An announcement from Health Minister Christine Elliot said the government will reopen outdoor recreational amenities “on or before June 2”. That is the same date for when the stay-at-home order is set to expire. Outdoor amenities have been closed since April 16 which was decided by the Ford government amid the third wave of coronavirus.
Numerous epidemiologists and public experts were upset with the Ford government as they argued the risk of contracting the virus outdoors is extremely low. Even advice from Ontario’s Science Advisory Table warned discouraging outdoor activity will not control the spread of infection.
Premier Doug Ford defended their government’s decision to close parks and more by saying it is a way to reduce mobility. Also, it will discourage people from leaving their homes for non-essential reasons.
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