The Premier of Ontario has declared a province-wide state of emergency and issued a stay-at-home order in response to rising COVID-19 variant infection rates.
Tue, 25 Aug 2020
Following provincial and regional health guidelines, the Town of Oakville will reopen its five main community centres plus Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on Tuesday, September 8 for limited pre-booked activities and modified use.
Registration for fall programs will open Wednesday, September 16 at 7 a.m. for a shortened 8-week session that starts after Thanksgiving weekend. Winter registration will be offered at a later date for programs beginning in January.
“We’re excited to welcome the community back into our facilities,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “As we become more comfortable getting active and creative under the new health guidelines, we’ll look for opportunities to safely expand our programming.”
Program offerings will be limited to programs that are suitable to physical distancing, capacity limitations, and staggered start times. Programs that incorporate shared equipment will not be introduced until alternatives or safety protocols are established.
At this time, an active Senior Services membership is not required to register for any September or October seniors’ programs.
Monthly fitness and general activity memberships with a September 8 start date are now available for purchase by calling 905-815-2000.
Strict health and safety measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including sign-in protocols for contact tracing, the use of a non-medical masks or face coverings, hand sanitizer stations, signage and space markers to allow for physical distancing, plexiglass barriers, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting.
The town will transition to a paperless Parks, Recreation and Culture guide this fall to share real-time information with customers and eliminate paper touch-points in facilities. On September 8, the town will launch programs.oakville.ca, a new web application that offers a more convenient and user-friendly recreation program search tool.
“The decision to not print the program guide allows us to provide up-to-the-moment program changes in response to COVID-19 and any extended openings or safety restrictions,” said Julie Mitchell, director of Recreation and Culture. “As well, the digital format allows residents to easily find and register for programs.”
The town has a COVID-19 recovery framework in place to help guide and support our reopening of programs, services and facilities. Details will be posted on our COVID-19 Information page as they become available and on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.