Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park was recently under fire this week after drawing massive crowds who blatantly ignored social distancing guidelines set by the City to reduce the current spread of coronavirus.
After both the City and park-goers received wide-spread backlash, staff have responded by painting white social distancing circles on the grass in the downtown park, in an attempt to reinforce the safety measure.
City crews arrived at the park Thursday morning and began painting the white circles at around 8 am, and the symmetrical spheres are painted six feet apart from each other, which is the recommended length suggested by health officials to stop the spread of the contagious novel coronavirus.
I’m down at Trinity Bellwoods this morning, where workers are beginning to paint circles on the grass indicating proper physical distance pic.twitter.com/ARL9yMSgmj
— Jenna Moon (@_jennamoon) May 28, 2020
During his daily COVID media briefing on Wednesday, Mayor John Tory announced park staff would be at Trinity Bellwoods on Thursday morning to begin painting the circles on the grass ahead of the weekend.
Tory said the circles will help “illustrate proper physical distancing” and “help with the measurements but also help to ensure compliance in a place where we simply have to do better.”
During Wednesday’s briefing, Toronto fire Chief Matthew Pegg, who is also the city’s emergency management office manager, said there will also be a strong enforcement presence at Trinity Bellwoods Park this weekend to educate individuals and ensure that measures are being adhered to.
Alongside Toronto’s initiative, social distancing circles have also popped up in city’s where residents have limited access to public space including at parks in Brooklyn and in San Francisco.
Here’s a look at the work done in Trinity Bellwoods so far.
Circles being painted at Trinity Bellwoods Park this morning pic.twitter.com/ntUYUkDi3C
— Jane Wilson (@janemwilson) May 28, 2020
— Miranda Anthistle (@Mirandanthistle) May 28, 2020