NIAGARA FALLS, ON - On March 30, 2020 Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the Province had extended the March 17 Emergency Declaration under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Emergency declarations under the Act are for two weeks with two-week extensions. Extended also are all associated orders including the closure of non-essential workplaces and limiting social gatherings greater than five people.
In announcing the declaration, the Premier announced new orders to close outdoor recreational amenities such as sports fields, playgrounds, basketball courts, picnic areas, park shelters, community and condo gardens, and others.
Green spaces in parks and trails remain open for pass-through access, but visitors must continue to practice social/physical distancing.
In Niagara Falls, all park amenities and facilities are closed. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- sports fields,
- tennis and basketball courts,
- skate park,
- outdoor fitness equipment,
- dog off-leash parks,
- pavilions and picnic areas,
- Oakes Park including the track
If you need some fresh air and activity:
- It is okay to walk, cycle or jog through our parks, but please do not linger.
- Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from everyone else in the park or on a trail.
- Please take your waste home with you to dispose of it.
City crews will continue to install signs and restricting public access to outdoor amenities, where possible. By request from the Niagara Regional Police (NRP) Chief of Police, Municipal Enforcement staff will continue to enforce Municipal By-laws, and monitor and disperse any public gatherings observed throughout the City. Complaints regarding social gatherings more than 5 people on public or private property can be reported to [email protected]
Residents are encourage to visit www.niagarafalls.ca/covid19 to learn more about the City’s COVID-19 response efforts. To stay up-to-date with the latest advice from Niagara Region Public Health, visit www.niagararegion.ca/health/covid-19/default.aspx
For more information, contact:
Fire Chief, CEMC, City of Niagara Falls