Tennis, anyone? Ottawa reopening some outdoor park amenities

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The City of Ottawa is restoring access to some outdoor park facilities and sports fields as part of Ontario’s early-stage reopening plans amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

City crews will immediately start installing tennis nets and unlocking access to off-leash dog areas across Ottawa, according to a release issued late Tuesday.

Mayor Jim Watson tweeted it will take roughly a week to put up nets in the city’s more than 280 tennis courts.

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Additionally, basketball courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds and skate parks are now open for resident use, provided physical distancing measures are maintained.

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Benches and picnic tables are also free for residents to take a load off in the warming weather, but the city cautioned that seating is not frequently cleaned.

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Ontario’s restrictions limiting gatherings of more than five people not from the same household remain in place.

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