In an effort to deter crowding over COVID-19 concerns, the city of Toronto will livestream the cherry blossoms in High Park this year, mayor John Tory confirmed to CP24.
The city is expected to make a formal announcement for their plans on Wednesday. The plan will include strict restrictions on people visiting the park to see the blossoms in person.
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“We are going to be outlining the plan for the cherry blossoms today and it is not going to be one that people are going to be thrilled with because if you were planning on a trip out to High Park we are going to be very much discouraging that because of the crowding and the spread of the virus,” Tory said. “But we are going to be indicating some details of a streaming service so people can look at the blossoms from home anytime they want or from their iPad in the back of a taxi if they want.”
Tory did not say if a full closure of the park will be in effect. The city has closed all of its park’s amenities, but has allowed green space to remain open to the public.