Media Release - Hanover Relaxes More Rules for Parks, Open Spaces, Library Curbside Pickup


The Province previously announced that Ontario is officially in the first stage of its Framework for Reopening the Province. In consideration of this, the Town of Hanover is further relaxing some restrictive measures at parks, trails, and open spaces as part of a careful and cautious approach to expanding access to the outdoors amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

The following activities are now permitted in the Town of Hanover:

  • The Rotary Dog Park is now open. Please follow safety precautions posted on the gate to the park.
  • Benches in parks, open spaces and the trails are permitted to be used. Please follow precaution signage.
  • Playing catch, throwing a frisbee, kicking a ball, flying a kite with members of your household in parks and open spaces.
  • Individual activity such as personal fitness exercises (not a group class) in parks and open spaces.
  • Trails are open. Please follow safety precautions posted along the trail.
  • Park visitors are encouraged to bring their own chair or blankets for sitting in parks and open spaces.

The Town is continuing to work on putting in place appropriate procedures to ensure the safety of our residents and the staff that maintain these facilities. Until further announcements are made, the following remain closed to the public:

  • Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields.
  • Outdoor picnic sites, pavilions, shelters and public washrooms in parks and recreational areas.
  • Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment.
  • Skateboard park.

 Hanover Public Library is now accepting return of library materials through the drop box only. Preparations to provide curb side pickup are progressing well, and may possibly begin as soon as next week if all required systems are in place.  Please contact the library or watch library social media, website and email for an announcement when those services will begin.

The Town of Hanover would like to remind residents of the potential for the circulation of COVID-19 in our community. Residents are still required to practice 2m physical distancing, limit public gatherings to groups of 5 or less people not part of the same household, wash or use hand sanitizer before eating or drinking, wash hands immediately upon returning home, avoid crowds at parks, trails and open spaces, and leash dogs at all times.

Municipal by-law enforcement will continue to enforce gatherings larger than five people, dogs off-leash, and anyone using closed park amenities.

More information can be found at or for information from the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

 Updates on Town of Hanover operations can be found at or by following #InThisTogetherHanover

Media Contact

Brian Tocheri, CAO/Clerk             
Town of Hanover                                                                   
519.364.2780 x1228