ROCKWOOD – Guelph-Eramosa has now opened parks and outdoor sports facilities.
The township announced the openings on May 27 in response to phase one of the province’s reopening plan.
“While park amenities reopen, health measures and precautions remain critical to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community,” states the township press release.
“This includes physical distancing, and limiting the size of gatherings to no more than five people, unless they are from within the same household.”
The following Guelph-Eramosa recreation facilities are now open:
- outdoor sports fields and baseball diamonds;
- benches, picnic tables and park shelters;
- skatepark; and
- basketball courts.
Township officials say they are working with the Rockwood Tennis Club to reopen courts for public play. Once open, guidelines for return to play from the Ontario Tennis Association will be posted at the court entrance. Doubles play will not be permitted and a maximum of six people at one time will be permitted within the tennis court enclosure.
The municipality is reminding residents that team and large group play is prohibited at all facilities and users must adhere to the following rules:
- stay two metres away from others using the facility;
- avoid gatherings of more than five people;
- sneeze or cough into your sleeve or elbow or cover with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- if a park space that is too crowded, wait until there is enough space to properly practice physical distancing or return at another time; and
- dogs must be licensed and leashed at all times.
The following remain closed: outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment; splash pad; the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre in Marden; Rockmosa and Marden Community Centres; the Rockmosa Older Adult Centre; and public washrooms.
For the latest information residents can visit the township website.