Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Williams told reporters today that he is not happy to see today’s uptick in COVID cases to 390 after what had appeared to be a downward trend of several days. As a result, relaxation measures, such as allowing gatherings of more than five individuals are not imminent. Today 43 fatalities was the highest total in over a week. Williams did say that he is looking at long term care homes where there has not been an outbreak with an eye on letting families visit their loved ones. He acknowledged the strain the isolation has placed on seniors in these facilities.
Meanwhile, Toronto is easing some of the restrictions in parks and playgrounds. Today, the city reopened five BMX locations, 14 skateboard parks and four disc golf locations. By this weekend, the city says that picnic shelters, more than 300 soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, more than 300 baseball diamonds, and 150 basketball courts will open. The parking lots of many parks are also scheduled to reopen this week. Hamilton’s park car lots opened more than a week ago. As in Hamilton, Toronto’s opther park amenities, including playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, swimming pools and splash pads will continue to remain closed.