Winnipeg fields and playgrounds reopen under latest public health orders

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The city of Winnipeg’s playgrounds and sports fields are open starting Tuesday, after being closed for more than a month due to pandemic public health orders.
Officials have already started removing signage indicating the areas were closed, Mayor Brian Bowman said, following new orders released last week.

“To be clear, the playing fields and sports fields are open as the process unfolds,” Bowman said.

“I am very happy that residents now have more options available to them to get out and get active safely.

Playgrounds and sports fields have been closed in Winnipeg since November 10, as Manitoba prepared to enter the red, or critical, level on the province’s pandemic response scale.

After new orders took effect on Friday, Bowman said the city had obtained clarification from the province, confirming the areas were now allowed to be opened.

More information on recreational activities permitted under the orders can also be found on the city’s website, Bowman said.

“These activities include things like hiking trails, cross-country skiing and cycling,” he said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I encourage residents to check out this web page if you plan to participate in any of these or other outdoor activities. ”

Bowman urged all Winnipeggers to follow public health advice to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“I also want to stress that our residents continue to practice the fundamentals if you venture out of your home and into these public spaces,” he said.

“Stay home if you are sick and wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance. ”

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