With the end of Ontario’s stay-at-home orders, staff with the Municipality of Sioux Lookout are advising the community of changes to their COVID-19 protocols at municipal facilities.

“We are eager to welcome the public back to our facilities, but we do ask that all of the restrictions and requirements for admittance are followed, so that we can do our part to reduce the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19, thereby protecting our staff and visitors to our facilities,” advised Michelle Larose, CAO.

Daycare programming in Sioux Lookout Children’s Centres will continue with all COVID-19 safety measures currently in place.

The Municipal Office, Airport Administration Office, Emergency Services/By-Law Enforcement Department and Public works will reopen from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to the public. Masks must be worn, and you must call ahead to book an appointment.

The Recreation Centre and Memorial Arena have reopened to the public between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., and all visitors are asked to wear a mask upon entry and check-in at the front desk. Weight and cardio rooms have reopened, but appointments must be made in advance to book the equipment.

Each piece of equipment will have an area around it where you don’t need to wear a mask, but they must be worn between pieces of equipment. Change rooms are available for limited use. Masks must be worn at all times in the change rooms, and showers aren’t available. The sauna will also remain closed.

The arena will return to regular hours, and the walking track above the gym will reopen with social distancing. A mask doesn’t need to be worn, but no running will be allowed.

The squash courts will reopen with a maximum of two people in the court area for 45-minute sessions, with intervals between sessions to allow for cleaning. The pickleball court has also opened, and you must contact the Rec Centre for the schedule.

Memberships in place from the date of the closure of public facilities will be extended for the duration of the closure, and you must contact the Rec Centre to arrange the extension. You can also put your membership on “hold” for up to 60 days if you don’t feel comfortable returning.

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