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Muskoka Post Staff
The town of Gravenhurst sent out the below press release as Ontario begins to re-open this month.
"While Provincial Orders were extended to June 30th this week, larger social gatherings of up to 10 people was permitted across the Province and people were encouraged to create or join a social circle. Gravenhurst Town Council also received the latest Pandemic Response Report from the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Glen Davies.
In his Report delivered to Council on Tuesday June 16th, Glen Davies detailed the significant changes that have occurred since April 16th and the next steps the Town will likely take as the Province moves towards recovery. The full report, which can be found on the Town’s website, also provides an assessment of the Town’s financial position. During the meeting, Council additionally provided Administration with the necessary steps to allow for temporary patio applications to be facilitated in a timely manner for those Gravenhurst businesses making such requests.
“Currently, and going forward when announcements are made by the Province to re-open certain services, Administration has and will assess if there are costs that must be reintroduced to allow for the re-opening of the service and if the human resource capacity is in place to reasonably do so,” said Davies. “Just importantly, however, is whether the protocols defined in Provincial and/or Ministry of Health guidelines can be implemented without negatively impacting the health and safety of staff, citizens and visitors,” added Davies. A perfect example of this is the re-opening of the Town’s Muskoka Wharf Splash Pad, which officially opened to the public today after a thorough inspection by Town staff and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. There are, however, some new precautionary measures in place for the favourite summertime cooling spot for kids. The Segwun play structure is cordoned off and is not permitted to be used, physical distancing of two metres must be maintained, hands must be sanitized or washed with soap, and patrons must avoid the site if they are in self-isolation or symptomatic. Please follow all additional guidelines posted at the location for the enjoyment and safety of all. For more information please contact, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn how to create a social circle, please see the step-by-step guide provided by the Province. For further resources and the latest information on COVID-19, visit www.smdhu.org/covid19 or www.gravenhurst.ca/covid19."