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North Huron announces facility closures following province’s stay-at-home order

NORTH HURON – The Township of North Huron released a statement following the Ontario government’s stay-at-home order designed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

As Ontario enters its second provincial state of emergency, the Township of North Huron asks citizens to follow the government’s stay-at-home order and avoid any non-essential trips outside their residences.

Effective Jan. 14, outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of five people. Everyone is ordered to stay at home, except for work or essential activities such as trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, or medical appointments.

“I appreciate the challenges being faced by businesses, individuals, families, and institutions during this unprecedented pandemic, but the case numbers are alarming. Even Huron County has experienced a dramatic increase in COVID cases over the past two months,” Reeve Bernie Bailey said.

The following measures came into effect in North Huron on Jan. 14:

  • All indoor recreational facilities, including the indoor pool, fitness centre, and courts, will remain closed until further notice.
  • The ice surfaces at the Wescast Community Complex in Wingham and the Blyth Community Centre will be removed. Removal will start shortly.
  • Outdoor recreational amenities including parks, sports fields, courts, trails, and municipally-owned playgrounds will remain open provided any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person not residing in the same household.
  • The Blyth Campground is closed.
  • The Wingham Town Hall Theatre and public washrooms remain closed.
  • All council and committee meetings will continue to be held through electronic participation until further notice.
  • Town Hall will remain closed to the public until at least Feb. 12, 2021, unless otherwise announced. During this period, staff can be contacted by phone or email. Essential meetings with staff will be arranged by appointment only.
  • Daycare services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will remain open with existing restrictions remaining in place. All before and after school programs remain closed. The Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will be providing advice and making an announcement by Jan. 20, regarding the return to in-person learning.

“The lives of our residents are at risk, and I strongly urge all residents to stay at home to the fullest extent possible,” Bailey added.

Cory Bilyea is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter with the Wingham Advance Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.