Municipal services

Lockdown leads to closure of Stratford area recreation facilities


The City of Stratford and the Town of St. Marys have closed local recreation facilities and adjusted some municipal services as the province returns to Stage 2 of its plan to reopen.

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The City of Stratford and the Town of St. Marys have closed recreational facilities and adjusted municipal services as the province reverted to an amended lockdown on Wednesday following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases that threaten the Ontario’s health care capacity.

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In Stratford, municipal offices are now open by appointment only, while municipal services will continue to be provided by phone and online where possible.

“The city has returned its operations to previous levels seen during the pandemic with the closure of a number of city facilities. However, city services remain accessible to residents by appointment. … The city follows all public health guidelines regarding staffing in buildings, which include cohort work, social distancing, improved masking and regular disinfection of workspaces and common areas ”, Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson said.

“We are confident that we can continue to meet the needs of residents while doing so safely and efficiently during the modified order of the second leg of the province.”

Affordable bus passes and garbage tags can be purchased by calling the city clerk’s office at 519-271-0250 ext. 5237 for next day delivery. Civil ceremonies are suspended until further notice.

Stratford’s recreational facilities, including the Stratford Rotary Complex, Agriplex, William Allman Memorial Arena and Dufferin Arena, are now closed to the public for at least three weeks.

The Rotary Complex is only open for essential services, including vaccination clinics, the COVID-19 assessment center and the office of Dr Patricia Van Boekel. The two ice rinks, the walking track, all meeting rooms and Elite Fitness are closed.

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The Stratford Farmers Market at the Agriplex will continue to operate on Saturday mornings while the indoor washrooms at Allman Arena will continue to be available daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Stratford Public Library building remains closed to the public due to understaffing, but online, telephone and curbside services remain available.

No changes have been made to the city’s transit, landfill and garbage collection services at this time. Questions regarding changes to Stratford City Services can be directed to the Clerk’s Office or by using the intercom system at Town Hall, the Annex Building at 82 Erie Street and the Cemetery Office.

For more information, city residents can visit www.stratford.ca or follow the City of Stratford on Facebook and Twitter.

In St. Marys, the Pyramid Recreation Center, the St. Marys Museum and the St. Marys Station Gallery are now closed until at least January 26. In a press release, the city said anyone enrolled in programs affected by these closures will be contacted directly.

In-person programs for children, parents and caregivers at the St. Marys EarlyON Center were also closed until January 26. The before and after school programs at Little Falls Public School and Holy Name of Mary School are canceled until at least January 17.

The St. Marys Public Library remains open with limited seating and computer access for in-person services at 50% capacity and with curbside pickup and door-to-door delivery available. The Library Makerspace is currently unavailable, but 3D printing services will continue.

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“The city continues to follow all public health protocols and provide services where we can,” said St. Marys Mayor Al Strathdee, noting that some city employees are working from home while those who cannot use personal protective equipment and follow distancing procedures.

“We will continue to support those in need in our community through our wellness program. City operations continue to the extent possible and essential services continue as we do our best. Our employees have faced many challenges during this pandemic and continue to exceed expectations. “

For more information on changes to programs and services, visit www.townofstmarys.com/en/living-here/covid-19 or follow the Town of St. Marys on Facebook and Twitter.

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