Ottawa imposes capacity limits on outdoor rinks, toboggan runs and ski trails

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Ottawa says no more than 25 in outdoor recreational facilities.

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The City limits the number of people who can congregate on outdoor rinks, toboggan runs and ski runs.

Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Dr. Vera Etches, released a letter Thursday setting the maximum capacity for outdoor recreation facilities at 25 people. Signs indicating masking and capacity limits will also be required at these facilities.

The by-law comes into effect on Sunday, December 26 and applies to both city-managed and private-sector landscaping.

“These capacity limits apply to all operators of outdoor recreational facilities, such as ice rinks, toboggan runs and walking, snowmobile, cross-country ski, snowshoe and fat-bike trails. . Parking lots, locker rooms, outdoor rental counters and trailheads in particular can become congested, ”a press release from the city said.

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The 25-person limit has been set so that anyone meeting at an outdoor recreation facility can safely maintain a distance of two meters between them.

The city’s four outdoor refrigerated rinks, however, have different capacity limits and each has its limit posted on-site, although two-meter distance requirements still apply.

Anyone accessing outdoor recreational facilities, including spectators, is required to wear masks. The mask is “highly recommended” for those who practice physical activity.

“Failure to comply with these regulations can result in a fine. If you witness any activity of public safety concern, please report it to 3-1-1, ”the city press release said.

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