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Physical distancing circles due to COVID-19 returning to Trinity Bellwoods Park

Last Updated Apr 23, 2021 at 10:50 am EDT

People sit within circles painted by the city in Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park, as a measure to enforce physical distancing on May 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Summary

City crews plan to begin painting the circles next week


The circles were first introduced last summer as a means to encourage physical distancing for park-goers


For the second year in a row the City of Toronto will be installing social distancing circles at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

The circles were first introduced last summer as a means to encourage physical distancing for park-goers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

City crews plan to begin painting the circles next week, though it will be entirely weather dependent.

In a release, City officials said they recognize that many urban dwellers living in apartments and condos lack yard space for exercise and fresh air while the provincial stay-at-home order is in effect.

“Trinity Bellwoods Park is a popular location for many downtown residents and the painted physical distancing circles will help keep people safe while using the park,” officials stated in the release.

“Residents are encouraged to visit their local parks rather than travel to destination parks. If a park or amenity such as a playground is crowded, people should visit another park or return at another time.”

The City still encourages residents to follow the provincial stay-at-home rules and only leave their residences for essential reasons.

“We continue to work to give people safe outdoor places to get outside for fresh air and exercise during the pandemic,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

“We know Trinity Bellwoods is a popular park so we’re proactively putting the circles in place this year to help make sure we’re encouraging people to be safe.”

The circles were installed in late-May last year after thousands of people flaunted social distancing rules at the park when summer weather arrived.