdoor amenities were closed down under the current stay-at-home order. The Mayor has pointed out that the Ontario Science Table never recommended closing outdoor activities. That was an initiative that the Provincial government implemented as their own measure.

Photo Credit: CP24 via Patrick Brown

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