For Immediate Release
Friday, June 12, 2020 – Port Hope, ON
On Monday, June 8, 2020, details of the Province’s Stage Two Reopening Framework were provided by Premier Ford and members of his Cabinet, which included a further reduction of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of additional select municipal amenities.
Municipal Amenities Reopening
Municipal staff have commenced program planning and facility preparation in anticipation of the resumption of select programs and the reopening of a limited number of municipal facilities.
Jack Burger Sports Complex
The Jack Burger Sports Complex (JBSC) will open for limited public use this summer and staff are working toward reopening the facility in early July. This is a tentative date, as staff are preparing the facility and readying the pools for public use. Staff will confirm the final date for reopening in the coming weeks.
A gradual and phased approach will be taken in the opening of the JBSC. Phase one will include the opening of the 25 metre and therapy pools for lane swims and swimming for children under parental supervision only, with limited numbers of patrons in the pool at one time. Swimming lessons and programs, such as aqua fit will not be offered at this time. The hot tub will remain closed.
Reservations for swimming will be required by each patron and appointments must be booked in advance. Public swimming will not be permitted for those who arrive at the JBSC without a reservation. Reservation information will be available at porthope.ca/aquatics.
Use of public change rooms and restrooms will be available, with strict guidelines in place to maintain physical distancing. Enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices will be conducted throughout the facility.
After 3 to 4 weeks, municipal staff will evaluate the approach and may introduce phase two of the reopening of the JBSC, which will include the reintroduction of select swimming lessons and programming. More information about this phase will be shared as it becomes available.
Town Park Recreation Centre and Day Camp
The Town Park Recreation Centre will reopen to facilitate our day camp program only, with a target date of early to mid-July.
Parks, Recreation, and Culture staff are developing procedures specific to the day camp program, which will be reviewed by local health authorities prior to the start of camp. These procedures will provide educational materials for camp staff to reduce potential exposures to, and spread of, COVID-19. This information will be consistent with the health and safety recommendations and ongoing monitoring efforts stipulated by the Ontario Government.
Camp programming has been modified from our typical camp activities to accommodate the physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and sanitation guidelines outlined by the government during the pandemic. To work within the regulations as well as to prepare for staff training needs and program development, the following adjustments have been implemented:
Additional information about summer programs will be available at porthope.ca/day-camps.
Please note that, currently, all municipal buildings remain closed. Once ready, the reopening of the facilities noted above will be done in a gradual and phased approach, as there are strict regulations for all program areas as well as facility cleaning and preparations that municipal staff are required to conduct.
Cleaning and sanitation protocols
As select municipal facilities begin to reopen, enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols are being implemented. As a precautionary measure, we have increased the frequency of cleaning within our facilities, particularly of high-touch surface areas, including doorknobs, counter services, and elevators.
Physical distancing measures will be in effect. Signage will be posted throughout the facilities, including on the floor to remind visitors to keep a safe distance of two metres apart.
All municipal staff members are required to practice preventative health measures and to encourage all visitors to our facilities to do the same. These include:
As usual, staff are also directed to remain at home if they are experiencing cold and/or flu-like symptoms and we ask that residents and program participants do the same. Practicing good hygiene remains the best defense against illness.
Outdoor recreation sports
The Province has advised that organized team sports may resume using municipal recreation fields and amenities; however, all organizations are required to provide the Municipality with a Return to Play plan for approval before permits are issued. Use of the fields are available for organized sports for training and practices only, with no scrimmages or games permitted, per the guidelines from the Province. Participants must practice physical distancing at all times.
For additional information, please check these credible resources:
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Kate Ingram, Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
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