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January 13, 2022 0 comments

The provincial government has placed Ontario in a modified second stage of its reopening roadmap, which has resulted in the closure of several amenities in the city of Orangeville.

The City has announced that its facilities are closed until further notice, starting January 5, and that many services are still offered in different formats.

Recreation centers are closed and facility rentals and programs are cancelled. Recreation staff are working on notifications and refunds for those who have already booked.

The vaccination center at the Alder Recreation Center will remain open while the city facilities are closed.

The Orangeville Public Library is closed, but continues to offer curbside pickup at the Mill Street location.

City Hall is closed, appointments are available only for essential services.

The Lakeview Annex, Fire Hall and Operations Center are closed. Municipal parks remain open, as do outdoor rinks once they are operational.

All City employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on site.

“The current focus will be to redeploy as many staff as possible to work in other areas, as needed, to address any impact to services,” the City of Orangeville said in a recent news release.

“Residents are encouraged to access information and services online at www.orangeville.ca or contact customer service staff at 519-941-0440 ext. 0.”

Recognizing the impact of the province’s lockdowns on small businesses, the government is expanding Ontario’s new Business Expense Reimbursement Program. Eligible businesses that are required to close or reduce capacity will receive reimbursement payments for a portion of the property tax and energy costs they incur while subject to these measures.

Details on the types of eligible businesses will be available when applications for the program open later this month.

The province plans to remain in a modified second stage until at least January 26, subject to public health and health system indicators.