COVID-19 UPDATE FOR OCTOBER 23rd, 2020

Posted On Friday October 23, 2020

Gravenhurst, ON –  On Tuesday, October 20th, Town Council met electronically to conduct regular business and receive their first electronic deputations since the beginning of the pandemic. A sixth pandemic status report was presented by administration, as well a re-opening strategy and request proposal by the Gravenhurst YMCA.

During the Committee of the Whole meeting and through the pandemic status report, it was revealed that the Town is projecting a year-end surplus of approximately $500,000. This can be attributed to costs associated with reduced service levels and reduced staffing in addition to responsible steps taken to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. 

For the most part, Subcommittees of Council have not met during the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. While some limitations still exist, Council directed administration to begin the process of reinitializing Subcommittee meetings upon further consultation with their members.

The Gravenhurst YMCA, who suspended all operations at the Centennial Centre since March due to COVID-19, made a presentation to Council outlining their strong relationship with the community and existing partnership with the Town. In the presentation, it was made clear that membership retention is anticipated to be a challenge in the fitness industry and the YMCA’s Chief Executive Officer, CAO, Rob Armstrong advised that they will need increased financial support in order to open their doors.  

Following the presentation, Council agreed to fully support the Gravenhurst YMCA’s request for additional subsidy of $62,000 to offset financial impacts of COVID-19.  “Council is sending a clear message that we appreciate the partnership with the YMCA, and are anxious to have them open their doors to the community in a safe manner” said Mayor Paul Kelly. Funds to support the YMCA will be offset through the Federal/Provincial Safe Restart Funding initiative that the municipality received in August. 

The YMCA indicated that they intend to begin a four-phased re-opening strategy beginning in January 2021 with the gradual re-introduction of membership to the various programs and services offered by the YMCA, including the re-opening of the pool.

For the latest information, to book an Online Appointment with the municipality, Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Testing Clinics in Muskoka, and updates related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and local response, please visit www.gravenhurst.ca/covid19

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