Outdoor Recreation Spaces Guidance
This guideline applies to businesses, services, and organizations that maintain and operate outdoor recreation spaces for public use, including trails, parks, playgrounds, beaches, outdoor gyms, and any other outdoor recreation space.
Core measures required by all businesses, services, and organizations that maintain and operate outdoor recreation spaces:
- Develop and follow an operational plan detailing how risk of transmission of disease will be mitigated.
- Take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people (including employees and/or clients) within two metres of each other.
- Take every reasonable step required to prevent employees who are required to self-isolate from entering workplaces.
- Develop and follow an exclusion policy that ensures symptomatic employees are immediately excluded from work activities.
- Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
- Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees.
Additional measures for businesses, services, and organizations that maintain and operate outdoor recreation spaces:
- Enhance cleaning and disinfection of recreational equipment.
- Drinking water fountains must be closed.
- Where washroom access is provided:
- Ensure hand washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available for use, and re –stocked as needed,
- Clean and disinfect frequently, and
- Consider limiting the number of available stalls and urinals to discourage overcrowding in washrooms.
- For amenities that are not serviced or serviced infrequently (e.g. playground equipment/outhouses) provide signage indicating that it is to be used at one's own risk.
- Print and post signage outlining policies and procedures such as:
- Physical distancing expectations,
- Hand hygiene,
- Respiratory etiquette (coughing and sneezing), and
- Avoid overcrowding. Individual groups must not exceed the restrictions on personal gatherings.
- Cleaning and disinfection practices and expectations.
- Print and post signage to notify individuals that they should not be on the premises if they have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, weakness, and/or acute loss of sense of taste and smell.
For users of outdoor recreational spaces:
- Group sizes must comply with the personal gathering restrictions, unless an operational plan has been developed for an organized gathering in communication with the facility.
- Ensure frequent hand hygiene for everyone before, during and after outdoor play.
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water or, when unavailable, with hand sanitizer of 60-80% alcohol
- Refrain from touching your face.
- If an area is busy, such as playground equipment or park space, come back when it's not as busy or use another play area.