Media Release: COVID-19 Update: Outdoor Recreation Amenities Reopen and Victoria Day Long Weekend Reminders

Posted On Friday May 21, 2021

(Huntsville, ON) On Thursday May 20th, 2021, the Ontario government released its Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the Province and gradually lift public health measures based on the provincewide vaccination rate and improvements in key public health and health care indicators.

Due to the continuing success of Ontario’s vaccine rollout and the collective efforts of Ontarians, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. the province will reopen outdoor recreational amenities with restrictions in place, such as the need to maintain physical distancing. These amenities include but are not limited to golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks. No outdoor team sports or recreational classes are permitted to be practiced or played within the amenity.

The following facilities in Huntsville will be reopened on Saturday, May 22, 2021: Conroy Park, Lions Lookout Field, Rotary Skateboard Park, Municipal Tennis Courts, Freedom Dog Park, and the Soccer Fields at McCulley Robertson Recreation Park.

Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, which will allow these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the provincewide emergency brake will remain in effect. This includes remaining at home except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

As the May long weekend approaches, the Town of Huntsville would also like to provide residents with the following community safety reminders and Victoria Long Weekend updates:

Camping on Vacant Land
The Town of Huntsville would like to remind property owners that the use of tents or recreational vehicles on undeveloped lands is not permitted. Any person camping on a developed lot shall do so in conformance with the Huntsville Zoning Bylaw and Provincial stay-at-home order. For more information on the Town of Huntsville’s zoning Bylaw please visit Huntsville.ca/Bylaws

Campfires and Open Flames
The fire danger rating in Muskoka is now set at HIGH and extreme caution must be taken with all open flames. Small fires are permitted in most rural areas of Muskoka keeping in mind that NO DAYTIME BURNING is allowed. You must have adequate tools and water to extinguish the fire if the need arises and you must be with your fire at all times. Ensure any campfires are fully extinguished. Learn about Huntsville's outdoor burning regulations.

Brunel Locks Open on Weekends, Starting this Saturday May 22
The Town of Huntsville would like to notify residents that the Brunel Locks opens for the season this Saturday. The Locks are open weekends only from Victoria Day until Canada Day from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Residents can purchase a Locks Season pass online at Huntsville.ca or by phone at 705-789-1751. A single season pass is $103.00 (tax included) and can be purchased by VISA, MASTERCARD or VISA Debit. When purchasing online or by phone please allow sufficient time for us to mail the pass to your mailing address. In the event you do not yet have the physical pass, please use the confirmation email as proof of purchase. Single passes are only available to purchase at the Brunel Locks for $13 (tax included) with debit or credit card payment.

Covid-19 Testing Assessment Centre Hours
Reminder that the Huntsville Covid-19 Testing and Assessment Centre will be closed on Monday, May 24 2021 for Victoria Day. If you would like to book a time to be tested, the Huntsville centre reopens on Wednesday, May 28 2021 at 9:00am or if you require a test before then, there are locations open on Victoria Day in Simcoe Muskoka. Please visit the Ontario.ca for the full list.

Town of Huntsville Service Hours
Due to covid-19 restriction, Town facilities remain closed. The Town of Huntsville is operating contact-free with service options available by phone, email and on Huntsville.ca, however, please note these service options will be closed on Monday, May 24, 2021 for Victoria Day. 

 

For full details on the May 20, 2021 Provincial Announcement:

- Read the media release Ontario.ca

- Read the three-step Roadmap to Reopen at Ontario.ca.

 

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For More Information Contact:

Denise Corry

Chief Administrative Officer

Office 705 789-1751 x 2356

Cell 705 783 0567

Denise.Corry@huntsville.ca