Hastings Highlands council will be putting the second phase of their recovery plan into action starting on June 23rd.

The plan includes extending the closure of all public facilities and cancelling programs and events until July 31st. “More specifically, the municipality’s swim program for summer 2020 as well as the municipality’s household hazardous waste day scheduled for July 18, 2020 have both been cancelled,” Mayor Vic Bodnar says in a statement. “The October 17, 2020 household hazardous waste day may have extended hours to accommodate the July 18, 2020 event being cancelled.” While all municipal buildings, facilities, playground structures, community centres and picnic shelters are closed, access to provincial beaches is now permitted.

“Additionally, outdoor recreational spaces including baseball diamonds and soccer fields will be open for public use but not available for rentals,” Bodnar adds. “These spaces will not permit the use of any organized recreational leagues.” He says this includes outdoor furniture like picnic tables with public washrooms also staying closed.

Bodnar says the recovery plan will be changed as needed. “The protection and the health and safety for staff and our community remains paramount and has guided all decisions made in this incremental phased approved to the municipality’s recovery plan,” he says.

Written by Mathew Reisler