Town of Orangeville planning to reopen some recreational venues in coming weeks

June 18, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

With Wellington and Dufferin counties included in the area that will be involved in the provincial Stage 2 plan to start opening some amenities, the Town of Orangeville is now reviewing programs and facilities in preparation for getting things moving.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that some regions would be included in a second phase aimed at re-starting some businesses as well as some recreational facilities.

This may included pools and splash pads.

Orangeville’s Town staff are currently reviewing the guidelines as set out by the province and seeking further direction from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

“We are taking all precautions and putting plans in place to make sure our facilities will be operated in a safe way.” said Raymond Osmond, general manager of community services. “We are committed to taking all the necessary measures to protect residents and staff. Up until now we have been working with various program scenarios, but now we need to develop protocols that take into consideration the specific restrictions for physical distancing, limits on the number of patrons, and rules for what amenities can and can’t be opened. We need to bring back the necessary staff who are currently on layoff and provide training on these new guidelines and procedures.”

Currently, plans are underway for the re-opening of pools for public lane swimming and splash pads as well as an Active Orangeville Youth Summer Series program.

For indoor facilities there will be physical modifications need to ensure patrons can use them safely. For outdoor facilities there will be rules established and signs installed to ensure compliance with current restrictions.

The plan is currently under review and more announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

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