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City opening some sports fields for training and practices

No games or scrimmages permitted and spectators are discouraged
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The city will be allowing sports teams to book certain fields for practices and training starting next week.

Physical distancing will still be maintained, limiting the type of practicing that can take place.

Some fields will open for use on July 13.

"Family members or guardians should avoid the field unless they are picking up or dropping off players. Everyone visiting a park or sports field must stay at least two metres away from people outside their household or social circle," said the city in a news release.

The city says it has contacted local leagues and user groups to start bookings.

“We know sports and recreation are important for a healthy community. We’re working through the emergency orders and guidelines to help people get out and play, while preventing the spread of COVID-19. We’ll start to see more people using the fields on July 13, and we’re taking bookings until October 5,” said Heather Flaherty, general manager of Parks and Recreation, in the news release.

Users must follow emergency orders from the provincial government, guidelines from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and sports associations. Fields will not be marked or lined for team play. Games or scrimmages are not permitted, and spectators are discouraged.

All leagues and user groups must ensure coaches, volunteers, parents and participants understand and follow guidelines.