Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said he believes there’s one major thing missing from today’s Step 2 reopening of the province — kids’ sports.
Speaking at his weekly news conference, Brown stressed the importance of allowing kids to participate in organized sports like soccer and baseball.
“It’s illogical for the province to ask kids to stay 9-feet away during organized sports,” said Brown.
“You can’t play soccer or run the bases that way. I’ve listened to the medical experts on this and everyone agrees outdoor activities are safe. Minor sports leagues are ready to go now and do it in a safe way.”
Brown would also like to see indoor swimming added to the open list.
“COVID-19 does not transmit through the water. Not everyone has a private pool they can access and it becomes an equity issue for many.”
As he has on other issues like splashpads and personal care services, Brown said he’d like to have the backing of the other mayors in the GTHA when he goes to the Province.
Note: The provincial rules only require three-metres of physical distance for fitness or exercise classes. “Team sports or games that may result in personal contact must not be practised or played at the facility unless the sport or game has been modified to avoid personal contact.”