Keep in mind the current recommendations on social circles and gatherings when it comes to summertime activities. Find more information on both on our Your Health page.
Currently, playgrounds and play structures remain closed to the public. However, parks and open spaces, beaches, splashpads, and sporting fields (e.g., soccer, baseball, basketball courts, tennis courts) in our area are open for the public keeping in line with group-size limitations. Washroom facilities may be limited. To safely use these areas, it’s recommended that you maintain physical distancing from people not in your social circle, use hand sanitizer frequently or wash your hands if possible.
We are encouraging people to stay home as much as possible. Those who choose to head out camping or to their cottage are encouraged to go only with members of their household, bring food and supplies from home, remain in the PHU area if possible, maintain physical distancing, avoid visiting other cottages or hosting group events, return home if they start to feel unwell and to be safe while out. Also note that some campgrounds (such as provincial parks and conservation parks) are not allowing overnight camping so that might be something to consider as well.
Together, we want to limit the potential impact on Emergency Management Services (EMS) and the hospital emergency rooms. Attending an emergency outside city or town limits, can leave the community without services and put them at risk. The potential increased risk of injuries when camping can overwhelm hospital ERs.
For the same reasons above, fishing and hunting can bring risks that requires emergency services. At this time, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has not made any decisions to restrict, delay or cancel provincial fishing and hunting seasons, or restrict access to Crown land. However, some municipalities and Conservation Authorities have already restricted access to their lands and boat launches and some retailers that usually offer fishing and hunting licences are currently closed.
Although garage/yard sales are not prohibited, it is strongly recommended not to have one at this time. It invites people to make unnecessary outings and creates an opportunity for people to gather. It may be difficult to keep a 2-metre distance from others, and visiting several sales in the same day could increase the spread of COVID-19 dramatically, putting everyone who attends the event and their families at risk.
This a great time like any other to support our local farmers and shop local, but keep the public health measures in mind to make it safe for everyone. Be aware that it will look differently than in the past. There will be no communal tables or seating. When attending a farmers’ market remember:
Canadians are being asked to stay home and practice physical distancing to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. We know these new restrictions have the potential to impact the physical and mental wellbeing of residents. It is more important than ever to engage in a healthy lifestyle, which includes increasing physical activity, limiting sedentary time, getting a good night’s sleep and eating well.
For some, it is okay to go out for a walk, run, or bike-ride. Others may need to stay in their homes for their own safety and/or the safety of the community.
Follow the instructions for your situation below:
|Can I get fresh air on my private property (backyard, balcony, porch/deck)?||Can I go for a bike ride, walk, run, etc., off my private property?|
|Individuals who have returned from travel outside of Canada||Yes||No|
|Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 even if they are mild||Yes||No|
|Individuals who are a close contact of a confirmed/suspected case of COVID-19||Yes||No|
|All persons over 70 years of age||Yes||You are considered high risk for getting sick from COVID-19. Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges you to stay home.|
|Individuals who are immunocompromised (or underlying medical conditions)||Yes||You are considered high risk for getting sick from COVID-19. Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly urges you to stay home.|
|All other Cochrane district residents||Yes||Yes, but only if you can keep 2 metres from others and have NO symptoms of COVID-19.|
Unless you are told to self-isolate, practicing physical distancing can still include going outdoors, and being active outdoors. Note that parks are open but you cannot use the equipment (swings, etc.). Our neighbourhood sidewalks, streets, and multiuse paths can be your best options for getting outside and getting moving. Below are some important steps to follow before heading out:
Here are some age-based activity ideas:
For infants, under 1 year of age
For children, under 5 years of age
For children, and adolescents aged 5-17 years