Municipal facilities opening in Essex County
Tecumseh, LaSalle, and Leamington are preparing to reopen some facilities as Windsor-Essex sits in the red-control zone of COVID-19.
Starting Monday, Tecumseh Arena and the St. Clair Beach Community Centre will reopen to rentals. The arena, though, will reopen for previously-scheduled rentals only.
One of the arena’s ice surfaces will be available, and only those with rental time booked before the provincial shutdown in December will be contacted. Public skating and similar programs will not be available until the region is promoted to a less-restrictive level. Those wishing to rent the St. Clair Community Centre can contact the town’s parks and recreation department.
“Since the announcement last Friday of our status, staff has worked to put in place a return plan under current provincial regulations to ensure these facilities are ready for users,” said Mayor Gary McNamara.
Should the provincial government return Windsor-Essex to lockdown, all facilities will be closed immediately with rentals cancelled.
Tecumseh Town Hall remains closed to the public with services available by email, phone, and online. Marriage licenses, commissioning services, and in-person payments are not available.
For the interim property tax installment due on February 24, residents can find alternate ways to pay by visiting the town’s official website.
Town parks, trails, and the dog park are open, with social distancing recommended.
Starting Monday March 1, LaSalle Town Hall will re-open to the public for town business only. Access into the building will be limited, and a security guard will be monitoring the building.
Anyone who wants to set up a meeting with Town personnel will have to do so by appointment in advance. The Town Hall’s hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex will be reopening in phases.
Starting March 1, the Town will phase-in ice users affiliated with a Provincial Sport Organization, beginning with Skate LaSalle. For now the ice pad will remain closed.
On March 15, the Vollmer Fitness Centre will reopen for in-person group exercise classes by appointment only. Appointments can be made starting on March 8. Virtual programs and exercise classes will continue to be offered as well.
On March 29, the pool will reopen for lap swims, water walking and aquafit only. Those interested will be able to book appointments online starting on March 22.
Municipality officials have decided not to reopen the Nature Fresh Farms Recreation Centre (NFFRC) until at least the first week of March. The is currently being considered a mass vaccination site.
“This difficult decision is about the safety of our employees, the public, and what is in the best interest of the Municipality as a whole,” said Chief Administrative Peter Neufeld in a statement. “There is considerable work that takes place to open a facility of this size including onboarding employees who are currently not working. Onboarding staff and reopening the facility with the potential for it to close again after a short period of time is not cost-effective and does not provide a consistent level of service for our members and the community.”
The Leamington Municipal Building will also remain closed to the public except by appointment, and only for services not available online. Online service requests remain available on the town’s website.
Leamington Parks and Trails will remain open, with public health guidelines in place.