If the warm weather and luscious nature weren’t enough reasons to spend time outdoors , here’s another one. It may soon be legal to drink alcohol in parks. At least, that is what Toronto City Councillor Josh Matlow is trying to make happen. The request was made in a letter addressed to the City’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee.
“As we approach the second summer of the pandemic, public health officials recognize the reality that, especially after a year in isolation, people need to socialize,” the letter stated, as per CTV News. “It is up to us as policy makers to create environments where those connections with friends and family can be made in the safest way possible way.”
Councillor Matlow also highlights that this would be a viable option for residents who don't have a patio or balcony. The parks would provide a safe outdoor environment for people to spend some time with their loved ones, especially for those who are living alone. According to Matlow, it would also prevent people from having huge indoor gatherings, which are presently more unsafe.
The motion will be considered at the next Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 28th. If launched, the pilot program would be similar to that of Vancouver from last year. Residents would then be allowed to drink from 21st May to 31st October, between the times of 11am and 9pm.