The city of Ottawa is clinging to large crowds at Mooney’s Bay Hill, which is immediately effective in amassing borders related to the new coronavirus pandemic.
The city issued a release Friday afternoon stating that sledding and tobogganing are prohibited at Mooney’s Bay.
Ottawa bylaws will increase patrols to enforce these rules in light of “consistent large crowds numbering in the hundreds over the past two weeks,” the statement said.
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Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s health officer, earlier this month issued a public health ordinance limiting crowds to a maximum of 25 at outdoor recreation facilities, including ice rinks, toboggan runs and ski slopes.
The parking lot at Mooney’s Bay will now be restricted to people who use the place for “authorized activities,” the city said, including cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the park.
The city pointed residents to an interactive map of hills where sledding is allowed on the municipal website.
Meanwhile, the National Capital Commission announced it will reopen Queen Elizabeth Driveway for pedestrians and cyclists starting Saturday, reintroducing its popular pilot project from the summer.
The roadway will be closed to vehicles from Somerset Street to Fifth Avenue between 9 and 17 for seven days a week, NCC says.
The Crown Company also plans to open the Rideau Canal Skateway next week – for local residents only.
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