Town shifts gears, closes rec facilities

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As health advisories change seemingly by the hour, the town of Deep River has announced that it will close its recreation facilities for at least three weeks.

The town announced Saturday that it would keep the library, pool and arena open while it continued to monitor the situation around the COVID-19 situation.

By in a statement early Monday afternoon, the town announced that it will shut down all three facilities until at least April 5.

The town said it had decided on the closures “in an abundance of caution and in step with other municipalities.”

“All town programming including public skating, swimming, aquatic programming and library programs have been cancelled.

“We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

At the same time, the town said it would maintain essential services “as we continue to monitor the situation with guidance from the health unit and other levels of government.”

“Essential services such as the landfill, curbside pick-up and routine road maintenance are not impacted at this time.”

The town hall will also remain open, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

“Residents will be encouraged to make payments online, utilize the after hours drop box or contact staff by email or telephone…

“Town staff will not be commissioning documents, issuing marriage licenses and offering any and all non-essential services. You are asked to refrain from visiting the municipal town hall if you are sick or have been out of country.

“Please remember to keep a 2m or 6ft distance from others as a safety precaution.”