Spring has sprung in Toronto, and a staple event for the season in this city is a visit to the High Park cherry blossoms. Well, as you already know, this spring is not an ordinary one. So there will be a few changes to our beloved seasonal tradition this year. The city just dropped all the info you need to know to enjoy the blossoms this year and we’re here to break it down for ya.

So we’ll get the bad news out of the way first: you won’t be able to travel to and crowd around the cherry blossoms in person this year. We know, we know, we’re disappointed too. But with COVID-19 still at large and the dangerous variants spreading quickly, health and safety is a top priority. If you’re a local, you’ll still be able to see them in person, but more on that in a bit.

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But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the blossoms at all! The city is bringing back its tried-and-true virtual platform that we first experienced last year. During pre and peak seasons, you can log onto the 24-hour, 4K BloomCam to catch all the action from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Now, this doesn’t mean High Park is outright closing for the season. It’ll still be open for local use only. This means that vehicle lanes will be closed off and there will be city enforcement officials present to ensure people aren’t crowding.

The areas where the cherry blossoms are located – on Cherry Hill, near the sports fields, and at the Jamie Bell Playground – will be fenced off to prevent in-person gathering.

You can read the City of Toronto’s full statement on the matter right here.