The COVID-19 pandemic has forced staff with the City of Kenora to postpone Canada Day’s events and fireworks to the August Long Weekend at the earliest.

Staff say July 1’s activities have been cancelled due to the extension of Ontario’s State of Emergency until June 29, which has created too short of a window for staff to organize this year’s events.

“Unfortunately, we have made the decision to cancel our Canada Day festivities and also the fireworks for this year, given the current pandemic. But that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t celebrate at home with your own family,” said Special Events Coordinator for the City of Kenora, Morgan Seller.

Tourism Kenora says they are currently planning to host this year’s Canada Day fireworks over the August long weekend, depending on the state of the pandemic at that time. Staff have also been working with community partners to secure a strong fireworks display to celebrate the community.

“We are hoping to have announcements on the future celebration, but at this point, we are asking everyone to celebrate at home and enjoy July 1,” Seller added.

Other COVID-19 updates from the City of Kenora include:

City Hall and Operations Facility – City Hall and the Operations Facility will reopen to the public on August 4. You are encouraged to contact staff to arrange an appointment.

Kenora Recreational Centre Day Camp – The Awesome Adventures Day Camp will resume on July 6 with safety restrictions. Outdoor swimming lessons will take place in July and August, respecting the restrictions that are in place. Lessons will begin on July 20.

Recreation Centre Fitness Centre – Plans are being made to reopen the Fitness Centre with a limited number of visitors during set time-frames, with cleaning, staffing and capacity protocols. This will not open until Ontario moves into phase 3 of reopening.

Recreation Centre pool – The pool is scheduled to reopen in September, which is in-line with normal summer maintenance.

Walking Track and other programming – The Walking Track has reopened with social distancing and cleaning measures. Fitness classes and other programming will follow the provincial easing of restrictions.

Whitecap Pavilion rentals – The majority of this summer’s events and bookings under the Whitecap have been cancelled.

Discovery Centre – The Discovery Centre has reopened with social distancing measures.

Keewatin Arena – Summer ice has been cancelled for the 2020 season.

Libraries – Libraries are offering curbside pickup services at this time. A reopening date is expected in phase 3 with social distancing and capacity guidelines.

Household Hazardous Waste Days – Will resume on July 23, and will run every Thursday until October 15.

As well, the city reopened public beaches and the Rotary Splash Park last week. Residents are asked to keep 2 metres away from others, wear a face covering whenever possible, to limit group sizes, to bring hand sanitizer and to wash your hands regularly.

The city’s outdoor public washrooms are cleaned twice daily, but not throughout the day. Staff say that thorough hand washing is a must, and the use of hand sanitizer is recommended. The washroom at the Central Ball Park will remain closed due to construction.

Public washrooms that are being regularly sanitized include:

- Keewatin Beach,
- Portage Bay,
- Beatty Park,
- Norman Beach,
- Millennium Ball Park (A&W)
- Jaffray Melick Ball Park,
- Garrow Beach,
- McLeod Park,
- Coney Island.

The city’s playgrounds and the outdoor exercise park at Garrow Beach remain closed until further notice.

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