Coronavirus Update - May 18, 2020

Media Release - Some restrictions lifted on outdoor spaces and amenities

Lincoln, ON — (May 18, 2020) — The Town of Lincoln is allowing residents greater access to some outdoor spaces, as the Province of Ontario cautiously embarks on its plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions.

While restrictions are still in effect limiting groups to no more than five people and requiring a two-metre physical separation, residents can use parks and outdoor sports fields, with some limitations. Activities that are now allowed in these areas include:

  • Relaxing in your own chair or on a blanket
  • Playing soccer or catch, flying a kite or other similar activities with members of your own household
  • Individual activities, such as yoga 

Some previously closed amenities are also re-opening, including:

  • Leash-free dog parks
  • Tennis courts
  • Boat launches 

When enjoying these spaces, residents should remember to follow best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19, such as cleaning your hands often, covering your cough or sneeze, maintaining physical distance and staying home if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who has the virus.
 
Amenities in municipal parks, such as playgrounds, benches and washrooms, are still closed. Bylaw enforcement will continue to enforce rules regarding groups of more than five people, dogs off-leash and anyone using closed park amenities.
 
Private campgrounds and parks can also open to prepare for the summer season. Access to rental camping services at a private campground or park is permissible if the trailer or RV hooks up to electric and water services and the rental period is for the full season. Those with seasonal leases can access and stay at their sites. This does not apply to people paying to stay for just one night/weekend. All amenities in the campgrounds remain closed.
 
On May 14, the province announced certain outdoor amenities, such as golf courses and marinas, could open on May 16. Tuesday, Ontario begins its first phase of economic recovery, lifting the closure of many non-essential businesses, such as retail operations and all construction projects.
 

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For more information, please contact:
 
Mike Kirkopoulos
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Lincoln
905-973-2314
mkirkopoulos@lincoln.ca
 

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