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Minto reopens playgrounds, plans for office reopening

Children were already making use of the playground equipment beside the Harriston Kinsmen Pool on July 17, the same day the Town of Minto announced local parks are reopening after a four-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Patrick Raftis)

“The Town of Minto wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the community for their cooperation and patience during such unprecedented circumstances,” states a July 17 press release announcing the reopenings.

“It is times like these where the strength and perseverance of our community really shines.”

Minto is reopening playgrounds and accepting booking requests for recreational facilities in response to the province’s July 13 announcement that the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph region is entering stage three of the province’s reopening plan on July 17.

Stage three includes increased limits on public gatherings and the reopening most businesses and amenities, including restaurants and bars (indoor dining), gyms, playgrounds, recreational facilities and movie theatres.

Minto playgrounds are now open at the following locations:

  • Clifford Cenotaph Park;
  • Clifford Rotary Park;
  • Drew Hall;
  • Harriston Medical Centre;
  • Harriston Kinsmen Pool;
  • Lawrence Park (Palmerston);
  • Lions Heritage Park (Palmerston); and
  • Palmerston Ball Diamond.

“Playgrounds will be inspected regularly but will not be disinfected or cleaned for use,” states the town press release.

“Recreational facilities will open for activities, rentals and functions that align with provincial and health unit orders and guidelines.”

Minto playgrounds and facilities were closed four months ago, at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.