City Plans Reopening of Municipal Facilities and Services

City of Kenora Media Release

The City of Kenora is gradually reopening municipal facilities and services through a measured path of recovery to keep our residents and employees safe. As we enter Stage 2 with guidance and directives from the Province of Ontario and medical experts, the recovery plan focuses on ensuring the appropriate measures are in place to reopen safely and avoid transmission of COVID-19 in our community.

The following provides a framework for our plans to reopen facilities and services:

Canada Day Festivities
The 2020 Canada Day festivities have been cancelled. The extension of the state of emergency until June 29th creates a situation where timelines would be too short to attempt to have a robust day of programming. Fortunately, Canada Day falls on a Wednesday this year. Tourism Kenora is planning to move the fireworks to the August long weekend, dependent on the current state of the pandemic. Staff are working with other groups/committees in an effort to secure a strong fireworks display and celebrate not only Canada but our Province and community as a whole.

Beaches were reopened on Friday, June 12th and we encourage the public to practice social distancing and safety measures at our local beaches and adhere to keeping each other safe and do your part while visiting our beaches.

Outdoor public washrooms that opened on Friday, June 12th include:
Keewatin Beach
Portage Bay
Beatty Park
Norman Beach
Millennium Ball Park (A&W ballpark)
Jaffray Melick Ball Park
Garrow Beach
McLeod Park
Coney Island

Central Ball park washrooms will not be opening due to the Park Street construction.
There is currently twice daily cleaning of the washrooms. Each washroom is well signed that identifies that patrons should exercise precautions and ensure proper hand washing and using hand sanitizer as the washrooms are not cleaned throughout the day.

Day Camp – Kenora Recreational Centre
The Awesome Adventures Day Camp will resume on July 6th. Staff have worked diligently to ensure that all recommended practices for safety of the children and staff are being adhered to during this camp. While things will look differently than in previous years, the children are sure to still have a great experience!

Outdoor Swimming Lessons
UPDATED In consultation with the Lifesaving Society and considering the required COVID-19 restrictions that need to be put in place, we have made the decision to cancel outdoor lessons this summer.

Recreation Centre Fitness Centre
Plans are being made to operate the Fitness Centre with a limited number of visitors during set timeframes. Cleaning protocols and staffing requirements to adhere to cleaning protocols, capacity restrictions and physical distancing are under review. The Fitness Centre will not reopen until the Province moves to Phase 3 for re-openings.

Kenora Recreation Centre Pool
The pool is currently scheduled to reopen in September which is in-line with normal summer maintenance and opening calendars.

Walking Track and Other Programming
The Kenora Recreation Centre programming including fitness classes will follow provincial easing of restrictions. The walking track will reopen on June 22 with social distancing, ongoing cleaning measures and restricted numbers for use.

Matiowski Farmers’ Market
July 8th will be the first Farmers’ Market for the season which will feature only food vendors to start. As the Province continues to look at other restrictions changing, this could also change at some point. There will be limited numbers permitted at the market at one time and social distancing required along with other restrictions as directed.

White Cap Rentals
The majority of events and bookings that were scheduled for 2020 under the Whitecap have been cancelled. As the Province moves through the various stages of recovery and re-openings, rentals may be possible for various events.

Discovery Centre
The Discovery Centre reopened on Monday, June 15th. Appropriate social distancing is required when visiting the centre and safety precautions are in place for staff and the public.

Summer Ice – Keewatin Arena
Summer ice has been cancelled for 2020 and staff are developing a plan for when ice will be installed this fall.

Splash Pad
The Splash pad opened for the season on June 19th. The operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There has been a number of actions taken in an effort to reduce water consumption and associated operating costs this year. The public are encouraged to respect the social distancing rules and other health and safety guidelines for attending the park.

Museum & Art Centre
The Museum and Art Centre reopened on Thursday, June 18th. Persons shall maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from each other at all times by: timed entry, a limited number of visitors allowed in a place at one time which is managed by visitor flow (for example, one-way flow).

The libraries are offering curbside service at this time. Once a reopening date is established under Phase 3, the Library will operate in accordance with public health guidelines on physical distancing, capacity and hygiene procedures (e.g., disinfecting returns and high-touch areas like computers).

Household Hazardous Waste Days
This service will resume on Thursday, July 23rd, every Thursday until October 15th.

City Hall and Operations Facility
City Hall and the Operations Facility located on Barsky’s Hill will reopen to the public on Tuesday, August 4th. Should the public require assistance with accessing either facility during this time, you are encouraged to reach out to a staff person in the department you wish to access and arrange an appointment to meet your needs.

The reopening dates and services outlined are tentative based on the current situation and Provincial government guidelines. The recovery plan is meant to be fluid and react to announcements from the Provincial and/or Federal governments.

The health and safety of all our staff, residents and visitors are our top priority. We are striving to put measures in place that allow us to move forward and not only recover from this pandemic, but ensure we learn from this experience and simply do better. Better safety protocols, better personal awareness and better choices to protect ourselves and those around us.

Read the full Reopening Framework strategy on Updates