New Masking Measures in Ottawa Playgrounds

Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vera Etches, has issued an order to require wearing masks at or within five metres of playground equipment.

That includes kids playing on or near play structures, swings, slides, climbers and sand boxes.

This masking requirement does not apply to an individual younger than 2 years of age, or a child who is under 5 years of age chronologically or developmentally, and who refuses to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.

The order takes effect at 12:01 am on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

While most outdoor park amenities are closed, you are allowed to walk, run and cycle through parks. You must keep a two-metre distance from others in parks, unless they are members of your household.

Benches and off-leash dog parks can still be used as long as people maintain a two-metre distance. It is highly recommended to wear a mask at all times while in the park.

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