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Municipal Boat Launches re-open May 15

On May 15th, municipal boat launches in Loyalist Township will re-open to local residents. While the boat launches will be re-opened for local use, the municipalities are reminding boaters that Provincial emergency orders that prohibit the gathering of more than 5 people and physical distancing guidelines remain in place.

To safely enjoy boating during COVID-19 there are several safe use procedures that must be followed.

 
Signage will be placed at municipal boat launches reminding residents of safe use procedures. Although boat launches have re-opened, all park structures within the municipality remain closed due to COVID-19.
 

 

Park Maintenance


Over the coming weeks, Loyalist Township crews will begin outdoor maintenance of parks and sports fields. While this annual spring maintenance is important, modifications in services are being made to protect the health and well-being of the community and Loyalist Township workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The work being done is for the purposes of safety, security and sanitization. Maintenance at parks can help prevent noxious weeds from spreading while reducing the presence of ticks and rodents. Additionally, maintenance is necessary to protect the safety of our parks and fields so that they are not significantly or irreparably damaged during this time.  By focusing on service and maintenance, we’ll be able to respond more quickly to safely re-open spaces when emergency orders are lifted.
 
During this time, Township workers will continue to follow all guidelines from local, provincial and federal health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community while maintaining essential services.
 
While maintenance work is proceeding, residents are reminded that playgrounds, sports fields and park amenities remain closed until further notice in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We continue to ask for the public’s adherence to the closure of these recreation spaces.



Park Amentities Closed 

All park amenities in Loyalist Township are closed until further notice.
This closure aligns with Ontario's extended emergency declaration.
This includes but is not limited to; Surfaces in these spaces are not sanitized and represent a risk of community transmission of COVID-19.
 

Do


Do Not

The Township is taking this opportunity to remind people to:
• Stay home if you are sick
• Practice social distancing
• Avoid high-touch surfaces – such as playgrounds, benches & picnic tables
• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
 

Cataraqui Conservation to Re-Open Parrott's Bay starting April 25

Cataraqui Conservation announced that they will begin to re-open public access to some of its conservation areas and the Cataraqui Trail for passive use starting April 25, 2020, with strict measures in place for all users to continue to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In support of this decision to partially re-open some of our conservation areas, the following measures are being put in place in order to facilitate a safe and appropriate “re-opening” of these areas. Additional signage and restrictions will be implemented over the coming week.
• All trail users MUST practice physical distancing of at least two (2) metres between yourself and other users, both on the trails and in parking areas; • Parking lots in certain areas will be reduced to limit visitor volume, please park in designated areas and adhere to no-parking signage (particularly at entrances, access roads and along municipal roads);
• All visitors must refrain from gathering in groups of five or more at any one time;
• All conservation area amenities (touch points) remain closed, this includes washrooms/privies, picnic benches, boardwalks, pavilions, benches, and beaches; and
• Please be kind and act responsibly.

All conservation area rules and regulations still apply:
• Dogs MUST be leashed at all times;
• Do not litter, including garbage, personal protective equipment (i.e. gloves, surgical masks) and pet waste;
• Stay on the marked trails; and
• Conservation Areas are open only during daylight hours
 

Municipal Boat Launches Closed

Please be advised that due to the COVID-19 emergency, as of Thursday, April 2, 2020 all municipally-owned boat launches within Loyalist Township will be closed for public use until further notice.

 

The Government of Ontario issued a media release on Monday, March 30, 2020 regarding the closure of all outdoor recreational amenities, effective immediately. The Government’s media release states, “In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and restrictions on social gatherings. In addition, Ontario is issuing a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all outdoor recreational amenities, [such as boat launches], effective immediately. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.”

 

In addition to boat launches, Loyalist Township has also closed all sports fields, playgrounds, park surfaces and structures until further notice. Please visit www.loyalist.ca/go/covid19 for the most up-to-date information on changes and/or closures.


Cancellation of Recreation Programs, Rentals & Events
Closure of Township Recreation Facilities

Loyalist Township will be canceling all programming, rentals, and events and will close the WJ Henderson Recreation Centre, Leisure & Activity Centre and the Amherstview Community Hall to the public. This will take effect following the last rental booking on March 13, 2020, and at this time, will continue until further notice.