Scugog makes recreation program rule changes due to COVID-19

by The Standard | Podcast Nov 19, 2020

DAN CEARNS,
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

SCUGOG: With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to play a factor on day-to-day life in Ontario, the Township of Scugog has decided to make some sports and recreation related changes.


A township press release, posted on Thursday November 12th, stated “following the Province of Ontario’s order to move Durham Region to the Yellow–Protect level on November 7th, 2020, the Township of Scugog will be supporting the government’s efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19” by taking several actions.


One of these is to not allow anyone into the Scugog Community Recreation Centre without a reservation.


“All individual program participants will need to register online including skate programs, walking program and The Lookout youth centre,” the press release explained.


The township is also limiting the number of people in fitness classes to 10 people per room and increasing spacing to three metres for patrons in “areas of sport or recreation where there are exercise/fitness classes.”


Pickleball use will allow 12 participants using 3 courts, and play will be limited only to residents of Durham Region.


Earlier this month, the township also announced they will be keeping the Blackstock Arena on Church Street closed for the 2020/2021 ice season.


A township statement explains this decision was made “due to lack of ice demands and physical distancing challenges in the facility.”
“The main hall at the Blackstock Recreation Complex still remains available for facility bookings at this time,” the statement added.