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Summer recreation programs and facility bookings cancelled due to COVID-19

Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, Loyalist Township is cancelling all Township-run summer recreation programs and facility bookings for the 2020 summer season. This difficult decision came not only from the current Provincial and public health recommendations, but also from the Township’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) due to the concern for the safety and health of both its staff and the wider community.
 
The cancellation includes all activities such as summer camps, fitness programs, concerts and events, and swimming and skating drop-ins that were originally offered in the Recreation Program Guide. All facility rentals up to and including September 7, 2020, including arenas, pools, community hall, sports fields and parks are cancelled.
 
Unfortunately, at this time, it is felt that staff would not be able to offer programming or facilities that relies on social gathering, hands on, team based, activities while ensuring all COVID-19 protocols are being strictly followed.
 
While the Recreation Services division will not be able to deliver traditional summer day camp programming, there are currently plans to develop a virtual summer camp. This camp will offer a variety of virtual camp-themed activities for children to participate in during the summer. Virtual camp activities will be offered free of charge. Virtual fitness classes and children’s programs will continue to be offered through the Recreation Facebook page.
 
“Recreation programs - especially day camps - are a highlight of the summer for many children. While we understand this news is disappointing, we must continue to prioritize the health and safety of our participants and staff,” said Loyalist Township Mayor, Ric Bresee.
 
Loyalist Township has offered opportunities for soccer, softball, special events, swimming lessons and camps annually for many years and look forward to being able to once again offer these high quality programs and facilities to our residents once it is safe to do so.
 
Recreation staff will contact clients to process refunds or credits where applicable.   Requests for future booking dates are not being accepted until further notice.
 
For more information on the Townships COVID-19 updates please visit  loyalist.ca/go/covid19