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Play it safe this long weekend

Stay safe this weekend

Kawartha Lakes – As we approach the Victoria Day long weekend, Kawartha Lakes would like to remind residents of safety protocols for a safe and enjoyable weekend. While the municipality continues to focus on responding to the pandemic, please continue to do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep the community safe.

“I know it’s been a long and challenging couple of months, but we’re getting there. We’ve made great strides as a community, and we need to make sure we stay on track. We could certainly all use some fresh air, and I hope everyone finds ways to get outside this long weekend. Let’s make sure we continue to do it safely, taking all the necessary precautions. Now is not the time to let up," commented Mayor Letham.

Road Safety

If you need to travel this weekend, please be aware of the four most common causes of accidents, injury and death that police will be actively monitoring: seatbelt use, speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.

Recreational Safety
 
Boating Safety
As boat launches are now open, and we see more people out on the water, please take note:

  • Make sure you are physically distancing while launching your boat
  • Keep to groups of no more than five
  • Life jackets only work if you're wearing them
  • There are strong currents in the rivers and lakes from the spring melt
  • Very windy weather doesn't mix well with small craft, check weather conditions before heading out
  • Tell someone who is staying on land where you're going, and set a check in time
  • Don't boat impaired (alcohol and cannabis)
  • Trent Severn Waterway and all locks remain closed
  • Fishing is permitted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • View map and list of municipal boat launches

Trail Safety

  • Please be mindful that the Victoria Rail Trail is now open to motorized vehicles such as ATV's and side-by-sides
  • Keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists along the way and use extra caution to keep distance
  • Do not operate any vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol


Burning and Fireworks Safety

With the burn index set to high, residents are allowed to safely burn as long as they follow safety guidelines. A resident is allowed to burn without a permit if the following requirements are met:

  • The fire is no larger than 60cm in diameter
  • The fire area must be at least 15m from any buildings including sheds or detached garages and 5m from trees, brush piles, property lines, fences and combustible materials
  • Equipment for controlling and extinguishing fires must be available at the burn location

If you are considering using fireworks for the Victoria long weekend, consumer fireworks may be used without a permit if the following requirements are met:  

  • Fireworks shall be discharged a minimum of 30m from any structure or property line
  • Fireworks may not be discharged closer than 100m from a church, school, residential care facility or place where explosives are sold or stored
  • Fireworks are not to be discharged on municipal lands without authorization

You need a permit to sell fireworks and perform large public display of fireworks within Kawartha Lakes as part of Firework By-Law 2007-236.

Municipal Services

Kawartha Lakes remains under a State of Emergency, with a focus on essential services and pandemic response. Please note these reminders:

Waste and Recycling

  • The Lindsay landfill is now open to the public and is operating under normal hours of operation. It will be closed for Victoria Day Monday and will re-open for service on Tuesday, May 19.
  • The Eldon landfill will reopen Sunday May 17 under regular hours of operation (11am to 5pm)
  • The Fenelon landfill will reopen on Monday May 18, under regular hours of operation. (9am to 5pm)
  • Due to the holiday Monday, your waste and recycling collection will occur one day later than your normal schedule. For example, Monday May 18 collection will be pushed to Tuesday May 19.
  • The Round-Up Event Day scheduled for next Saturday, May 23 in Manvers, has been cancelled.  

Law Enforcement
There will be increased presence of Municipal Law Enforcement officers and police services over the long weekend to ensure that people are practicing safe and legal activities. They will be out on our roads, trails and on the water so please be safe and mindful of others.

Report It
If you would like to report a municipal service needing attention, please report online.
If you have a Municipal Law Enforcement inquiry or complaint, please report online.
Kawartha Lakes Police Services: 705-324-5252
OPP: 1-888-310-1122


Staying Connected
The municipality continues to post updates to www.kawarthalakes.ca/COVID-19. Visit the webpage for the latest updates on closures, meeting cancellations and changes to services.

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