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COVID-19 update on City services

Thursday, January 6, 2022

The Province of Ontario announced that it will return to the modified version of Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. for at least 21 days. This announcement will affect some City programs and facilities.  
 
All programs at community centres, arenas and pool facilities will be cancelled beginning January 5. Participants who had registered for programs at indoor facilities will be contacted about specific impacts directly through phone calls and emails. 
 
All arenas, community centres and museums will be closed. This includes the Northern Community Centre, Seniors Centres (Drop In and Northern Community Centre Seniors 55+), W.J. McMeeken Centre, John Rhodes pool and the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site. The John Rhodes Community Centre arena is closed however, the lobby washrooms are open to service skaters at the oval. The GFL Memorial Gardens remains open to accommodate the vaccine clinic. 
 
There is no impact to outdoor recreation amenities including outdoor rinks, which remain open to the public. Users are asked to follow signage and markers posted at rink locations, maintain a 2 metre (6 feet) distance from those you do not live with and wear a mask at all times even outdoors. Hockey games, scrimmages, shinny and pick up hockey are prohibited as per provincial orders. Hockey sticks, pucks and nets should not be on the ice at any time. Designated hockey rinks (Anna McCrea, Merrifield and Esposito rinks) will be used for skating only. 
 
The Ronald A. Irwin Civic Centre remains open for limited in-person services in the lobby level. Citizens with urgent matters requiring the attention of staff are advised to contact the appropriate department. 
 
In accordance with the new restrictions, the City of Sault Ste. Marie continues to deliver essential services including Fire Services, Sault Ste. Marie Transit, garbage and recycling pick up and winter road maintenance.  
 
 “As the City of Sault Ste. Marie adapts to the Omicron variant, our priority continues to be protecting our community and the health and safety of our citizens,” says CAO Malcolm White. “City staff remain available to deliver essential municipal services online, by phone and in-person, where safe to do so.”   
 
All City facilities continue to operate under strict health and safety measures which must be adhered to by residents to limit the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of facility patrons and City staff. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, services are subject to ongoing assessment and potential change. For the most current information, updates will be posted to the City’s website at saultstemarie.ca/covid19 and on social media. 

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