Watch: Mayor John Tory announces all City-owned playground and park amenities to close immediately

Signs about the closures will be posted immediately

Mayor John Tory has announced that the City of Toronto will be closing all City-owned playgrounds effective immediately.

The new effort means that all playgrounds and other parks amenities will be closed in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. “Effective today, all facilities within the city’s more than 1500 parks are closed to the public to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Tory explained in a video filmed from his home. “This includes playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, sports courts, leash-free zones, picnic shelters, sports fields, skateboard parks, and other parks amenities.”

Signs about the closures will be posted immediately, as it is not safe to gather there right now.

Check out the announcement in full below.