Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Impacts on Municipal Services

Posted on Friday June 19, 2020

The Town of Penetanguishene continues to monitor news and updates concerning COVID-19 in order to ensure we work to keep our community members safe.  With the recent announcement regarding the implementation of Phase 2, we want to remind residents that the Town is working hard to open areas that have been closed and affected by the COVID-19 regulations. To make sure you as community members can stay involved and up to date we encourage you to subscribe to our website email subscription service

OPP Reporting Tool:

We remind residents that OPP ask that you report allegations of non-compliance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act by phoning 1-888-310-1122 or utilizing the online reporting tool at opp.ca/reporting.

Full List of Open/Closed Amenities:

The following chart is available on our webpage and will be updated regularly.

Indoor Facilities

Open/Closed

Safety Measures in Place

Town Hall

CLOSED until further notice

 

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Achieves

CLOSED until further notice – In Review

 

Penetanguishene Library

OPEN – Adjusted hours.

View here for hours of operation and other information.

Public Works Building

 

CLOSED until further notice

 

Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre

CLOSED until further notice

 

Outdoor Facilities

Open/Closed

Safety Measures in Place

Parks

OPEN

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (2 metres)
  • Wash hands before and after any activity
  • Follow all guidance on group gatherings

Trails

OPEN

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (2 metres)
  • Wash hands before and after any activity
  • Follow all guidance on group gatherings

Skate Park

OPEN

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (2 metres)
  • Follow all guidance on group gatherings
  • Follow rules outlined on signage at each location

Playgrounds

CLOSED

 

Washrooms

CLOSED – In Progress

 

Beaches

CLOSED- In Progress

 

Splash Pad

CLOSED – In Review

 

Sports Courts: Pickle Ball, Tennis, Basketball. (Nets may take a few days to reinstall. Thank you for your patience during this time)

OPEN

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (2 metres)
  • Follow all guidance on group gatherings
  • Follow rules outlined on signage at each location

Bocce Ball Courts

CLOSED – In Progress

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Boat Launch

OPEN

Please note until further notice; Tourist Information Centre, washrooms and showers remain closed.

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (2 metres)
  • Staff unable to assist with launches at this time

Wharf

OPEN

  • Boaters only to access docks
  • Boaters to promptly leave docks once vessel is unloaded and secure
  • Maintain physical distancing

Sports fields

OPEN

  • Follow all guidelines on group gatherings
  • Activities restricted to families of the same household
  • No league play

Dog Park

OPEN

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (2 metres)
  • Follow all guidance on group gatherings

Pavilions & Gazebos

OPEN

*Exception to Rotary Pavilion which will remain CLOSED

  • Maintain Physical Distancing (2 metres)
  • Wash hands before and after any activity
  • Follow all guidance on group gatherings

Amphitheatre

CLOSED

 

Fitness Equipment

CLOSED

 


Virtual Canada Day:

With current restrictions on large gatherings, Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny are collaborating to bring fun family-friendly activities to the community to enjoy online. All activities, with the exception of a performance by Dylan Lock, will be pre-recorded and available at www.culturealliance.ca from July 1 to July 31. This will allow community members to create their own Canada Day schedule and watch favourite videos multiple times. The event will be held through the Cultural Alliance website.

Hiring:

The Town of Penetanguishene is looking to hire additional summer Parks and Recreation staff to assist in implementing new protocols required with COVID-19 regulations. If you are interested in applying for a summer position, please email your resume and cover letter to hr@penetanguishene.ca.

Garage Sale Safety:

With the announcement of Phase 2, the restriction on Garage Sales has been lifted. Residents who are hosting garage sales should ensure physical distancing of 2 metres is maintained, wash their hands regularly, offer hand sanitizer for shoppers and follow all guidance on group gatherings. If you have any questions, please contact bylaw: bylaw@penetanguishene.ca

Economic Recovery Task Force:

Council is looking to establish a Business Recovery Task Force to meet and discuss local efforts and initiatives to help businesses through this health crisis both in the short and long term. The mandate of this force is to understand and report on the recovery of the local economy, to develop key strategies and recommendations for change, and to communicate and engage with businesses, owners, and leaders across a variety of sectors of the Penetanguishene economy.

If you are interested in participating on this Committee, please send Andrea Betty abetty@penetanguishene.ca an email with some information about yourself and your interest in this Task Force. Council recognizes the urgency of establishing this group and getting started therefore please submit your expression of interest no later than June 25th.

Business Assistance Information:

North Simcoe Community Futures under a Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

(NSCFDC):  NSCDFC will focus on assisting “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities, with loans up to $40,000. https://nscfdc.on.ca/_en/RRRFProgram

North Simcoe Economic Development Corporation (EDCNS): EDCNS is providing “Open for Business” recovery kits, which include items such as;

  • One-way shopping arrows
  • Face masks/shields
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing posters
  • $200 voucher towards purchase of POS barrier(s)

https://www.edcns.ca/business-recovery-2020 

County of Simcoe:????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office is working with partners to continuously?? update COVID-19 business resources.

The resource page includes links to;

  • PPE supplies
  • Business Impact Survey
  • Virtual Learning Opportunities
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Resources for Re-opening

https://edo.simcoe.ca/covid-19-business-resources .  

Recently available for Penetanguishene businesses is access to the Digital Main Street Program who give assistance and consultation to business to assist in using digital technology. Contact the Southern Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) for more information by telephone at: 705-446-3355 or by email at sbec@collingwood.ca.

COVID-19 Temporary Financial Relief Measures:

Council has approved short-term financial relief measures and staff continue to analyze longer term relief measures for Council consideration as well as further cost containment opportunities moving forward.

Fire Safety:

Fire permits are not required at this time. Please remember that fires are for recreational purposes and are only permitted between 4:00 pm to midnight. Please refer to the “Open Air Burning Permit Terms and Conditions” attachment for guidelines and more information.

Contacting the Town:

We encourage residents to reach out to Town Staff with questions and/or concerns. A full staff directory with email and phone numbers for specific departments is listed here.