May 19, 2020
By Christine Ross
It’s a day Toronto dog owners have been waiting for. The City has opened its more than 70 dog off-leash areas . While visiting a park, people must continue to practise physical distancing.
There are signs to remind dog owners to remain two metres (six feet) or three happy dogs apart while visiting the parks and dog off-leash areas.
The City’s COVID-19 Enforcement Team will continue monitoring popular parks across the city to ensure visitors don’t used closed park amenities and are practising physical distancing.
“One of our most popular parks amenities are off-leash dog parks. We are glad to be able to reopen the dog parks so that our beloved canine companions can again exercise in the City’s parks. I’m confident dog owners will do the right thing and practice physical distancing in these areas,” said Mayor John Tory.
Ontario officials confirmed today that outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, splash pads and other outdoor water facilities will remain closed until later stages of the reopening plan.