It’s one of the city’s favourite signs of spring, and this year, it looks like it will be delivered in digital format. While residents won’t be able to view Toronto’s cherry blossoms in person due to crowding, there are plans to have the bloom available online.
Brad Ross, Chief Communications Officer at the City of Toronto, told Daily Hive that they are developing a plan to “ensure people can see the cherry blossoms in bloom online.”
As for the full details, they aren’t available yet.
But online blossoms are better than no blossoms.
Every year, High Park attracts thousands during peak cherry blossoms season in April and May.
Last year, due to heavy traffic, High Park was closed to all non-essential vehicles 24-hours a day during the peak bloom.
Now, to discourage gatherings, the City of Toronto closed amenities at all parks and playgrounds last month as part of the continuing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
This includes 1,500 parks in the city as well as, playgrounds, fitness equipment, sports courts, leash free zones, picnic shelters, sports fields, skateboard parks, and other facilities.
All city-led major mass participation events planned for Toronto have officially been cancelled, through to June 30, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mass cancellation was made in response to the recent provincial emergency order to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people.
In March, Sakura Watch, which provides updates on the blossoms every year, said it would be pausing its posts to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.