PRO Knowledge Hub
PRO has created a forum for members to discuss and share resources. We have created a specific forum for COVID-19. Click here to login and join the discussion.
See below for recordings of webinars PRO has hosted to provide information and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entering the Virtual World: Bringing your Camps and Programs Online, April 29, 2020
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Parks and Recreation, April 2, 2020
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|Government of Ontario||
Detailed list of Stage 1 Reopenings (May 15) - Note, any changes to provincial orders are expected by Tuesday
|Ministry of Health|
|New Brunswick||Guidance for child care/children's programs|
To get a glimpse on what the future of reopening Ontario may look like, PRO has been reviewing the re-opening plans of both the Saskatchewan and the New Brunswick governments. Click here to read the plan from Saskatchewan which will open parks and campgrounds on June 1st during phase 1, childcare facilities during phase 3 and recreation facilities during phase 4. Click here to read the plan from New Brunswick and see page 8 for details about opening outdoor recreation.
The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries is asking for feedback from the sector on the impact of the pandemic. They would also like your opinion on what government can do to support the sector. Click here to take the short survey.
What can local Parks and Recreation do?
The province-wide state of emergency means all indoor facilities providing recreation programs must be closed, along with licensed childcare. Some municipalities and other recreation providers had already taken this step, and we have no idea yet what may be coming in the next weeks or even months. Parks, trails and Conservation Authorities continue to provide opportunities for recreation, but we have also been told to practice social distancing. Here are a few common themes that are emerging:
Public Health Experts
Everyone should be working with their local public health officials to ensure that all public notices, procedures or policies are based on the current evidence. Things are changing so rapidly that we need to have open lines of communication.
Use of Public Outdoor Space
Public health officials are asking everyone to practice social distancing by keeping six feet of distance between individuals. In a playground, that can be a challenge for families. Again, work with your local public health unit to ensure you are responding appropriately and providing consistent messages to your citizens. Consider talking with your public health unit about providing guidance for outdoor play through signage, public service announcements or other methods of direct communication with the general public. Offer ideas for activities for families that limit close contact.
Taking the advice of public health, consider turning off outdoor drinking fountains and drinking fountains in other public buildings that remain open. Put up additional signage about hand hygiene in park washroom facilities if they remain open.
Long term impact on planning and staffing
The experts can’t yet predict when we will be “back to normal” or what the “new normal” might be. Contingency and emergency planning is going on in our communities, but we must also plan for a return to providing the vital programs and services. When the situation stabilizes, PRO will bring together senior leaders from across the province to discuss common approaches that we can take as a sector.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS?Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit if you are experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a healthcare professional. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.