COVID-19: Reopening Middlesex Centre

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Last updated on November 9, 2020.

In March 2020, the municipality closed all municipal offices, parks and facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs including recreational skating and those offered by our partner organizations like the Middlesex County Library and YMCA were cancelled.

Fortunately most municipal services (water and wastewater delivery and treatment, roads maintenance, building inspections, waste collection and yard waste drop-off, etc.) continued to be offered despite these closures.

As we start to "flatten the curve" for COVID-19, we expect that municipal facilities will gradually reopen.
 

MXC Project Restart

Overview - MXC Project Restart COVID19

Reopening Middlesex Centre will take place in three phases:

  • Phase 1 - parks open for walk-through, arenas, community centres and other recreation services closed, municipal office closed to public, with most staff working from home 
  • Phase 2 - sports fields and courts open, limited opening of Wellness Centre and services such as the library and YMCA, expanded materials accepted at EnviroDepot, municipal office open by appointment only, with limited staff in the office
  • Phase 3 - playgrounds and all park amenities open, all facilities open, municipal office open

As you'll see in the full "MXC Project Restart" Plan below, there are no timelines associated with reopening. Rather, the plan offers a road map to reopening, with timing based on guidance and direction from the province and Middlesex-London Health Unit.

"MXC Project Restart" Plan

The reopening plan includes steps for increased safety in response to COVID-19. For example, there will be enhanced cleaning and sanitizing and glass barriers at customer service counters. These steps are in place for the safety of both residents and municipal staff.

 

Where are we NOW?

Please see our main COVID-19 information page for updates on the status of all municipal services.

For information on what businesses are open, please visit the Government of Ontario's website.

In all cases, parks users must, at a minimum, comply with Provincial guidelines on gathering sizes, physical distancing, and so forth.

 

Status: Reopening of Municipal Facilities & Programs

Facility or Service Current Status Notes

Municipal Office

Open - Many Services require Appointment

  • The municipal office is open for bill payments and other front-desk activities.

  • Services such as building, planning, and municipal clerk (weddings, lottery licensing, etc.) require an appointment.

  • Visitors must wear masks or face coverings (if medically able), sign-in to the building, and practice physical distancing.

  • During this period, residents and businesses are encouraged to take advantage of our online services where possible (billing, building permits), or to contact staff via phone or email.

  • Please see Building Department & COVID-19: Updates for specific information related to building permits, inspections, etc.

Parks - General Use (walking, hiking, dog walking, biking)

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart); avoid gathering in groups.
  • Note all washrooms are closed at this time.
  • Please ensure dogs remain on-leash.

Parks - Playgrounds

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Hours of Operation: dawn to dusk
  • To ensure everyone has a safe, fun visit, please:
  1. Avoid large gatherings.
  2. Practice physical distancing.
  3. If the play structure is busy, visit again later.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth.
  5. Use hand sanitizer thoroughly & often.
  6. Stay home if you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Note all washrooms are closed at this time.

Parks - Splash Pads

Closed for the season

 

Parks -  Pavilions

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Open for individual families (same household) to briefly take a rest, have a snack, etc; come back later if areas are in use; practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart); avoid gathering in groups.
  • Not available for rentals at this time.

Parks - Ball Hockey Rink

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Open for individual families (same household) for informal play/practice; come back later if areas are in use; practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart); avoid gathering in groups.
  • Not open for organized sports or rentals at this time.

Parks - Basketball Courts

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Open for individual families (same household) for informal play/practice; come back later if areas are in use; practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart); avoid gathering in groups.
  • Not open for organized sports or rentals at this time.

Parks - Skate Parks

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Open for individual families (same household) for informal play/practice; come back later if areas are in use; practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart); avoid gathering in groups.
  • Not open for organized sports or rentals at this time.

Parks - Sports Fields: Soccer Pitches & Ball Diamonds

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Open for individual families (same household) for informal play/practice; come back later if areas are in use; practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart); avoid gathering in groups.
  • May be open for organized sport rentals if they can show compliance with Provincial guidelines. Please contact our Facility Booking team for details.

Parks - Tennis & Pickleball Courts

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart); come back later if courts are in use; avoid gathering in groups.
  • See COVID-19 Best Practice Guides: 
    Tennis Canada 
    Pickleball Ontario

Parks - Dog Off-Leash Areas ("Paws in Parks")

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Brief visits; come back later if dog-off-leash area is busy; human visitors should practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart).
  • Note dogs must be on-leash at all other parks, including those parts of Douglas B. Weldon Park and the Ilderton Rail Trail which are not designated as part of the "Paws in Parks" program.

Facilities - Arenas

Komoka & Ilderton Arenas - Open: Special Rules Apply

  • Ice time at the Komoka Wellness Centre may be made available under very strict guidelines for athletic competitors in training programs conducted by a recognized Provincial or National Sport Organization.
  • Ilderton Arena is open (special rules as above).
  • All skaters, coaches, parents, etc. must follow the COVID-19 Section 22 rules established by the Middlesex London Health Unit. See our COVID-19 Rules for Arenas document for details.
  • Most recreational skating and pick-up hockey programs are not offered at this time. Public skating will start being phased in on November 16, 2020, with Adult Skating (18+) at the Komoka Wellness Centre.
  • Contact Facility Booking staff for details.

Facilities - Community Centres

Limited availability

  • Most community centres remain closed at this time.
  • The London Life Community Rooms at the Komoka Wellness Centre are available for rental. Contact Wellness Centre staff for details.
  • The Delaware Community Centre may be available for rent if users in compliance with currently Provincial guidelines for indoor gatherings (less than 10). Please contact our Facility Booking team for details.

Facilities - Komoka Wellness Centre

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Ice time at the Komoka Wellness Centre may be made available for rental under very strict guidelines for athletic competitors in training programs conducted by a recognized Provincial or National Sport Organization.
  • The London Life Community Rooms at the Komoka Wellness Centre are available for rental.
  • The YMCA fitness centre is open. Hours and services may vary.
  • The Middlesex County Library's Komoka Branch is open for curbside pick-up. They are also offering computer-access by appointment.

Waste & Recycling - EnviroDepots

Open - Special Rules Apply

 

Note: EnviroDepots close for the season on Nov. 14, 2020

  • As of June 6, all materials traditionally accepted at the EnviroDepots will be accepted (see the list under Waste & Recycling).
  • Try-Recycling (Clarke Rd) accepting other materials.
  • Special protocols for physical distancing on-site.

Waste & Recycling - Household Special (Hazardous) Waste

Open

 

Your thoughts & comments

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