Saugeen Shores easing restrictions at outdoor amenities

The Town of Saugeen Shores is easing restrictions at outdoor amenities beginning this week.

As of 9 a.m. on Friday, May 22, green spaces in parks will open for public use, however, park amenities such as playground structures remain closed. The Off-Leash Dog Park and Skate Park will reopen, and fishing from municipal property will now be allowed.

As these amenities reopen, physical distancing is crucial to preventing the spread of the virus. All users must remain at least two metres away from those outside their immediate family. As well, social gatherings of more than five people are still prohibited by the province.

“Thank you to all permanent and seasonal residents who have complied with the provincial orders and public health advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “We are achieving success in fighting this pandemic because of everyone’s collective effort. Let’s keep up the fight so we can all hope to enjoy our community’s wonderful amenities this summer.”

Open as of Friday, May 22 at 9 a.m.:

• Green spaces and pavilions in all parks
• The Skate Park and Off-Leash Dog Park
• All sports fields and basketball courts (for non-team sports only)
• Denny’s Dam, Chesley Street Park, Fisherman’s Park
• All boat launch ramps
• Port Elgin and Southampton dry docks

Municipal amenities closed until further notice:
• The Plex and Rotary Hall
• Centennial Pool
• Southampton Coliseum
• Southampton Town Hall auditorium
• Southampton Curling Club
• All beaches
• Splash pads
• All playground structures
• BMX Park
• Southampton Harbour
• Port Elgin Harbour (including the children’s fishing dock)
• Walkthrough access in Southampton and Port Elgin Municipal Campgrounds
• All municipal public washrooms

Town staff’s work to prepare harbours and municipal campgrounds for use will continue and further announcements related to their openings will be coming in the near future.