City Taking Steps to Mitigate Risks of COVID-19

City Taking Steps to Mitigate Risks of COVID-19

UPDATED MARCH 25, 2020

The City of Kenora, along with many countries, sporting groups, cities and municipalities, is evaluating response to the COVID 19 virus on a daily, if not hour by hour basis. Many residents and staff are very concerned right now; however, it is important to remember that while the virus is very contagious, the effects for most are mild to moderate. There is reason for planning and reasonable precaution, but there is no reason for alarm.

The City of Kenora has been monitoring the situation and evaluating what practical steps we can take to mitigate the risk to our staff, and the community.

The Kenora Recreation Centre and the Keewatin Memorial Arena will be closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. The Kenora Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre at the KRC are now closed.

KRC will be refunding all rentals and adding three weeks membership on to all active memberships. There will be no adjustments to number of visits for 10 and 25 day passes.

City Hall will be closed to all foot traffic until further notice. Residents unable to pay bills online will be provided extensions without penalty. This will apply to POA (traffic tickets) also. Provincial Offences Courts that take place at City Hall have been cancelled until May 29 or further notice.

Operations Centre will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. For matters related to Cemetery please call 467-2067.

Transfer Station will remain open. However, only bags with bag tags will be accepted, no cash transactions, only debit card or credit card transactions will be allowed.  Curbside waste and recycle pickup will continue as usual.

The Lake of the Woods Museum, Douglas Family Art Centre, Kenora Public Libraries, and the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre will be closing effective Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice.

All in-home water and sewer services such as rodding or meter work will cease until further notice.

The regular City Council meeting (previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 17) will be held by live stream on March 31st at 12 noon.  Public Notice will be provided on the link for live streaming.

City Transit will operate as usual, taking extra precautions to protect the staff and patrons of the City transit.  Cash only (exact fare) will be accepted.  No passes can be used to lessen the transmission between drivers and patrons.

All playgrounds are closed until further notice.

At this time, parking meters are still being enforced and citizens need to adhere to time limits and money required.

As we continue to monitor the situation and as things change, further updates will be provided.

As with all the publicity around this virus, please continue to do your part to stop the vast spread by practicing increased hand washing and keeping an effective social distance from people.  We thank the public and our staff for their continued patience and understanding during this time.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

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