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  • Newmarket reopens more outdoor amenities for residents to enjoy over the long weekend

    Created: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

    Newmarket reopens more outdoor amenities for residents to enjoy over the long weekend

    With the long weekend and warm weather just around the corner, the Town of Newmarket is beginning to reopen more outdoor amenities to the public, with the majority expected to be reopened by the weekend. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise among the younger population and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of all outdoor amenity users, the Town is reminding users to follow the rules posted at each location. If the rules aren’t followed and safety cannot be assured, the Town will have no choice but to close the amenity within 24 hours.
     
    “We are beginning to notice large gatherings at some outdoor amenities, in particular, basketball courts,” says Mayor John Taylor. “It’s important that our residents go outside for much-needed recreational activities, however, it’s even more important that the rules posted at each location as it relates to physical distancing and social gatherings are followed. If safety cannot be maintained, we will have to make the difficult decision to close the amenity within 24 hours.”
     
    Residents are reminded to follow the rules posted at each location, to use these amenities at their own risk and to be courteous and share the space with the community. Please limit the time spent at each amenity to ensure others have a chance to use it. If the amenity is busy, and physical distancing is not possible, please consider returning at a later time.
     
    Please follow the rules posted at each location for the following amenities:
     
    Basketball Courts 
    • No games or league play allowed
    • Social gathering rules as set out by the Province of Ontario must be followed
    • Safe physical distancing of at least 6ft./2m. must be followed at all times
    • Please wear a mask or face covering if safe physical distancing cannot be maintained
    • Please share this space with the community
     
    Tennis and Pickleball Courts (majority will be open by the weekend)
    • Please share this space with the community and limit the time play to 45 minutes or less
    • Social gathering rules as set out by the Province of Ontario must be followed
    • Safe physical distancing of at least 6ft./2m. must be followed at all times
    • Please wear a mask or face covering if safe physical distancing cannot be maintained
    • Please wash/sanitize your hands after opening and closing the gate
    Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment
    • Please share this space with the community
    • Please sanitize your hands after visiting the playground or using the outdoor fitness equipment
    • Safe physical distancing of at least 6ft./2m. must be followed at all times
    • Please wear a mask or face covering if safe physical distancing cannot be maintained
    • Social gathering rules as set out by the Province of Ontario must be followed
     
    Global Pet Foods Newmarket Dog Park presented by Snapd
    • Social gathering rules and capacity limits for each park must be followed
    • Safe physical distancing of at least 6ft./2m. must be followed at all times
    • Please wear a mask or face covering if safe physical distancing cannot be maintained
    • Please sanitize your hands after opening and closing the gate
    • Please remember to pick-up after your pet
    Newmarket’s trail system
    The Town offers over 44km of walking and bike trails linking more than 20km of trails from the Town of East Gwillimbury through to the Town of Aurora. Be courteous and share the trails with all users (walkers, runners, cyclist etc.). Stay at least 6ft./2m. away from others, keep to the right and pass on the left.
     
    Cyclists are reminded to use safe speeds, avoid cycling on busier paths, warn pedestrians by using your bell if you need to pass (slow down and pass at a lower speed) and to dismount and/or slow down at bridges.
     
    Pet owners are reminded to keep their pets on a leash at all times and to pick up after your pet.
     
    If the trails are busy and safe physical distancing cannot be maintained, consider going to another trail or returning at a later time. There are a vast number of trails nearby such as trails within the
     York Regional Forests. Learn more about other alternative trails in and around Newmarket at newmarket.ca/parks
     
    For more information on what’s open in Newmarket, please visit newmarket.ca/reopen.

    For more information and updates, visit newmarket.ca/covid19 or follow us on social media @TownofNewmarket on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
     
    For more information on COVID-19, visit York Region Public Health’s website at York.ca/covid19 or the Province of Ontario’s website at ontario.ca/coronavirus