What Oakville can expect as it moves into Step 3 of the provincial reopening plan on Friday

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Published July 15, 2021 at 9:49 pm

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Oakville residents can dine indoors, go see a movie and even workout at their local gym beginning Friday when the town and the rest of Ontario moves into Step 3 of the provincial reopening plan.

The move into Step 3 allows for up to 100 people, with some exceptions, at outdoor special gatherings and organized public events. Indoor social gathering and organized public events will be permitted to have up to 25 people. 

 “We know residents and our local businesses have been eager to enter Step 3 of the Province’s reopening plan and the town is excited to be able to reopen additional facilities and services permitted under Step 3,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

“As we resume participating in more activities please continue to do so safely by following all public health measures and regulations in place.”

Ontario will remain in Step 3 for at least 21 more days, before the majority of remaining restrictions are lifted. The rising vaccination rates have helped lead to lowest number of COVID-19 cases in Halton in months.

The Town of Oakville is reminding citizens that all public health measures remain in effect and they should continue to maintain a minimum two-metre distance from those outside your household and wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Participants of Recreation and Culture programs will not be required to provide proof of vaccination. 

Here’s what’s opening July 16:

  • Sports fields – organized sports and leagues resume
  • Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre fitness centre
  • Picnic areas, on a first come first serve basis
  • Civil marriage ceremonies, and outdoor wedding ceremonies at Nottinghill Park
  • Photography in parks permits – Nottinghill Park requires a permit
  • Municipal Greenhouse by appointment only
  • Special Event applications for events taking place on or after August 3 

What’s opening soon:

  • Remaining fitness centres open on July 19
  • Indoor pools, with exception of Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre, by pre-booked appointment, starting July 19
  • Facility rental applications for indoor facilities will be accepted starting July 19 for dates on or after July 26
  • Oakville Museum – pre-booked indoor tours resume July 20
  • Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre pool opens July 22
  • Indoor group exercise classes start July 26
  • Ice arenas – drop in skates at Sixteen Mile Sport Complex and River Oaks Rink B on July 26
  • Seniors Centres for limited in-person activities on July 26

What remains closed:

  • All service counters other than ServiceOakville within Town Hall. Online services and electronic applications are available.
  • Oakville Centre for Performing Arts is closed to in-person events until September. Virtual events continue. 
  • Pool spas, saunas and slides
  • Kinoak, Maple Grove, Joshua’s Creek Arenas and White Oaks Pool remain closed for the summer  

The Town says it will continue to follow direction from the Province of Ontario and Halton Public Health. For more information on Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine program, visit halton.ca.

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