Here’s whats changing in Chatham-Kent amid new restrictions

Chatham-Kent Civic Centre, July 23, 2015. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

With new provincial restrictions now in place, the municipality is making some changes in regard to events and public facilities.

As of Wednesday, January 5, here’s what is closed:

• The Capitol Theatre

• Chatham Cultural Centre, which includes the Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent Museum, and the Kiwanis Theatre

• Art Space

•  Indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including municipal arenas and pools.

All other municipal facilities will remain open, including the Health and Family Services Building, Public Health King Street, Municipal Service Centres, libraries, and the customer service desk at the Civic Centre in Chatham.

These buildings will remain open but their hours of operation may change. The Chatham-Kent Public Library will be adjusting its hours at all branches. More information about specific branches can be found by visiting this link.

Emergency Child Care in Chatham-Kent 

As schools across Chatham-Kent shift to virtual learning once again, municipal officials will be implementing an emergency child care program for qualifying families under new provincial orders.

The program will run at no cost to eligible parents and will run through January 17.

Chatham-Kent Director of Child Care, Early Years and Recreation Kelly Emery said the municipality has several sites set up across the community.

Emery said preference will be given to healthcare workers and long-term care providers who have children. However, there is a full list of occupations that qualify families for emergency care.

“Anyone working in a service that is deemed essential will qualify for the program,” said Kelly.

More information on emergency child care in Chatham-Kent can be found here.