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North Huron reopens municipal office and some facilities, resumes limited programming

NORTH HURON – On July 23, the Township of North Huron announced that they have reopened some facilities and are resuming programs and services “on a slow and gradual basis” now that Huron-Perth is in stage three of the province’s reopening plan.

As of today, the following facilities are now open:

  • The municipal office in Wingham is now open with certain protocols in place (physical distancing, hand sanitizing, masks and screening, and separate entrance and exits in place). Staff continue to be available by phone or email.
  • The splash pad is now open, with a maximum of 10 people at any one time using it. Residents are asked to maintain physical distancing and use hand sanitizer before and after using the splash pad.
  • Sports fields are open for non-team use, subject to physical distancing and using hand sanitizer before and after use.
  • The daycare centre is open with a limited number of available spaces for priority families.
  • The walking trails remain open, subject to physical distancing and hand sanitizing.
  • The Wingham Airport runway is open to all fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The terminal building remains closed to the public.

Services that have resumed include:

  • The fire department has resumed in-person training with safety measures and protocols in place.
  • Council, committee and board meetings will resume in-person after safety measures are put into place.
  • Public works has also moved from an “essential services” model and is now completing projects on a prioritized basis.
  • The Wingham Landfill also remains open, with limited forms of payment (debit or pre-approved account).

The township stated that the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • The Wescast Community Complex, including the arena, fitness centre and indoor pool;
  • The Blyth Community Centre, including the arena and upstairs hall;
  • Outdoor playgrounds;
  • Public Washrooms.

These facilities are expected to reopen when proper policies and procedures are finalized.

“The safety of residents and staff continues to be North Huron’s number one priority and I would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding as municipal programs and services are resumed in a safe and gradual manner,” said Reeve Bernie Bailey.

“In an effort to prevent a potential second wave, I strongly encourage everyone to be vigilant and wear masks when visiting indoor commercial establishments and hand sanitize before and after visiting. Please stay home if you are ill or not feeling well”.

For more information about today’s announcement, contact Carson Lamb at 519-357-3550 or clamb@northhuron.ca.