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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Saugeen Shores Looks At Opening Timeline

Saugeen Shores | by Claire McCormack  

When restrictions are lifted, CAO says it will still take a few weeks to get things running again.

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As numerous events are cancelled throughout the area, Saugeen Shores expects there will be more.

Town CAO David Smith told gave a report to council Monday night (Apr 27) about how long it would take to reopen services that have been restricted due to COVID-19.

Smith's report says there are so many 'unknowns' with regard to COVID-19 it makes it difficult to project dates.

The Town has released a timeline outlining what it knows at the moment.

Smith says staff are hoping to open the landfill to the public (with limitations) starting in the first week of May.  

Aquatic and spring programming up to at least June 26th is cancelled. A decision on the ball hockey season will be made by June 22.

All Town facilities will stay closed with any events planned for them cancelled or pushed back until they are provincially sanctioned to open. This includes: Saugeen Shores Community Complex, Southampton Coliseum, Centennial Pool, Southampton Town Hall, waterfront activities and sports fields.

Those organizing an event on Town property are being asked to consider contingency planning and are encouraged to contact the Town with changes to their plans.

Information on refunds due to program registrations/cancellations will be communicated with users through the Department of Community Services. For more information, you can contact recreation@saugeenshores.ca.

Meanwhile, Smith says provincial orders have significantly impacted Town staff's ability to deliver normal service levels.

He says when restrictions are lifted, it will take three to four weeks to open most services back up to the public. That timeline would apply to tourist camps and the harbour, sports fields and public washrooms (Smith notes some of those could open on a priority schedule with the busier ones first).

If orders were lifted, staff say the earliest the pool could be opened would be July 3rd.

Smith's report says there would be delays in downtown gardening,  beach clean up and grading, gravel road maintenance, low grade repairs and other infrastructure maintenance activities.

Smith says some infrastructure projects will likely be postponed to later in the year.  Critical work still set to go ahead include the Goderich Street Storm Sewer Replacement project  from Concession 6 to Barnes Avenue.

For more COVID-19 information and resources from Saugeen Shores, visit www.SaugeenShores.ca/COVID-19.

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