Outdoor skating rinks and toboggan hills will remain open in Brampton during this current stay-at-home order.
The City of Brampton says the protocols it has in place have been approved by Peel’s health department and that people are encouraged to make use of these outdoor activates.
“It’s good for mental health,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “The last thing I want to do is close ice rinks and toboggan hills. It’s already bad with so many activities shut down. I think there is a mental health toll when your abilities to get out and exercise are restricted.”
Brampton’s plan for outdoor activities come as many municipalities across the GTA have closed down rinks and hills due to the spread of COVID-19.
“We did the opposite in Brampton,” said Brown. “Not only did we keep our rinks and toboggan hills open – and we got approval from public health – we had them endorse a winter activity plan called Brampton Winter Wonderland. And part of Winter Wonderland is knowing this was going to be a tough winter so we looked at what winter activities can we create that are safe.”
Part of the Brampton plan was to create four new artificial rinks spread across the city.
Although winter facilities are open, there are protocols in place and registration may be necessary to use. Follow this link for instructions on how to register for outdoor rink skating.