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Kawartha Lakes updates service levels for Stage 3

City of Kawartha Lakes Stage 3 Reopening

City of Kawartha Lakes Stage 3 Reopening
Kawartha Lakes – The municipality is in the process of updating its services, following the Ontario government’s announcement that Kawartha Lakes is allowed to enter Stage 3 on Friday July 17.

Please note the following updates to public gatherings and instructions on mask use:

Physical distancing and group size

A physical distance of two meters (six feet) must still be maintained at all times, however there are some increases to public gathering limits:

  • Indoor gatherings will be allowed a maximum of 50 people
  • Outdoor gatherings will be allowed a maximum of 100 people

Update to mask use

On July 13, the Health Unit made it mandatory to wear a non-medical mask or face covering before entering indoor commercial establishments. To accommodate Stage 3, the Health Unit’s mask instructions were updated:

  • Indoor mask use now applies to any place of business or facility that is indoors and open to the public.
  • Face coverings must be worn in most indoor places and situations open to the public, with the exception of when patrons are “in place” and no longer “roaming” inside the premises (e.g. eating inside a restaurant).
  • People who remain exempt from wearing masks are: children under two, children under five who refuse to wear masks, individuals who cannot remove a mask without help and people with medical conditions like respiratory disease or cognitive difficulties.

Keeping the health and safety of the public and staff top priority, Kawartha Lakes will continue its gradual, staged approach to reopening and ensure the necessary staff and resources are in place before lifting restrictions.

Community Services

City staff are currently taking the necessary steps to bring park and recreational facilities back safely and more details on openings will be provided as they become available. In the near future, outdoor park and recreational amenities, pools and playing fields and ball diamonds will re-open:

  • Outdoor park and recreational amenities: As of Friday July 17, signage and caution tape will be removed from all outdoor park and recreational amenities across the municipality and public access will be permitted.
  • Lindsay Recreation Complex: On Monday July 20, the pools will open for swimming by registration only, with a reduced schedule, capacity and COVID-19 safety protocols. Please familiarize yourself with the specific pool rules before arriving and be advised masks must be worn at all times when not in the water. The fitness centre will also open on August 10 for classes only and one of the ice rinks on August 17. All other facility and arena openings will be subject to availability and based on demand. To reserve time in the pool or for a fitness class visit our online registration. Reservations for the ice rink must be made through the Facility Booking Office.
  • Playing fields/ball diamonds: On Friday July 24, use of our outdoor playing fields and ball diamonds will be expanded to include organized sports and leagues. Please be advised they must be booked in advance by contacting the Facility Booking Office and all necessary permits for the organized sport must be completed. These will be available based on maintenance and staffing availability.

Kawartha Lakes Public Library

Starting the week of July 20, the Library will offer its Curbside Pickup service at an additional six branches, for a total of ten locations across the municipality. The new locations include: Bethany, Bobcaygeon, Norland, Oakwood, Omemee and Woodville. The service is currently offered at Fenelon Falls, Kinmount, Kirkfield and Lindsay.

Support Local

As more indoor public spaces open under Stage 3, there will be new opportunities to support local businesses and the economy. The public will be allowed to enjoy businesses and public settings like indoor restaurants, gyms/fitness centres and movie theatres. These businesses have worked hard to prepare for Stage 3 and the municipality encourages the public to support them, but please do so safely while taking necessary precautions and respecting all the safety protocols they have put in place.

Staying Connected
The municipality continues to post updates to www.kawarthalakes.ca/covid19. Visit the webpage for the latest updates on closures, meeting cancellations and changes to services.

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