The Hamilton Waterfront Trail, between Confederation Park and the Burlington Lift Bridge, will reopen on Saturday, Mayor Fred Eisenberger has announced.
In a press release Friday morning, Eisenberger also announced that beginning Saturday, parking lots adjacent to parks will be reopened,giving people easier access to city greenspaces and outdoor activities.
But the city is still cautioning that physical distancing and other restrictions about gathering are still to be observed.
“I encourage individuals and families to enjoy city parks and green spaces while also complying with public health guidance and provincial emergency orders,” Eisenberger said in the press release.
“Playground equipment, picnic benches, sports fields/courts and any other amenities remain closed at this time.”
Examples of activities that are permitted in Hamilton’s parks in groups of up to five people or members from the same household include:
- Playing catch, kicking a ball.
- Letting young kids run around.
- Walking or running on a track within a park.
- Having a picnic or playing on the grass, your own lawn chair or a blanket
- Personal yoga practice — not a group class.
- Kite flying.
- Personal fitness — push ups, sprinting, lunges, etc.
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Meanwhile, all escarpment stairs remain closed, the release states.
It notes that Albion Falls is closed to visitors and the parking lots at Albion Falls will also remain closed.
According to the news release, Hamilton Public Health Services continues to recommend limiting activities to members of individual households to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and maintaining a physical distance of two metres from those outside of your household.
Other public health recommendations:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
- Avoid contact with people who are ill and their items.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.
Exercising and maintaining an active lifestyle is an important part of keeping both physically and mentally healthy during this pandemic, the news release added.
“I am thrilled residents will now be able to enjoy our waterfront trail while continuing to practise physical distancing,” Eisenberger said.
“I appreciate the community’s efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and their patience as we continue to look at safely reopening additional amenities.”