By Muhammad Ali
Toronto – Just last week, Toronto mayor John Tory stated that time is may be nearing to reopen certain public amenities. It was on March 25, when the city of Toronto announced they would be closing most public places in response to COVID-19. The action to close more than 1,500 public places was done in order to prevent more coronavirus infections and contamination. To enforce this policy, police guarded public areas and fines up to $5,000 were guaranteed for people who tried to violate the new legislated rules. Other regional municipalities in the GTA and the province of Ontario have issued similar temporary laws.
As of May 19, off leash dog parks in Toronto were reopened. Now the city plans on opening many public and sporting amenities. From May 20 till May 25 the city plans on opening 300 baseball diamonds, 300 soccer fields, 600 tennis courts and several picnic spots. Thus, they plan to reopen 850+ public amenities. However, team sports will not be allowed and these parks will be monitored by law enforcement and parks staff. In Kitchener, dog parks, basketball courts and benches were reopened recently.
Certainly, coronavirus has presented several trials and tribulations for people and governments across the world, so people need to escape and countries should reopen. Cases of mental health complications have reached very high levels, so reopening may alleviate the general population. However, the idea of reopening has met some criticism amongst several in the medical community Epidemiologists and other experts are urging people to not disregard the threat the coronavirus that it still holds and are warning people to brace for a second wave of COVID-19.