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New Tecumseth reopens recreation spaces as it adjusts to COVID-19

June 26, 2020   ·   0 Comments

With warmer weather and looser provincial controls for COVID-19, things are opening back up in New Tecumseth.

The splash pad and Riverdale Pavilion are now available to the public, while the Tottenham Conservation Area is preparing to open by July 6.

“We’re looking forward to seeing folks return to the conservation area and enjoy some camping there,” said Town of New Tecumseth CAO, Blaine Parkin at Monday night’s Council meeting.

Soccer and ball diamonds are opening next Monday, June 29, and all of these reopening measures align with the Ford government’s guidelines and recommendations.

There was an unexpected spike of COVID-19 in New Tecumseth last Friday, the largest single day increase in cases since the start of the pandemic, totalling 12. Parkin said the Town is monitoring that situation to ensure they act to limit the viruses spread if transmission starts to ramp back up again locally.

“That may impact some of the future steps we take in the next couple of weeks as we try to manage those situations,” he noted. “But we will continue to work with the health unit and…I will continue to keep Council apprised.”

Prior to the recent surge in cases, New Tecumseth had relatively low rates of infection and Simcoe Muskoka’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Charles Gardner, said this spike is too early to attribute to Ontario’s Stage 2 Reopening.

Meanwhile, rehiring and ramping back up staffing is taking place at the municipality since the layoff of nearly 100 employees in May, as the COVID-19 lockdown caused financial pressures and created less jobs at the Town temporarily.

New Tecumseth is now returning staff to administrative spaces and Parkin noted that prior to the pandemic there was a “significant space issue” across those departments, which has been amplified because of COVID-19. “We are looking at a number of options

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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