Municipal COVID-19 Operations: Outdoor Recreational Amenities as of May 22, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

While the Province is still in a stay-at home order until at least June 2nd, 2021 due to COVID-19, the Ontario government will allow more outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, with restrictions in place, effective May 22, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Source Stay at Home Order:

Additional Recreational Amenities Permitted to Open as of May 22, 2021



Recreational amenities
4. (1) Each person responsible for an indoor or outdoor recreational amenity that is not in compliance with this section, and that is not a facility for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities that is permitted to open under section 48 of Schedule 2, must ensure that it is closed. (2) The following outdoor recreational amenities may open if they are in compliance with subsection (3): 1. Parks and recreational areas. 2. Baseball diamonds. 3. Batting cages. 4. Soccer, football and sports fields. 5. Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts. 6. Basketball courts. 7. B:M:Xparks. 8. Skate parks. 9. Golf courses and driving ranges. 10. Frisbee golf locations. 11. Cycling tracks and bike trails. 12. Horse riding facilities. 13. Shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs. 14. Ice rinks. 15. Tobogganing hills. 16. Snowmobile, cross country ski,_ dogsledding, ice skating and snow shoe trails. 17. Playgrounds 18. Portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment. 19. Archery ranges. 20. Boat and watercraft launches. 21. Lawn game courts, including lawn bowling, bocce and croquet courts. (3) An outdoor recreational amenity described in subsection (2) may only open if, (a) any person who enters or uses the amenity maintains a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person who is using the amenity; (b) team sports are not practised or played within the amenity; (c) other sports or games that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other are not practised or played within the amenity; and ( d) any locker rooms, change rooms, showers, clubhouses, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, fitness centres or other recreational facilities on the premises remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the amenity that is used to provide first aid. 3 (4) Clause (3) (a) does not require persons who are all members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from each other while in the amenity.

Municipal Operations 

Municipal Office - Closed to the Public. Please call 705-377-5726, email or use the drop box out front.
Indoor Facilities: Closed
Outdoor Facilities: Playgrounds, parks, ball fields, tennis courts, outdoor exercise equipment, beaches, parks and any other outdoor Municipal amenity that is included in the above noted list of amenities allowed to open as of May 22, 2021 for the purpose of exercising where physical distancing can be maintained is now limited to family units only.
Boat launches and docks - Open, please maintain physical distancing and adhere to gathering limits of family unit only.
Library - Curbside pick up only Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 11-4. View selection at and Call (705) 377 5334 to order.
Roads Department: Operating as normal with staff precautions.
Maintenance Department: Operating as normal with staff precautions.
Garbage/Recycling Pickup & Landfills: Operating as normal.
Council meetings continue to be by video/teleconference.

Please not that the "Roadmap to Reopen" expects to enter Step One of the Roadmap the week of June 14, 2021 where additional restrictions will be lifted. Source: 

A Little About Central

The Municipality of Central Manitoulin is located in the centre of Manitoulin Island with an abundance of lakes, rivers, and beaches. The Municipality includes the villages and hamlets of Mindemoya, Providence Bay, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake. We offer diverse attractions and unique landmarks such as our sandy beach in Providence Bay or access to Lake Manitou, the largest lake on the island. We invite you to visit our community in the "heart" of Manitoulin Island. 

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