The cherry blossoms in High Park are on track to bloom in late April or early May.
For the second year in a row, however, the cherry blossoms in High Park will need to be viewed virtually by the public as a safety precaution due to COVID-19.
Even though cases are declining and vaccinations are ramping up, with variants of concern on the rise, according to Sakura in High Park, the best course of action is a cautious approach.
There are “a fair amount of blossom buds developing on the branches” which means we should see “a good showing of blossom this year,” reads the most recent post on Sakura in High Park.
The City of Toronto recently announced that to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the cancellation of all major events will be extended until July 1. That goes for the cherry blossom viewings as well.
“The hope is to avoid the vast crowds at these events threatening to accelerate the spread and help keep everyone safe. With this announcement, it does appear the spring 2021 blossom viewing will once again be a virtual experience only,” the post added.
“It’s merely too risky to have the large crowds return to High Park for the time being.”
On Monday, Stay at Home orders were lifted in Toronto as it entered the Grey Zone.
Now retail can reopen with 25% capacity, however, indoor gatherings are still not allowed with outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people distanced.
Usually, the cherry blossom attracts thousands of visitors every year. For the first time last year, the viewing was done virtually on the BloomCam, which live-streamed the famous blossom trees in the park.
Sakura in High Park said there will be updates on the coming weeks ahead for the public.