Toronto cancels city-run holiday camps due to COVID-19

Dec 17 2020, 8:47 am

The City of Toronto cancels all planned 2020 holiday CampTO winter programs in an effort to stop the further spread of COVID-19.

According to a news release, following recommendations from Toronto Public Health and Dr. Eileen de Villa, the city’s holiday camps, scheduled to run at 30 locations with 706 participants, have been cancelled, and refunds will be issued to those enrolled, including the Learn-to-Skate registrants.

There were close to 441 registrations for Learn-to-Skate programs and 4,919 instructional ski spaces available, although Instructional Ski registration had not yet opened.

“Earlier this year, CampTO programs provided Toronto children with a high-quality summer camp experience, inclusive of traditional camp activities, that incorporated public health measures designed to reduce the risk of virus spread, including physical distancing, smaller group sizes, daily health assessments and more extensive cleaning and hygiene measures,” said the city in the release.

“While CampTO operated safely and successfully over the summer with these measures in place, Toronto’s overall COVID-19 case numbers and daily case counts are much higher now.”

This cancellation does not impact leisure and drop-in opportunities at city-run outdoor ice rinks and other outdoor parks that are allowed to be open while Toronto remains under lockdown, according to the city.

“The City is reviewing operations of its Centennial Park and Earle Bales Park ski and snowboard centres, decisions to open the ski hills and offer leisure ski and snowboarding will be made following recommendations from Toronto Public Health.”

Depending on Provincial orders, winter recreation registrations and fitness programming will have to wait until more information is shared in January.

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