COVID-19 UPDATE FOR MAY 22nd, 2020

Posted On Friday May 22, 2020



May 22, 2020


Gravenhurst, ON – This week the Province extended all emergency orders currently in effect until May 29th. While orders have been extended, the first stage of Ontario’s re-opening plan began on Tuesday May 19th  with the gradual easing of some restrictions to businesses and some outdoor recreational amenities. The Town of Gravenhurst continues to respond to the easing of Provincial COVID-19 restrictions in a safe and phased approach.

Beginning Saturday May 23rd, the Staff Sergeant Larry Bigley K9 Park (Dog Park), Frisbee Golf Course within Gull Lake Rotary Park, and the Muskoka Bay Tennis Courts will open in Gravenhurst. Usage of these amenities will still be limited and all physical distancing requirements remain in effect. Please abide by the posted signage. Greenspace within Town parks continues to be open, but amenities within them remain closed. 

After thorough consideration of resource/financial impacts, and the ongoing restrictions to gatherings, baseball league rentals, third-party and Town-run community events, and the Town’s waterfront program, including lifeguard supervision and swimming lessons, are all effectively cancelled for the foreseeable future. The cancellation of Town-run community events includes Canada Day celebrations, ‘Cinema Under The Stars’, and ‘Make a Splash’. The Town’s historic ‘Music On The Barge’ outdoor concert series at Gull Lake Rotary Park has also regretfully been cancelled for the season given the circumstances.

Recognizing that the Provincial government has allowed marinas to open this week, the re-opening of the Muskoka Wharf Marina Docks A, D and E has been extended to May 25th. The delay is necessary to address physical connections and anchoring points at each dock. Public docking at Docks B and C are now available following emergency repairs to detached connection points following the spring ice thaw. 

The Town of Gravenhurst Building Division is accepting and issuing new permit applications. Work is permitted to begin and building inspections will take place in accordance with social distancing rules to ensure the safety of workers. For more information, please contact the Building Division at 705-687-3412 or email

Following the April 21, 2020 Committee of the Whole Meeting, a COVID-19 Financial Assistance Fund in the amount of $25,000 was established to assist community agencies and service clubs in Gravenhurst. Applicable organizations and groups wishing to apply for the COVID-19 Financial Assistance Fund may do so now by visiting

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 For further information, please contact:

Jason Harnett

Communication Specialist