Staff with the City of Dryden are working to reopen all city playgrounds, splash pads and public washrooms at number of locations, effective Monday.

When visiting any of the facilities, residents are asked to follow all social distancing and COVID-19 restrictions and signage at all times.

Public washrooms will be available at: Kinsmen Park, Plumridge Park, Earl’s Court, Van Horne Landing and Sandy Beach Park.

Park rentals will also be available to groups under 100 people. Rental arrangements can be made by calling the Public Works office at 807-223-2367. Any questions or concerns can also be directed to Public Works.

The Dryden Pool and Fitness Centre says they are working on a reopening plan that ensures the safety of their employees and patrons, and an announcement is expected soon.

Dryden’s announcement comes as most of Ontario transitions into Stage 3 of the province’s Reopening Framework, which includes higher limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, and allows a number of local businesses to reopen in the region.

Up to 100 residents will be able gather outside, and up to 50 residents will be able to gather indoors, but all are still expected to strictly follow all social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Businesses that are now able to reopen, if they feel comfortable doing so, include: This includes dine-in restaurants, gyms, personal care services, live shows, performing arts centres, movie theatres, casinos, recreation centres, recreation facilities, live sports, team sports, and tour and guide services.

Minister of Health Christine Elliott noted that Stage 3 will remain in place for the foreseeable future and no 'Stage 4' is planned at this time, but social limits can still be adjusted.

For more information:
Northwestern Ontario moves into Stage 3 today