Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard says city staff and leadership have been working to adapt to Ontario’s looming state of emergency and stay-at-home orders, which take effect just past midnight, and essential services will continue to operate as planned.

“We have to recognize that certain services will need to be maintained and will continue,” explains Reynard. “Our operations, winter maintenance schedules, the sewer and water department, those are critical so those will remain open.”

The City of Kenora says City Hall will have limited services and residents will have to call 807-467-2000, and the Operations Centre will have limited services by calling staff directly.

“We’ll also have a number of reduced staff within City Hall and the Operations Centre, so people can still call-in if they have questions or concerns. The other one that will also continue is our curbside collection. Those services will continue to happen.”

The Kenora Public Library and Keewatin Library will use curbside pickup, and the Transfer Station is open with protocols in place.

“Obviously there will be tighter restrictions with the number of people going in. But those facilities will remain open, just with very tight protocols in place.”

The Kenora Recreation Centre, Keewatin Memorial Arena, the Lake of the Woods Museum and the Douglas Family Art Centre, or the Muse, will remain closed until February 11 at the earliest, or when the province lifts the lockdown.

As of 12:01 a.m., Ontario’s stay-at-home orders require all residents to stay home unless for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or the pharmacy, accessing health care, exercise or for essential work. It will remain in effect for at least 28 days. 

The province has provided authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers, including the OPP, local police forces and bylaw officers to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with these orders, or those not wearing a face covering indoors, as well as companies who do not enforce these restrictions.

As of the time of writing, there are currently 44 active cases of COVID-19 in the region. That includes 27 active cases in the Rainy River District, 15 in the Kenora region and 2 in the Dryden / Red Lake region.

For more information:
Municipal closures continue under extended lockdown
Ontario issues stay-at-home orders, state of emergency