When the COVID-19 pandemic struck Ontario this spring, it resulted in mass closures across many sectors within the province.
From an outdoor perspective, it affected everything from provincial parks to conservation areas and public spaces like parks, boat launches and other access points that anglers and hunters rely on to pursue their outdoor interests. Throughout it all, the OFAH worked hard to keep people informed on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis, with the changes through our COVID-19 closures webpage.
As we worked through that, we were also advocating with government officials to ensure that once the province began to talk about gradually reopening things, the that outdoor recreation was top of mind for all, including Premier Doug Ford. Click here to read the OFAH letter sent to Premier Ford on May 1.
Now, just a couple of weeks later, the province has announced that as of May 16, boat launches and marinas can re-open, as can rod and gun clubs, while fishing in provincial parks will also be permitted. Updated information on that can be found at www.ofah.org/covid19closures.
While not everything will reopen immediately, overall this is great news for those who enjoy the outdoors. Thank you to all the anglers and hunters who have been out already this spring, enjoying your favourite activities in a safe and responsible way. Your actions helped make today’s announcement possible. If you’re planning to get out this long-weekend, please continue to adhere to social and physical distancing guidelines and stay safe to kick off National Safe Boating Week.