17 Apr

NOTICE: Municipal facilities to remain closed until June 15

The municipality’s recreation facilities including the Crystal Palace, arenas, museums, and town halls will remain closed to the public until Monday, June 15 in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

As a popular tourist destination, municipal facilities are often used to host large events and gatherings beginning in late spring and early summer. However, given the current situation with COVID-19 and the information provided by public health experts, the municipality anticipates a gradual recovery will take place over several months.

“With group gatherings likely out of the question even beyond the current provincial declaration of emergency that’s in place until May 12, we felt it prudent to give event organizers ample notice so that they can make arrangements and avoid incurring any additional costs,” Mayor Steve Ferguson says.

The municipality closed all facilities back on March 15. In early May, the municipality will make a decision on whether the closures will extend beyond June 15.

“Even though this closure notice only applies to municipal facilities, I encourage private venue operators and event organizers to follow our lead,” Mayor Ferguson says. “We recognize the importance of events to the community and the local economy, but our primary concern right now is protecting the health and safety of residents. We look forward to encouraging and supporting events and gatherings at an appropriate time and featuring them as an important part of the County’s recovery from COVID-19.”

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19