Restrictions ease for sports and outdoor activities, in first step of roadmap for reopening


London, Ont. –

Outdoor sports fans rejoice this weekend as Ontario enters the first leg of the Roadmap for the reopening plan.

On Saturday at North London Athletic Fields, many athletes were still playing two-on-two in sports ignoring the new number allowances.

The number of people allowed to participate in outdoor activities doubled on Friday, from five to ten.

“I can’t wait to be able to help more kids,” said Blake McConnell-Barker, fitness trainer and owner of Barks Training Center.

McConnell-Barker coached four athletes outside in a field on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s nice to go out with my friends to work,” says Logan Grimbleby, a fitness class participant.

Allowing more people to participate at the same time can be good for customers and good for business.

“Obviously it helps to have more kids, but I’m doing it because I love to do it, but definitely in terms of income it will help,” McConnell-Barker said.

In addition to sports and outdoor activities, with restrictions relaxed, campgrounds could once again welcome overnight visitors from Friday.

For weeks they were allowed to open, but only for day passes.

“I’m just happy that the park is open and that we can have weekends again,” says camper Kendra Mrakich.

Ricardo Machebo took advantage of a spring cleaning, getting his trailer ready for a long weekend.

“I can’t even imagine not being able to be here, this is my getaway,” Machebo says. “You wait all winter to come here, it’s my little oasis.”

Ricardo Machabo at his campsite north of London, Ontario. on Saturday June 12, 2021 (Jordyn Read / CTV London)

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