Now more than ever we need to embrace the outdoors and soak up the sun.

While still in the midst of a global pandemic, going for a walk, hike, or bike ride can do wonders for your mental health. Looking for a safe way to get outdoors in Toronto and Mississauga? We've got some tips to help you navigate outdoor spaces during the pandemic.

 

Preparation

Before exploring the outdoors, it's important to ensure your safety by applying sunscreen, wearing a hat and sunglasses, staying hydrated, and packing your face mask. While it's not necessary to wear a face mask outdoors, it's important you carry one with you. Be ready to put it on if you find yourself in a situation that warrants it.

 

Social Distance

In Toronto and Mississauga, all parks and beaches are open; however, if residents are caught ignoring mandated guidelines, they may receive a $750 or greater ticket as per the physical distancing bylaws. Tickets are given to anyone who gathers in groups, does not remain 6 feet from others, or uses closed playgrounds and park amenities. 

 

Find The Best Time For You

During the pandemic, it's okay to go for a walk around your neighbourhood, jog along city sidewalks, or cycle through various city trails. You can even have a picnic, play outdoor sports, or use a public barbeque pit with members of your household. Public pools, splash pads, and wading pools are also open with physical distancing orders. It may take some trial and error to find the right time to head out without running into crowds. 

 

Initiate Social Distancing

When you approach others outdoors, immediately put space between you. Don't expect others to move for you, take the initiative and move out of the way. This may mean you need to step off the sidewalk onto the grass, put on your face mask, or when other options are unavailable, turn around and head the other way.

 

Remember to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Remain physically distant from others and don't leave your apartment if you are unwell.