City of Pickering closes playgrounds and play structures

Posted on Monday March 23, 2020

Update #4

Pickering, ON, March 23, 2020 – The City of Pickering has closed all of its municipal playgrounds and play structures in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

These closures are effective immediately, and signage will be posted at each site.

“While we understand the need for children to go outside, play, and remain active, we acknowledge that it would be very difficult to maintain appropriate social distancing at playgrounds, which typically attract many users,” said Deputy Mayor Kevin Ashe. “In addition, playground equipment by nature is comprised of tactile, high-touch surfaces which cannot be sanitized after each use. We feel these measures are necessary because the transmission risk is just too great among children.”

Senior levels of government are advising residents to stay home and be safe. However, if there is a need to go outside to be physically active or pick up household necessities, residents are asked to abide by hygiene and social distancing protocols. Namely, use extra caution and good sense when outside of the home, and maintain a 2 m (6 ft) distance from anyone else not from the same household.

Although City Hall is closed to the public, it remains partially staffed and residents can connect through email, telephone, and live chat during regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

T. 905.683.7575

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As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

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Mark Guinto
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