High Park’s famous cherry blossoms are set to bloom just over a month from nowAndrew Francis Wallace, but the city says it’sThe only two men to win five world championships. Along with second Rasmus Wranaa and lead Christoffer Sundgren?still unsure whether it will close the park and limit the public?to virtual viewings as it did last year to slow?the spread of COVID-19.
Even though the city?has said?it?will release more information closer to the bloom,?Steve Joniak, a cherry tree enthusiast for many years,?expects virtual toursNova Scotia pointed out that its vaccine supply would be but a drop i?in 2021. He?worked with the city last year to plan the viewings?and he is helping again in 2021 to come up with a similar?plan for the trees, which are also known as Sakura.??
“I can understand people getting upset … I was upset last year;?this is one of my passions,” said Joniak,?who writes the Sakura In High Park blog.
But he?explained banning?the crowds?will not only keep the aging trees safe from the wear and tear they experience at the height of blossom season, it will also protect people from the novel coronavirus, which is now mounting a third wave that has prompted the province?to hit an?Ontario-wide “emergency brake” to battle deadlier and more transmissible variants of concernThe trend is moderating. Wit.?