Oakville to take a cautious approach to reopening


Published February 18, 2022 at 12:39 pm

Oakville residents are reminded that all public health measures remain in effect. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

The Town of Oakville says it will take a gradual approach to increasing capacity limits and reopening services and facilities.

The provincial government announced the lifting of public health measures on Thursday across Ontario, moving into the next phase of its reopening plan.

The province increased gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors and organized public events are limited to 50 people indoors with no limit to outdoors.

Oakville says it will take a more cautious approach to ensure the safety of staff and its residents.

Recreation and Culture facilities will remain under the two-metre distancing requirement.

“Please remember to follow all public health measures and regulations that are in place to keep everyone safe so we can continue on this reopening path,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

“Getting fully vaccinated if you haven’t done so already will also help us stay on this path and reduce the strain on our local health system and dedicated frontline staff.”

Province-wide vaccination efforts will continue and Ontario will remain in this temporary reopening step until March 1 when the government intents to ease more public health measures, including lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings.

All public health measures currently remain in effect in Oakville, including proof of vaccination with a QR code, COVID-19 health screening, and physical distancing from those outside your household.

Masks are still required at all times indoors except when exercising.

Expanded capacity

  • Capacity limits for all recreation and culture programs and services will gradually increase based on available resources starting February 17.
  • Pre-registration is recommended for drop-in programs but not required.
  • Access to the fitness centre is no longer limited to the hourly time slots, pre-registration is not required.
  • Recreational swims will increase capacities based on available resources.
  • The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts is resuming in-person performances at 50 per cent capacity.
  • The Oakville Museum is open for drop-in and pre-booked activities.
  • Rental permits are available and capacities will be increased where facilities can accommodate.
  • Registration for spring programs and summer camps opens on March 2 at 7 a.m.

What remains closed

  • At this time, Town Hall is closed to the public, including Service Oakville, all service counters, and meeting and event spaces, with the exception of appointments for marriage licences and Proof of Life forms. Please check oakville.ca for updates next week on when Town Hall will reopen.
  • Residents and businesses are encouraged to continue using the town’s online services where possible.

For updates to town programs and services, visit the COVID-19 Information page.

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