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Media Release: New Provincial Framework and Updates to Outdoor Recreation Restrictions

Posted on Friday May 21, 2021

MEDIA RELEASE

May 21, 2021
(For Immediate Release)
 New Provincial Framework and Updates to Outdoor Recreation Restrictions

(Prescott, ON) The province of Ontario released a Three-Step Roadmap to Safely Reopen the Province on Thursday, May 20, 2021 and made changes to provincial restrictions. Effective Saturday, May 22, 2021 select outdoor recreational amenities will be able to reopen. However, current provincewide Emergency Brake restrictions are still in effect until June 2, 2021.

 

Beginning Saturday, May 22, 2021 the following recreation amenities will be available for use in the Town of Prescott:

-        Sandra S. Lawn Marina

  • Boats can be docked
  • Fueling available

-        Skate Park

-        Splash Pad 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

-        Soccer, football, and sports fields

-        Playgrounds

-        Parks & recreational areas

-        Baseball diamonds

-        Boat launch

 

Use of any of these locations is permitted so long as physical distancing of at lease two metres is maintained at all times with those outside your household.

  “We are very happy to be opening some outdoor recreational amenities here in Prescott for the long weekend in accordance with provincial regulations, and I want to wish everyone a very happy and relaxing Victoria Day weekend,” said Mayor Brett Todd. “We are ready to go with reopening efforts at our facilities as soon as the provincial re-opening plan allows for us to start our pool, splash pad, and more. You can also expect more community vaccinations in Prescott in the near future, following up on our very successful clinic held on May 11. Get those shots and let’s all do our part to ensure we move out of restrictions and have a fantastic summer.”

 

New Provincial Framework

The province of Ontario’s new framework has shifted from a case or hospitalization rate basis to a vaccination rates across the province. The province will remain in each of the Steps for at least 21 days.

   

The Three-Step Roadmap is guided by the following:

 Step One: (expected to enter June 14, 2021)

-        Focus on resuming outdoor activities with smaller crowds and permitted retail with restrictions:

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, outdoor dining with up to 4 people per table, non-essential retail at 15% capacity

-        Step One will begin when 60% of adults vaccinated with one dose

 

Following Step One of the Three-Step Roadmap, the Town of Prescott is planning on having Centennial Pool open for July 1, 2021.

 Step Two:

-        Focus on expanding outdoor activities and resuming limited indoor services where face coverings are worn

  • Outdoor gatherings of 25 people, outdoor sports and leagues, overnight camps, person care services with face coverings and capacity limits, indoor religious services, rites, or ceremony gatherings at 15% capacity limits

-        Step Two will begin when 70% of adults are vaccinated with one dose and 20% vaccinated with two doses

 Step Three:

-        Focus on expanding access to indoor settings, with restrictions, including large numbers of people and face coverings can’t always be worn

  • Indoor sports, recreational fitness, indoor dining, museums, art galleries, libraries, casinos, and Bingo Halls

-        Step Three will begin when 70-80% of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25% vaccinated with two doses

 

For more information about COVID-19 visit our local Health Unit website at www.healthunit.org.

 We are all in this together. Stay Home. Save Lives.

 For more information, contact:
Matthew Armstrong
Chief Administrative Officer/Treasurer
(613) 925-2812 Ext. 6220

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