COVID-19 Update: Greater Sudbury Enters Step Two of Province's Reopening Plan

30-Jun-2021

As of Wednesday, June 30, Greater Sudbury has entered Step Two 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.

“This pandemic has been a very long road for all of us, whether you’re a health-care worker, student, essential worker, business owner, long-term care home resident, or just people who miss going out for dinner with friends and family,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “We continue to make great strides with our community vaccination program, and moving to Step Two ahead of schedule is excellent news. Let’s continue to make smart choices, follow public-health guidelines and get our vaccinations so we can make it to Step Three just as quickly.”

The second step of the Province’s plan means the following changes for City facilities and services.

Outdoor Recreational Amenities

Play fields may now be used for outdoor sports and games, with restrictions. Team sports that involve personal contact may not be practiced or played unless modified to avoid personal contact. The number of spectators must not exceed 25 per cent of the usual seating capacity, and the number of patrons permitted is limited to the number that can maintain two metres distance from others. Permit holders are responsible for active screening of participants, contract tracing of spectators 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.

Libraries and Citizen Service Centres

On Monday, July 5, Libraries and Citizen Service Centres will resume in-person services, with capacity limits. Computer access will be available with a one-hour limit per day per person. Computer stations will be limited to maintain distancing.

Curbside service will remain 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.

Cemetery Services

Effective Wednesday, June 30, funerals and interment services will allow for up to 35 people indoors at the Civic Memorial Mausoleum, or up to 75 people outdoors with a Funeral Director in charge. Physical distancing must be maintained. Masks are required for all guests and staff.

Reminder on Indoor City Facilities

  • 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 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 purchase of backyard composters, kitchen collectors and Big Blues.
  • The Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter is open by appointment only. Contact 311 by phone or Live Web Chat (311.greatersudbury.ca) to make an appointment.
  • All indoor recreational facilities remain closed.

Canada Day

Holiday schedules will apply to the following municipal services on Thursday, July 1, 2021:

  • There will be no household waste collection on Canada Day, Thursday, July 1. Residents who normally have waste collection on Thursdays will instead receive waste collection on Saturday, July 3. Place waste at the roadside no later than 7 a.m. on Saturday for collection.
  • There is no change to landfill and transfer station hours on Canada Day.
  • There is no change to Recycling Centre hours on Canada Day. The counter is currently open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • The Household Hazardous Waste Depot will reopen for scheduled drop-off days beginning July 10. Residents may make an appointment with the Toxic Taxi to receive free home pickup of household hazardous waste.
  • GOVA Transit will follow holiday routes and schedules. Passengers must wear a mask while riding public transit.
  • Library curbside pickup will not be available.
  • Appointments at Tom Davies Square will not be available.
  • Animal Shelter appointments will not be available.
  • 311 and Live Web Chat (311.greatersudbury.ca) will not be available. Call 311 for urgent public works, animal control or COVID-19 enforcement services. Register to submit service requests any time on the Customer Service Portal at 311.greatersudbury.ca or email 311@greatersudbury.ca.

Other Reminders

  • The second step of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen permits the resumption of additional activities related to retail, personal care services, outdoor dining and other outdoor activities. For details, visit www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario.
  • As of June 30, the permitted size for an outdoor gathering increases to 25 people.
  • Indoor gatherings are limited to five 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.
  • Public use of closed municipal facilities.
  • 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.

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