MINTO – Recreational facilities in the Town of Minto will be closed temporarily in response to new provincial direction, the town announced on Jan. 4.
The town had been planning to reopen facilities, closed since Dec. 23 due to rising local COVID-19 case numbers, on Jan. 3.
However, plans changed after the province announced on Monday it would move into a modified stage two closure under the Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.
A press release from the town states that as of 12:01am on Jan. 5 all recreation facilities, museums and theatres in Minto will be closed until Jan. 26.
“To keep the community and our staff safe, we will continue with the full closure of all administrative buildings” until Jan. 31, the release continues.
Town officials note essential services such as fire, water, wastewater, road maintenance and “minimal” building services will be the only departments with staff remaining at the municipal office.
The rest of the municipal staff are being required to work from home “as per the provincial directive.”
Residents are still urged to call the municipal office, follow the appropriate phone prompts and leave a voicemail. Staff will return voicemails when possible. If residents know the email address of the person they need to reach; electronic communication is encouraged.
“The Town of Minto reminds the public to continue to wear a mask and wash hands regularly. Get vaccinated or boosted when possible,” officials state.
“It is critical that everyone continues to follow these measures to keep our great community safe. Minto is a resilient community and will get through this unusual time stronger together.”
Individuals who have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 are encouraged to contact Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 or visit www.wdgpublichealth.ca/coronavirus.
“As the cases in our area remain high, due in large part to the very contagious Omicron variant, the Town of Minto remains committed to safeguarding the health, wellbeing, and safety of our employees,” the release states.