Orillia delays drop-in program registration with a potential move back to lockdown

With rising case count Health Unit may ask province for regional lockdown

The City of Orillia has postponed today’s start to drop-in program registration at the Orillia Recreation Centre while the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit considers a return to the Grey – Lockdown zone.

“Dr. Gardner made it very clear today (Tuesday) both on his Facebook Live briefing and in follow-up discussion with City staff that he is seriously considering advising the Province that Simcoe-Muskoka be moved back to the Grey – Lockdown zone and recommended maintaining the present status of our facilities,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “We understand that not moving forward at this time with drop-in programming at our wonderful recreation centre is disappointing, but the very real concern of highly transmissible variants of concern and the number of cases in our region going up instead of down make our decision to delay prudent.”

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The City was working towards a March 1 opening of the Orillia Recreation Centre to the broader public through pre-registered drop-in programs

User groups already contacted by the City are able to access Rotary Place as of today (Feb. 24) and the Orillia Recreation Centre on Feb. 26 as is permitted in the Red – Control zone. Strict adherence to all public health and safety measures is mandatory.

For recreation-related questions and information, contact 705-325-4FUN.