Hot weather and lockdown combo draw the wrath of many

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BARRIE, ONT. – With summer conditions, many people in Simcoe-Muskoka were looking for ways to make the most of the weather amid a persistent lockdown.

“Every day for my health I have to do my walk; walking helps me breathe and makes life flow and everything flows in me,” said Mario Titus, who was out for his daily dose of exercise.

The province’s decision to extend the stay-at-home order and maintain banned outdoor activities, including golf courses and tennis courts, among others, hasn’t stopped many from trying. to find their personal space.

The two-week extension to the stay-at-home order has so upset a Barrie city councilor that he plans to ask his colleagues on Monday night to push the province to change its mind.

“I plan to ask the council to speak directly to the province to change the restrictions we have on our outdoor facilities like tennis, like pickleball like any outdoor activity as long as social distancing is approved,” the councilor said. from Ward 10, Mike McCann, to CTV News.

For now, businesses and individuals are looking for ways to stay open and safe. Malones in Barrie started using his barbecue on the weekends when the third stop started, and it paid off.

“We tried to find a creative way to generate more business; it’s not your usual box, so it’s a little more fun and interactive with people,” said owner Sara Lynne Maloney, saying it was so successful that she wished she could do it full time. “This stop and go, go, stop, go? Okay, there might be a light at the end of the tunnel, then the lights will go out again. It’s getting tiring, and people are fed up.”

Councilor McCann says that if his request is denied by council, he plans to ask bylaws officers not to issue tickets to anyone who participates in closed outdoor activities during stay-at-home orders.


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