Swimming Lessons Continue Amid COVID-19

The Fall Swimming Lesson Session will continue as scheduled. We ask that all participants use the self-screening tools posted by the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and the City of Kenora to determine whether or not they should be entering our building. Further, if you have been contacted by the NWHU and have been told to self-isolate, please DO NOT enter our facility.

Self-Assessment Tool

Group Fitness Classes Resume at KRC

Kenora Recreation Centre News

Starting Monday, August 24th we will be introducing our group fitness classes back to the public at the Kenora Recreation Centre. We only have 9 spots available per class and you will need to sign up to attend. To sign up please call 467-2087 at 8 am the day before the class you wish to attend, it is first come, first serve basis.

Please wear a mask until entering the Aerobics room, maintain social distancing, follow the arrows and come dressed in your workout clothes as our change rooms are still closed.

We will still be offering our online Zoom classes for everyone to participate in. Follow the Kenora Recreation Centre Facebook page for links to virtual fitness classes with our certified instructors.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Casey Pyykka, Community Program Liaison at 807-467-2987 or cpyykka@kenora.ca.

NWHU Mandatory Mask Policy Effective August 17, 2020

Mask or face coverings required

Beginning Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:01 AM, it is mandatory that people in the general public wear a mask or other form of face covering in indoor public spaces, as required by the Medical Officer of Health under the authority of the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 364/20.

This means you must be wearing a mask or face covering when visiting City buildings and facilities, or to ride the City transit.

For more information about masks and exemptions, please visit Northwestern Health Unit or call their COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-468-2240.

Council launches “Glad You Are Here” Campaign

City of Kenora Media Release

Today, Council interrupted traffic on Main Street South to ceremoniously encourage residents and visitors to support local businesses who have been significantly impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the support, Council has approved free parking in the Harbourtown Centre for the month of July. Other previously approved initiatives have included amendments to the Commercial Patio Policy to encourage the development of outdoor seating for restaurants in the municipality. To date, these policy revisions have resulted in a number of applications by local restaurants. Following the official kick-off event, Council will have the opportunity to visit some of the current and future sites of these outdoor seating areas.

”We are excited to release the ‘Welcome, Glad You Are Here.’ video which showcases local businesses alongside City representatives sharing the impact of tourism in our community. The video was produced by Matt Kennedy of Upriver Media and features local businesses including Lake of the Woods Sports Headquarters, Green Adventures, the MS Kenora, Tall Pines Marina and the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. This is a further demonstration of what partnerships can do for our City even during the most challenging times” stated Mayor Daniel Reynard.

The events today align with the presentation of the City’s Economic Recovery Plan, shared at the July 14th Committee of the Whole meeting. The plan details a roadmap to support local businesses and members of the community as the economy reopens. Beyond illustrating measures planned as restrictions are slowly lifted and the risk of COVID-19 subsides, this plan provides a summary of the measures staff have already implemented and continue to remain relevant. The Economic Recovery Plan will move forward to the July 21st Council meeting for approval and implementation.

For more information on the City of Kenora Economic Recovery Plan, please contact Adam Smith, Manager of Development Services, at asmith@kenora.ca.

Kenora Recreation Centre Gym Opens July 23, 2020 by Appointment

Kenora Recreation Centre Gym Reopening

We are excited to announce we will be opening our gym doors on Thursday, July 23. Please call 807-467-2087 to book your gym time, there are 15 spots available per time slot. Gym bookings will begin on Tuesday, July 21 at 8 a.m.

Our gym hours will be:
Monday to Friday
6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. (6:30 a.m. being the first time slot and 7:30 p.m. being the last)

Saturday and Sunday
7:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m. being the first time slot and 7:30 p.m. being the last)

Please be patient with our staff as we try to implement all the new gym protocols and rules.

Please read our new gym rules and booking protocols.

To view our online schedule and gym availability please visit: https://kenorarecreation.maxgalaxycanada.net/Home.aspx

All active memberships will be extended by 129 days. unless your membership expired during our shut down.  If that is the case it will be extended by the amount of days between March 16th and your expiration date. All memberships will be reactivated effective July 23rd.

For more information or any questions please contact us at reccentre@kenora.ca


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 www.Kenora.ca/COVID-19 Updates

Tourism Kenora Explores Modified Matiowski Farmers’ Market Model for 2020

City of Kenora Media Release

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Matiowski Farmers’ Market will look a little different for 2020. Tourism Kenora has been in discussion with the local Northwestern Health Unit to explore a new market model and to plan for safe practices for the operation of the market.

The new market model will allow regional area food vendors to sell to the community this summer. We will host food vendors, with no merchandise or craft vendors, as recommended by provincial guidelines outlined by the Ontario government and Farmers’ Markets Ontario.

We have been working closely with the Northwestern Health Unit on health and safety measures for the operation of the market including vendor permits and procedures, traffic flow, capacity, physical distancing practices and other regulations that have been created by the Ontario government and Farmers’ Market Ontario. We will be undertaking the recommended measures to ensure the safety of both our patrons and vendors.

As in previous years, this proposed model for the Matiowski Farmers’ Market will be held under the Whitecap Pavilion with physical distancing guidelines in place; the health and safety of our community members is a priority.

The Matiowski Farmers’ Market proposed start date is July 8, 2020.

Please follow Tourism Kenora’s social media for updates on the practices and procedures you must follow when attending the market this season.

Helena Devins
Tourism Kenora
Matiowski Farmers’ Market Coordinator

Matiowski Farmers’ Market logo

Safe Storage and Use of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer, Controlling Flammable Vapours and Fire Risk

City of Kenora Media Release

Although using hand sanitizer is a good way to clean your hands to slow the spread of COVID-19, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds you to be aware of proper storage and safe use of these flammable products. It is important that you read and follow directions and warnings on hand sanitizer product labels.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is flammable and may give off flammable vapours, which could ignite if exposed to open flame or an ignition source.

When using hand sanitizer, follow these safe use and storage tips:

• Keep containers in an upright position and properly sealed to avoid leakage;
• Containers should not be left in direct sunlight to avoid spillage or leakage from pressurization of the container;
• Keep away from open flames and sources of heat;
• Be especially careful if attempting to smoke, light candles, or use a gas stove immediately after applying hand sanitizer;
• When using hand sanitizer, hands should be rubbed together until they are completely dry; and
• Always read product labels carefully and follow the warnings and directions of use.

While reports have surfaced about hand sanitizer catching fire or spontaneously combusting from being kept in a hot vehicle, this is not accurate. The Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advise that the rate of vapour leakage from a personal container of hand sanitizer left in a hot vehicle does not result in enough vapours to cause concerns.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there about hand sanitizer self-combusting which is not true. However, it is very flammable and care must be taken when around open flame or other ignition sources,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene.

Please continue to stay home, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, keep a physical distance of 2 metres from others, and most of all be fire safe always.

For more information, please contact Fire Station One at 807-467-2090.

Provincial Offences Update May 25, 2020

Important Notice

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a provincial State of Emergency has been declared. Court operations are limited during this time.

Statutory timelines have been extended, including time to exercise your options on the Offence Notice (ticket).

All Provincial offences trials are being rescheduled. If you are a defendant, a notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.

If you were summoned to appear in court for a provincial offence during the State of Emergency, you do not need to attend, as the matter will be rescheduled.

If you have any questions about the scheduling of your Provincial Offences Act offence, please contact the Kenora Provincial Offences office at 807-467-2984 or poa@kenora.ca

For further information please visit: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/notice-to-public-regarding-provincial-offences-act-matters/ .

City Reopens Select Outdoor Recreation Amenities

City of Kenora Media Release

The City of Kenora remains diligent in monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We continue to evaluate and follow all public health agency communications, as well as communications from Federal and Provincial Government health authorities. The health and well-being of our residents is of great importance.

The City has reviewed the amended Provincial Emergency Order of May 19, 2020 about re-opening outdoor recreational amenities with specific restrictions. Based on this information, the City has reopened the following:

• Benches and picnic tables in all areas;
• The skate park, basketball courts, tennis and pickle ball courts; and
• All municipal ball diamonds; however, organized baseball is still not permitted for groups larger than five (5) people. Dugouts will remain closed.

While using these outdoor recreational amenities, you must maintain physical distancing of at least two (2) metres from any other person, unless you are from the same household. Washroom facilities at some outdoor facilities will begin to be opened May 25th, and we encourage you to ensure you carry hand sanitizer.

Playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, the Splash Park, and beaches remain closed until further notice.

You are strongly urged to visit the City of Kenora website and Facebook page to read the posted guidelines and best practices for each recreation area.

Stace Gander
Community Services Manager

Beaches Remain Closed

Public Notice

Please be advised all City of Kenora beaches are closed and all washroom facilities will remain locked until further notice.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we continue to follow directives of the Provincial government during the pandemic.

Victoria Day Weekend Fire Safety

Media Release

UPDATE: City Wide Fire Ban Lifted May 15, 2020

As we approach Victoria Day holiday weekend, Kenora Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents that the Kenora region remains in a Restricted Fire Zone and our focus needs to be on fire safety.

While the Restricted Fire Zone is in place, there can be no outdoor burning of any kind, including fireworks. You can use a gas or fuel (propane) stove or BBQ for cooking or warmth as long as you are away from flammable material.

You must use extreme caution at all times. The Province of Ontario recommends to:

• be careful with anything that could start a fire;
• watch your propane or gas equipment carefully;
• smoke only when you are stationary, never while walking or working in the bush;
• make sure all matches or cigarettes are out before disposing of them.

“We are urging you to be fire safe in all activities you are planning for the first long weekend of the summer,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene. “With everyone practicing fire safety, we hope this will relieve excess pressure on emergency response services to answer calls to unintentionally set fires and other emergencies.”

You are encouraged to find fire safe creative ways to celebrate the unofficial start to the summer season. This may include watching fireworks videos, hanging LED lights, or purchasing glow sticks. Please continue to stay home, wash your hands often, and keep a physical distance of 2 metres from others.

For more information, please contact Fire Station One at 807-467-2090.