Though hockey tends to top the list of winter activities, winter activities are also in season in Toronto. For many years, the city’s public recreation centres were one-size-fits-all. In 2017, the city rolled out a progressive set of rules designed to give locals more freedom to do things like skate and sled if they wanted to. The facilities were split into “express” sessions, full-time restrictions, and special “multi-use” hours.
But this week, the administration announced it is relaxing COVID-19, the department’s code of conduct for recreational centres. It means that the session limits will no longer apply to indoor activities, such as hockey, that occur in partnership with the public school board, or that have a sports theme, as long as it’s offered inside a supervised, safe environment.
“Individuals will be able to participate in activities at our facilities until 10:00 p.m. on a school night, and in some cases after that,” Toronto director of parks, culture and recreation Alan Goldbloom told the news station CP24.
This marks the second time COVID-19 has been rescinded. According to the Toronto Star, the rules were first relaxed in 2007.
While the move is long overdue, it comes at a time when people outside of Toronto are planning extreme winter activities, too. A viral video shows a woman in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, getting herself frozen to her butt. This stands in stark contrast to Toronto’s restrictions, which limit those activities to groups of 10 or fewer people, according to CP24.