Posted On Friday June 12, 2020


For Immediate Release

June 12, 2020



Gravenhurst, ON – Today, the Town of Gravenhurst moved to Stage Two of the Provincial Re-opening Plan. The most notable change will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the Province, while still adhering to physical distancing requirements. This will also be an important day for our local economy as more businesses and services are permitted to re-open with proper health and safety measures in place.

“Reaching Stage Two is a great step forward for our community, but we must remain cautious,” said Mayor Paul Kelly. “I want to continue to thank everyone who has been doing their part to keep Gravenhurst safe. As a reminder of the many ways you can help reduce the ongoing threat of COVID-19, including social distancing, hand sanitizing and wearing face masks, I encourage your family to visit the Stop the Spread of COVID-19 section on the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) webpage. There are some very helpful pieces of information available there,” the Mayor added.

As the Town continues to assist local businesses and stakeholders with the resources and information they require, the status of our facilities and recreational amenities are regularly being evaluated through best practice guidelines. We are moving forward to implement elements of Stage Two into our operational strategy, where appropriate, and where the Town has the resources and capacity to do so. “Currently staff are working with the SMDHU to have our Muskoka Wharf Splash Pad tested and inspected and ready for use in the very near future,” said Andrew Stacey, Director of Infrastructure Services. There will also be new guidelines for the safe use of the Splash Pad once it re-opens. We will continue to update the public on our progress,” said Stacey.

The Town will not be proceeding with summer ice availability this year, as it has in the past. All ice rentals at the Graeme Murray Arena have been cancelled for the balance of the summer. Several new changes to operations and cleaning regiments are expected to be in place when the arena re-opens. The Town continues to review best practice community sporting guidelines.

Further details on the tentative steps to safely re-open Town facilities will be presented at the upcoming electronic Council and Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th at 3:00 p.m.  A full agenda is now available at Those wishing to view the meeting live can do so by visiting on June 16th.

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Jason Harnett

Communication Specialist