The Municipality of Sioux Lookout has announced that Sandy Beach has reopened for public use, effective immediately. The move follows easing of COVID-19 restrictions from the province.

However, Farlinger Park and Town Beach will remain closed for the season, as the municipality continues to develop the park’s waterfront area.

Standard physical distancing practices should be followed at the beach, including two metres or six feet of separation from other beach users outside your family group, and four metres or 12 feet of separation between each group’s towels and blankets on the beach to allow for foot traffic to and from the water.

“The health and well-being of everyone residing in Sioux Lookout is of paramount importance to the Municipality,” added Mayor Doug Lawrance.

The municipality also says that they are working with the Northwestern Health Unit, Kenora District Services Board, the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, the Northwest Catholic District School Board and childcare operators Biidaaban and Sioux Mountain on a return of childcare services.

“We understand that the provision of childcare is a critical step in assisting with the transition to the government’s “Stage Two” reopening of the Province and our economy,” said CAO Michelle Larose. “We are taking all reasonable and necessary steps to open our Children’s Centres as soon as possible, and we will provide updates to the public as the opening date is determined.”

The KDSB says they will be working with childcare operators to secure adequate personal protection equipment supplies, implement enhanced screening protocols as well as develop and implement a COVID-19 response plan, before childcare centres can reopen in the area.

The KDSB says a public service announcement on when regional childcare centres can reopen can be expected as soon as possible.

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Return of childcare ‘will take time,’ KDSB