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Some Municipal Services to open starting May 16 as part of Provincial Phase One

The Province of Ontario announced on May 14, the re-opening of some services and businesses as part of the Stage One plan to re-open the Province. For more information about private businesses and Provincial services, visit Ontario.ca to read the news release.  

Some Municipal services are included in the Phase One plan with openings on May 16 and May 19. Physical distancing will play a key role in allowing the openings. Outdoor amenities will have informative signage for maintaining proper safety procedures. Compliance will be enforced by local by-law officers.  

Saturday May 16, 2020 

  • Boat Launches: Municipal boat launches will be opened over the course of the morning on May 16. One boat will be permitted to be launched or retrieved at a time. Boaters are asked to vary their launch times to avoid crowding.  
  • Tennis Courts: The Iroquois tennis courts will be opened to singles matches, without spectators. No doubles matches will be permitted during this time.  
  • Dog Park: Dog owners should reference the rules posted at the entrance.  
  • Marina: The Galop Canal Marina will begin preparations to open to the public. No boats will be accepted for mooring at this time; however, the launch will be open   

Tuesday May 19, 2020 

  • Construction: The Municipality will resume the review and acceptance of building permits, inspections and construction activities.  

As a public facility, the Iroquois Campground is not included in the Provincial directive for openings in Phase One. The Municipality continues to work on the new campground building in preparation for users when restrictions are loosened.   

Please remember that parks are open for hiking, biking and walking. Congregating is discouraged.  

“While we are glad to see the reopening of our economy and services to improve the lives of our residents, we would like to remind you to stay safe. Practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is not possible and avoid congregating with those outside your household,” said Mayor Steven Byvelds. “Our efforts are paying off but we must continue in order to keep our numbers low. Thank you to our residents, businesses and essential workers who are all doing their part.”  

The Province, local health units and Municipalities will monitor the spread of the virus during the weeks following the start of Phase One. Please note, if numbers increase, restrictions may be replaced to protect the community.