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Rideau Canal to Open This Winter Despite Restrictions

After consulting the health authorities, the National Capital Commission (CCN) continues its preparations for the safe opening of the Rideau Canal. The goal is to provide exercise space only.

The CCN recognizes the importance of going out for exercise during the pandemic, said the commission in a press release released Wednesday evening.

According to Valérie Dufour, senior manager of strategic communications at the CCN, the Rideau Canal will be open for skating. On the other hand, there will be no hut to change or to eat. The National Capital Commission will set up more places to wash hands and directional stairs to access the rink. Due to provincial public health guidelines, the bistro CCN of the Rapides-Remic park will not open as long as the state of emergency lasts, also indicates the press release.

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The CCN ask skaters to wear a mask.

The CCN also plans to open a section of the Queen Elizabeth Driveway 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for active users. It will therefore be closed to motorists like this summer.

Green light for outdoor activities

In addition, the measures on outdoor activities were specified at the end of the day on Wednesday.

Outdoor skating rinks, cross-country ski trails, trails and parks will be able to continue their activities.

However, the authorities ask to practice the chosen sport in a family bubble and to respect social distancing.

Team sports, however, are not permitted and the ski hills remain closed.

Krystal Jameson owns the ice rink River Oak, 30 minutes from downtown Ottawa. Several health measures are in place at home to limit the risk of the spread of COVID-19. No more than 25 people are tolerated at a time on the ice, the wearing of a mask is obligatory when the skates have been put on and visitors must register in advance, to control traffic.

Krystal Jameson is the owner of the River Oak Rink.

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The latter applauds the flexibility of the Government of Ontario with regard to outdoor sport activities and emphasizes the importance of being active during a pandemic.

There are several people who do not have access [à des infrastructures pour faire du sport] at their home. To tell people who will not be able to leave their homes for several weeks, I think it will have a lot of negative effects from the point of view of the mental health of people, but also on the companies, which like us, do their best to comply with the regulations, commented Ms. Jameson.

With information from Estelle Côté-Sroka, Nicole Chiasson and Aimée Lemieux

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