COVID-19 Update: Greater Sudbury Enters Step Three of Province's Reopening Plan
As of Friday, July 16, Greater Sudbury will enter step three of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen. The roadmap outlines a three-step plan to safely and gradually ease public health measures and reopen the province.
“Moving to the third step of the Province’s reopening plan ahead of schedule is a very promising sign, and it’s exciting news for all of us,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “As we get ready to resume doing more of the things we enjoy with the people we love, remember to continue to make smart choices, follow public health guidelines and roll up your sleeve for your vaccination if you haven’t already.”
The third and final step of the Province’s plan means the following changes for City facilities and services.
McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff and T.M. Davies Arena in Lively are expected to reopen on July 21. User groups have been advised of the process for booking. For more information on ice rentals and requirements, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/play/arenas.
Carmichael Arena, Centennial Arena, Dr. Edgar Leclair Arena and Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex remain in use as vaccination clinics.
Rayside Balfour Workout Centre, Falconbridge Wellness Centre, Capreol Millennium Resource Centre and Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre are scheduled to reopen on July 21. One-hour reservations will be available for booking beginning July 20. The Dowling Leisure Centre remains closed for the summer months. For individual program offerings moving forward, please visit www.greatersudbury.ca/play/recreational-facilities/fitness-centres.
The indoor pools at Gatchell, RG Dow, Nickel District and Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre are tentatively scheduled to reopen on various dates between July 26 and August 3. More details will be provided closer to opening dates at www.greatersudbury.ca/play/pools. Onaping Pool remains closed for the summer months.
Outdoor Recreational Amenities
Play fields may be used for outdoor sports and games, with restrictions, as in step 2. The number of spectators must not exceed 75 per cent of the usual capacity. Field houses will reopen on July 26, with capacity limits.
As in step two, permit holders are responsible for monitoring spectators, performing contract tracing of attendees and having an approved safety/return to play plan. For more information about booking, please contact 311 by phone or Live Web Chat (311.greatersudbury.ca).
As a reminder, these amenities are also open:
• Municipal beaches (lifeguard supervision from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily)
• Splash pads
• Municipal boat launches
• Municipal campgrounds at Centennial Park, Ella Lake and Whitewater Lake
• Tennis, basketball and pickleball courts
• Skate and BMX parks
• Selkirk disc golf facility
• Parks, playgrounds, trails and other open spaces
Users must maintain a distance of two metres from people who are not part of their household. A mask or face covering is recommended when physical distancing is a challenge. Benches, waste bins, gates, handrails and other surfaces are not sanitized.
Staff continues to review available resources to support the gradual return of community activities and events, tentatively in early fall. More information will be shared in the coming weeks.
Libraries and Citizen Service Centres
Libraries and Citizen Service Centres are open for in-person service, with capacity limits. Computer access is available with a one-hour limit per person per day. Computer stations are limited to maintain distancing. Additional changes will be introduced as of July 26, including increased capacity, elimination of the need to quarantine returned items, and extension of computer access to a two-hour limit per person per day.
Curbside service remains available upon request. Residents who require Citizen Service Centre services are encouraged to call ahead and may be asked to make an appointment for some services. For more information, visit www.sudburylibraries.ca/covid-19-update.
Garbage and Recycling
The front counter at the Recycling Centre is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon for the exchange of broken green carts and purchase of backyard composters, kitchen collectors and Big Blues.
Green carts will continue to be available for home delivery by placing an order through the Waste Wise app, online at www.greatersudbury.ca/wastewise or by contacting 311 by phone or Live Web Chat (311.greatersudbury.ca).
Blue Box distribution continues to be limited to residents moving into a new home with a maximum of three Blue Boxes per order. Eligible residents can call or live chat with 311 at 311.greatersudbury.ca to place an order and confirm eligibility. Residents will be notified when regular ordering from Waste Wise resumes.
The Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter continues to accept visitors for animal adoption or surrender by appointment only. Contact 311 by phone or Live Web Chat (311.greatersudbury.ca) to make an appointment. The facility is open for visitors to fill out forms and make payments. The facility is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Effective July 16, funerals and interment services will allow for up to 50 people indoors at the Civic Memorial Mausoleum with a Funeral Director in charge and 25 people if an interment service is conducted by family. Up to 100 people are permitted for outdoor funerals and interment services. Physical distancing must be maintained. Masks are required for all guests and staff.
Tom Davies Square
Services at Tom Davies Square remain available by appointment. Contact 311 by phone or Live Web Chat (311.greatersudbury.ca) to make an appointment or discuss alternate service. Many services are available by telephone or through the Customer Service Portal at 311.greatersudbury.ca.
• The third step of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen permits the resumption of additional activities related to indoor dining, gyms and fitness centres, museums, casinos, movie theatres and performing arts venues. For details, visit www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.
• As of July 16, the permitted size for an outdoor gathering increases to 100 people.
• Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.
• Residents must continue to wear a mask or face covering inside businesses or organizations. A mask or face covering is also recommended outdoors when physical distancing is a challenge.
• Continue to follow basic but important measures to prevent the spread of illness. Wash your hands often, wear a mask or face covering, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve and stay home if you feel sick.
Important Information about 311
In order to allow Public Health Sudbury & Districts to focus their efforts on health-related inquiries and vaccine planning and implementation, residents are encouraged to contact 311 by phone or Live Web Chat (311.greatersudbury.ca) for:
• Questions about provincial rules and regulations or effects on City programs and services.
• Organized events and social gatherings that exceed what is permitted by the Province.
• Complaints about non-compliance of businesses or services, as mandated by the Province
The enforcement of COVID-19 legislation is a joint initiative by City By-law Officers, Public Health Sudbury & Districts 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.
For COVID-19 updates and information related to City services, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/covid or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
For the most up-to-date local information on COVID-19, visit the Public Health Sudbury & Districts website at www.phsd.ca/coronavirus.