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Canada Toronto to close all city-owned playgrounds, parks amid coronavirus outbreak

22:25  25 march  2020
22:25  25 march  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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a large red chair in front of a building: A playground © Andrew Cromwell/Global News A playground

Toronto Mayor John Tory says all city-owned playgrounds will be closed effective immediately amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Tory said all other park amenities will be closed as well, as part of the city's efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Chief Matthew Pegg said gates will be locked and non-gated areas will be taped off.

Included in the closures are picnic site, park shelters, sport courts, off-leash dog parks and trails, skate parks, frisbee-golf and outdoor fitness equipment, tennis courts and community gardens.

Tory recently declared a state of emergency for Toronto on Monday, marking the first time the city has been under one.

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The emergency declaration gives Tory the ability to make certain decisions that normally require full city council approval.

On Monday, the City of Mississauga announced the closure of playgrounds, sport courts, skateboard parks and leash-free zones.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Ontario had 671 active cases of coronavirus, nine deaths and eight resolved.

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