The City of Greater Sudbury continues the safe and gradual reopening of public facilities and services, in line with the first stage of the province’s reopening framework.
Under the new provincial guidelines announced on May 21, residents can use municipal parks, beaches and open spaces for recreational activities alone or with members of the same household, for example, playing catch, reading a book, throwing a Frisbee, or doing personal fitness exercises.
Parks, beaches, trails, sports fields and other recreational areas and open spaces will be maintained to ensure public safety, however services may be delayed. This means grass cutting, garbage cleanup and other general maintenance activities may take longer than usual.
No lifeguard supervision will be available at municipal beaches. Rescue equipment will be placed at beaches, however, residents who choose to swim will do so at their own risk.
Daily inspections such as water safety checks will not occur.
- Provincial orders state anyone using outdoor spaces including parks or recreational areas must maintain physical distance of at least two metres from other people who not a part of their household. These orders also ban social gatherings of more than five people. To report violations, call 311.
- City by-law officers and contracted security will patrol the use of these spaces, and signage will be in place to remind users of rules.
- Where there are concerns that people are not practising physical distancing, or where the number of users creates a situation where it is not manageable, the City will further review and implement changes as necessary.
- Under the Province’s emergency orders, playgrounds, splash pads, field houses, and all indoor recreational amenities remain closed. Residents are reminded that washroom facilities at parks and beaches remain closed.
The City of Greater Sudbury operates seven beaches which are regularly staffed from June through to August. Lifeguard service has been suspended for the 2020 season.
For the most up-to-date local information on COVID-19, and for tips on preventing heat-related illness, visit the Public Health Sudbury & Districts website at www.phsd.ca/coronavirus.