Staff with the City of Dryden are warning the community about closures at municipal buildings and facilities during Ontario’s lockdown.

All City of Dryden emergency and essential core services will continue with normal operations during this period, but the Fitness Centre, Museum, Arena and Library will all see closures.

- Dryden Pool and Fitness Centre will be closed December 26 to January 10,
- Dryden and District Museum will be closed December 26 to January 10,
- Dryden Memorial Arena will be closed December 26 to January 9,
- Dryden Public Library will use curbside pickup only from December 29 to January 9.

The city asks anyone who needs additional information about the closures to contact them at 807-223-2225, or email

Ontario will enter a province-wide lockdown as of 12:01 a.m. on Boxing Day, which will remain in effect for 14 days in Northern Ontario and 28 days elsewhere in the province. Our region will be reassessed on January 9.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is asking all residents to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary, and essential retailers will remain open with 50 per cent capacity limits. Non-essential retailers will remain open with curbside pickup and delivery only.

Indoor public events and social gatherings will be restricted, except with members of the same household. Those who live alone can have exclusive contact with one other household.

Restaurants and bars will only be able to operate by take-out, drive-through or delivery only. Non-essential surgeries have been postponed. 

Schools within the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment area can resume in-person instruction on January 11, 2021 for both elementary and secondary students. All students will be asked to learn virtually between January 4 and 11, and after school programming will remain closed.

All employers are asked to make every effort to allow employees to work from home during this time. A new grant has also been made available for businesses with less than 100 employees who are affected by these measures.

For more information:
Lockdown to start Boxing Day, not Christmas Eve
What does Ontario’s lockdown mean for students?