COVID-19 Reminders: Friday, April 17, 2020
As Greater Sudbury remains under a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has some important reminders for residents about leisure and fitness programming, trails, and open-air fires.
Leisure Programs and Memberships
Fitness memberships at Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre, Rayside Balfour Fitness Centre, Falconbridge Wellness Centre, Dowling Leisure Centre, and Capreol Millennium Centre will be extended to make up for the duration of emergency closures.
Members who pay through a preauthorized payment process will be contacted directly and advised that all payments were ceased as of April 1, 2020. Payments will be reinstated when the emergency ends.
Members inquiring about a refund are asked to send their written request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leisure program refunds continue to be processed as emergency closure timelines are extended.
Trails and Open Spaces
The Province has allowed trails and open spaces to remain open for walk-through purposes only. Please do not meet up with others or congregate on trails.
The City continues to monitor the use of these spaces. Where there are concerns that people are not practising physical distancing, or where the number of pedestrians creates a situation where it is not manageable, the City will work with Public Health to review and close certain areas, if required.
Both the Bell Park Boardwalk and AY Jackson Trail are temporarily closed as the number of pedestrians has created a situation where physical distancing is not manageable.
Open-Air Fire Ban
In alignment with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the open-air fire ban in Greater Sudbury remains in effect. Residents may be fined $365 for any unpermitted fire, plus the full cost of a fire service response which is approximately $500. To report a fire in progress during a ban, call 911.
Call 311 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for complaints about any of the following:
• Unauthorized use of closed City facilities, parks amenities and playgrounds.
• Organized public or social gatherings or events with more than five people, even when held at a private dwelling. This does not apply to a gathering of members of a single household.
• People not following Public Health orders to self-isolate after international travel, contact with a confirmed case, or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
• Continued operation of non-essential workplaces, as mandated by the Province of Ontario. Find the list of essential workplaces at www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces.
The enforcement of these complaints is a joint initiative by City By-law Officers and the Greater Sudbury Police Service. 311 representatives will log your complaint, and direct it to the appropriate party based on time of day, and severity and type of issue.
Please monitor the City’s website at www.greatersudbury.ca/covid, and social media accounts at www.facebook.com/GreaterSudbury or www.twitter.com/GreaterSudbury for updates.
The City of Greater Sudbury, through decisions of City Council, and with guidance from Public Health Sudbury & Districts, continues to take additional steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
“These are very challenging times for everyone, especially with the weather getting warmer. The faster we stop the spread of this virus, the faster we can get back to doing the things we love with our friends and family. We all need to do our part for the greater good of our community. Stay home and stay safe.”
-Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger