City of Toronto to begin reopening additional recreational amenities

With Toronto entering Step Three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, July 16, the City of Toronto is working to reopen additional recreational amenities, services and activities, subject to restrictions and capacity limits.

Effective Monday, July 19, the City will begin to reopen indoor recreational facilities, starting with most self-directed programs and services. City staff have worked closely with Toronto Public Health to implement adjustments to program capacities and parameters to meet new provincial guidelines.

Recreational amenities scheduled to begin reopening in Step Three include:

Monday, July 19

  • Indoor fitness centres
  • Indoor weight rooms
  • Indoor permits for meetings and events
  • Indoor walking tracks
  • Public access to community centre spaces for heat relief, washroom and shower access

Wednesday, July 21

  • Indoor lane and leisure swim
  • Indoor drop-in programs for sports and leisure

Monday, July 26

  • Enhanced Youth Spaces
  • Indoor aquafit classes
  • Indoor fitness classes
  • Seniors’ centres
  • Conservatories

New provincial requirements for Step 3 are:

  • A capacity limit of 50 per cent of typical maximum capacity applies to all indoor spaces, and physical distancing must be maintained.
  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public events are limited to 25 people. If the new maximum capacity is lower than 25 people, indoor gatherings are limited to that number.
  • Masks are required in indoor and common spaces but may be removed during physical activity.
  • Change rooms and club houses may reopen at 50 per cent capacity.

With Camp TO and COVID-19 response still in progress this summer, use of community centres for these purposes, including vaccine clinics, will continue to be prioritized. Summer activities will focus on self-directed activities, fitness classes and indoor lane and leisure swims. Instructional programming will ramp up throughout August and into the fall, as outdoor services wind down after Labour Day on Monday, September 6.

Access to community centres and indoor activities do not require reservations; however, reservations will be available for fitness centres, aquafit, group fitness classes and lane and leisure swim, with walk-in spaces also available. All other activities will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information about recreation in the city, including indoor and outdoor swimming, fitness and more is available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/.

Indoor exhibits, including Centennial and Allan Gardens conservatories are also able to reopen in Step Three. Allan Gardens conservatory is undergoing capital repairs and will partially open to the public. Outdoor exhibit capacity limits at Riverdale Farm and High Park Zoo expand to 75 per cent. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/zoos-farms/ and https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/gardens-and-horticulture/conservatories/.

In addition to these additional Step Three programs and services, the City continues to run outdoor recreational activities, including:

  • outdoor lane and leisure swim
  • outdoor fitness classes
  • CampTO
  • ParksPlayTO
  • Summer in the 6ix

A full list of changes to City services, including recreational amenities, is updated regularly, available here:  https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/

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"I’m delighted to begin welcoming back Torontonians to our City indoor recreational amenities. Staff worked closely with Toronto Public Health to follow provincial health guidelines to keep residents safe and active. A big thank you to staff who have worked tirelessly to start reopening City services and amenities."

- Mayor John Tory                                                                                                                           

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