COVID-19 UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 18th, 2020

Posted On Friday September 18, 2020

Gravenhurst, ON – The Town of Gravenhurst continues to be on track for a gradual re-opening of the Municipal Office with limited public access beginning on Monday, September 28th, on an appointment-only basis and only for marriage licenses and the commissioning of oaths and affidavits. All other services continue to be available virtually.

This week, the Graeme Murray Arena Ice Pad re-opened to gradual usage as the Recreation Division continues to work extensively with community stakeholders and user groups to accommodate a safe return to the rink while adhering to Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) guidelines. In doing so, Council authorized the recruitment of an additional arena operator to assist with operational pressures and to help maximize available time. Ice allocation will begin with approved youth hockey and ringette associations in a controlled manner, with a plan to slowly return public skating and eventually consider recreational leagues returning (subject to the successful and safe reintroduction of arena operations).   

During the Tuesday, September 15th Council and Committee of the Whole meeting, a fifth Pandemic Response Report was delivered by Administration. In the report, Administration outlined the ongoing work and dialogue that is occurring between the Town and Gravenhurst YMCA to accommodate and plan to re-open. “We still need a better understanding of what is required by the YMCA to begin re-opening the facility to their membership,” said Scott Lucas, Director of Community Growth and Development. “We know that the YMCA is exploring a variety of operating plans to accommodate the physical distancing requirements, and we understand this takes a substantial amount of time and thorough planning. Further communication is anticipated soon.”  Administration has committed to report to Council when more information is known.

The Town continues to actively monitor seasonal impacts to the community. The portable washrooms designated at various outdoor locations will be in place past Thanksgiving weekend for those visiting the area to see the fall foliage.

The Town of Gravenhurst reminds the public that the mandatory face mask order issued by the SMDHU remains in effect. When entering any public indoor spaces, masks must be worn. Should the public have any concerns or inquiries, they should contact the SMDHU.

As a reminder, the primary COVID-19 Assessment Centre for Muskoka is located at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge at 75 Ann Street. A secondary Assessment Clinic has been established in Huntsville starting September 18. The assessment centre will offer COVID-19 testing and assessments for anyone displaying symptoms or who believes a test is required at the Huntsville Active Living Centre every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-4pm.

For the latest information, and updates related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and local response, please visit www.gravenhurst.ca/covid19.

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