The City of Pickering joins other municipalities by announcing it has closed all of its municipal playgrounds and play structures in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

These closures are effective immediately, and signage will be posted at each site.

“While we understand the need for children to go outside, play, and remain active, we acknowledge that it would be very difficult to maintain appropriate social distancing at playgrounds, which typically attract many users,” Pickering Deputy Mayor Kevin Ashe said. “In addition, playground equipment by nature is comprised of tactile, high-touch surfaces which cannot be sanitized after each use.”

Senior levels of government are advising residents to stay home and be safe. However, if there is a need to go outside to be physically active or pick up household necessities, residents are asked to abide by hygiene and social distancing protocols.

City Hall is closed to the public, but it remains partially staffed and residents can connect through email, telephone, and live chat during regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call 905-683-7575 or email

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