09 May 2020 – Limited reopening of provincial parks and conservation reserves

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Environment, Tourism
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Reopening offices, businesses, institutions, and operations
Level of Jurisdiction: Ontario
Lead People/Agency: Premier of Ontario, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Deputy Premier, Minister of Health

Overview: The Ontario government is reopening provincial parks and conservation reserves for limited day-use access, beginning Monday, May 11, with continued openings until May 15, 2020. Activities are limited to walking, hiking, biking, and birdwatching, and buildings and facilities on these sites will remain closed. This is part of the province’s reopening framework, as restrictions begin to ease. Ontarians can access all parks and conservation reserves for free until the end of May. This intends to provide individuals and families with more activities to engage in.
Full details here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-opening-provincial-parks-and-conservation-reserves.html

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: Chief Medical Officer of Health; Framework for Reopening our Province, Protect and Support document
Evidence/Justification: This reopening action is based on Ontario’s framework for reopening the province, which was developed in consultation with health experts, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other government bodies. The government explains that this action is part of careful and cautious steps to reopen the province, following the framework.