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Kawartha Lakes plans for safe reopening of services under orange level restrictions

Orange restrict level

Orange - Restrict level


Kawartha Lakes – The Province-wide shutdown order will expire on February 16, as will the stay-at-home order for regions outside of Toronto, Peel and York. The municipality will return to the revised COVID-19 Response Framework at the Orange-Restrict level as determined by the province based on public health indicators within the HKPRD Health Unit.

Although the stay-at-home order will no longer be in effect in Kawartha Lakes, residents are strongly advised to follow all public health advice. This means you should:

  • stay at home as much as possible — only leave the house for essential trips such as food, medication, medical appointments or supporting vulnerable community members
  • stay at home when ill, even with mild symptoms
  • avoid social gatherings
  • limit close contact to your household (the people you live with)
  • work from home if you can
  • avoid non-essential travel

Services reopening under orange restrictions

Most of the 200 municipal programs and services remain operational, with restrictions.

Ice pads targeted to re-open February 16 include Lindsay Recreation Complex, Fenelon Falls, Emily-Omemee, Woodville, Manvers and Little Britain. 

  • Current ice rental contracts will be honoured. Minor Groups with a current contract requesting additional ice time will be considered.
  • No new rental contracts will be issued for the remainder of this ice season which ends March 31. The next season of ice requests for the Lindsay Recreation Centre have been circulated to user groups.
  • Masks are mandatory in all areas of these facilities except for on-ice activity.
  • Zero tolerance for violating COVID-19 protocols remains.

Lindsay Recreation Complex and Forbert Memorial Pool targeted to re-open February 22, subject to Health Unit approval

  • Limited access to pool area based on capacity restrictions.
  • The winter program session has been cancelled and Spring program information will be released soon.
  • Pre-registration for all drop in programs (Aqua Fitness, Fitness Swims and all Public Swims) will be required. Registration will open online beginning Tuesday February 16 through the Kawartha Lakes Online Program Registration website:
  • Masks are mandatory in all areas except for in-water activity.
  • No new rentals/contracts will be issued for the remainder of this session.

Fitness Classes, Programs, Facilities and Memberships

Fitness Centres and Weight Rooms at the Lindsay Recreation Complex and Forbert Memorial Pool and Workout Centre in Bobcaygeon will re-open on Monday February 22 with updated health and safety measures in place.

All term memberships for both the Lindsay Recreation Complex and the Forbert Memorial Pool will be reactivated as of February 22. Monthly ongoing membership holders will be required to contact the Fitness Coordinator prior to Tuesday February 16 to complete the reactivation in order to be able to register online for swims and fitness classes. Members not wishing to reactivate their membership at this time are asked to contact the Fitness Coordinator by calling 705-324-9411 extension 1555 or by emailing: prior to February 18.

Individuals with active memberships will be required to pre-register online for drop in fitness classes and weight room. Pre-registration will be available starting February 16 through the Kawartha Lakes Online Program Registration website:

The winter program session has been cancelled and Spring program information will be released soon.

Community Hall use to re-open February 16

  • Current hall rentals/contracts will be honoured.
  • New hall contracts will only be issued to Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit residents.
  • Limit of 50 people permitted for indoor events.
  • Masks are mandatory in all areas of the facility.

Municipal Service Centres to re-open in Lindsay, Coboconk and Omemee on February 16, with restrictions.

Libraries will resume limited in-person service on February 16 at Lindsay, Fenelon Falls and Omemee branches. All other branches are offering pre-arranged pick-up service. Visit or call 705-324-9411 ext. 1291 for details.

Provincial Offence Court
Due to COVID-19, the Kawartha Lakes and County of Haliburton Provincial Offences office is closed; however, Provincial Offences Act (POA) Administration began setting up audio conferencing by phone for court appearances starting February 2, 2021.

Municipal facilities remaining closed

Municipal administrative buildings, including City Hall, remain closed to the public. The only exceptions are the Lindsay, Coboconk and Omemee Service Centres. Staff are available through phone and email. Please visit our Department Directory for contact information.

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Staying Connected

Virtual Town Halls with HKPRD Health Unit

The HKPRD Health Unit is providing weekly community updates and will host virtual town halls “Talk with the Doc” featuring Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Gemmill, on Tuesday February 16, 1 to 2 pm and Tuesday March 2, 1 to 2 pm. Members of the public must register in advance.

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