City, Lambton municipalities announce facility closures, program cancellations

Sarnia's Strangway Centre is among the facilities closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak (BlackburnNews.com photo by Dave Dentinger Mar 14, 2020)

The city of Sarnia, Lambton County, Petrolia and Point Edward all announced facility closures and program cancellations Friday.

In Sarnia, the March Break Day Camp at Lawrence House is cancelled, and all arenas and the Strangway Community Centre will be closed until April 5.

Refunds for all cancelled programs will be issued accordingly.

The city is taking the preventative COVID-19 measures based on discussions with Lambton Public Health and information received from both the provincial and federal governments.

The Sarnia Primary Control Group is meeting daily to monitor COVID-19 updates from the health unit.

City hall and all other city services are being maintained. Updates will be posted to the city website.

The County of Lambton announced Friday that it has cancelled all public programs at its cultural services facilities effective March 14 through to April 5.

The Brigden and Grand Bend library locations will also be closed during the same time period because those branches are located within elementary schools that have been closed by the Lambton Kent District School Board. At this time, all other libraries and cultural services facilities will remain open with regular operating hours.

The program cancellations include all public programs, special events, workshops, presentations, activities and group visits taking place at all Lambton County library locations including the Sarnia Library Theatre, Lambton Heritage Museum, Oil Museum of Canada, Lambton County Archives, and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. The cancellations include all March Break programming.

Further information can be found here.

The Town of Petrolia announced Friday that the Greenwood Recreation Centre and the Petrolia YMCA will be closed from March 14 through April 5.

All bookings, classes, programs and scheduled public skating have been cancelled during that time.

The Petrolia YMCA will provide further information to those with scheduled swimming lessons or current memberships, following the temporary cancellations, regarding fees paid to the organization.

Town hall is remaining open but residents are encouraged to limit their visits.

Visit the Petrolia website for further information.

The Village of Point Edward announced via Twitter Friday that the memorial arena will be closed March 14 to April 6. Further closures will be reevaluated at that time. All bookings and public skating have been cancelled.