Milton Town extends facility closures until July 5

Times India Today | : May 12,2020 06:58 PM IST

The Town of Milton is extending the closure of all facilities and postponing all recreation programs, permits, rentals, theatre performances and special events up to and including July 5 to protect the health and safety of residents and staff from COVID-19. This continued closure supports Halton Region and the Province of Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ongoing measures to flatten the curve.

“Public safety continues to be the priority with the evolving COVID-19 situation, so we are extending the closure of all facilities to protect our community,” said Mayor Krantz. “I encourage everyone to continue to practice physical distancing, stay home as much as possible and keep a safe distance of two metres from others. We’ll get through this together, Milton.”

Town staff are conscious that programs, facilities and events will not return to 100 per cent capacity the first day back after the pandemic has ended. The July 5 date was selected for the purpose of planning for the recovery phase of COVID-19. The Ontario Government released the Framework to Reopen Ontario on April 27, 2020, including a phased approach to loosening restrictions. While no specifics were included in that framework, it is anticipated that modifications to operations, including but not limited to, physical changes at facilities, policy updates, and program limitations to ensure the health and safety of staff and the public will need to occur. 

This extension date results in the cancellation of the first week of summer camps. Further decisions on the remainder of summer camp programs will be made by June 1 and communicated to participants.

Milton Council and the Town’s Crisis Management team continue to monitor the situation, in consultation with Halton Region Public Health, and reassess the Town’s service changes and operational adjustments. At this time, resources are being directed to the areas of greatest need and the Town will re-open facilities and recreational programs as soon as it is reasonable to do so.

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