Municipal facility closures across northwestern Ontario are expected to continue under Northern Ontario’s extended lockdown. The region is set to be reassessed by January 23.

As of the time of writing, there are currently 57 active cases of COVID-19 in the region. That includes 33 active cases in the Rainy River District, 22 in the Kenora region and two in the Dryden / Red Lake region, after Sunday marked a record-high 20 confirmed cases in the area.

The City of Dryden says all essential services will continue to operate as expected, but the Fitness Centre and Pool, Memorial Arena, Museum and Public Library will remain closed until the lockdown is lifted.

The Sioux Lookout Airport Terminal Building, Hidden Lake Landfill Site and the Biidaaban and Sioux Mountain Children’s Centre will remain open. Taxes and utilities remain payable on their due dates, but annual pet registrations have been granted a one month extension, and won’t be due until February 26.

The City of Kenora says City Hall will have limited services, and residents will have to call 807-467-2000. The Operations Centre will have limited services by calling staff directly, the Kenora Public Library will use curbside pickup, and the Transfer Station is open with protocols in place.

The Kenora Recreation Centre, Keewatin Memorial Arena, the Lake of the Woods Museum and the Douglas Family Art Centre, or the Muse, will remain closed until January 25 at the earliest, or when the province lifts the lockdown.

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