COVID-19: Reopening Middlesex Centre

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Middlesex Centre Project Restart

Throughout the "waves" of the pandemic, some municipal buildings and facilities have been required to close. Programs including recreational skating and those offered by our partner organizations like the Middlesex County Library and YMCA were cancelled. Core 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.

The Project Restart Plan was developed to allow for a gradual reopening of municipal services and amenities: 

  • 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, 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. We have found find ourselves moving up-and-down through the reopening phases as the impacts of COVID-19 change.

Safety - 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.
 

Status of Municipal Facilities & Programs

As of July 16, 2021 (Step 3 of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopening), outdoor gathering limits will increase to 100 people.

Facility or Service Current Status Notes

Municipal Office

Open - Most services are by appointment only

  • The municipal office in Coldstream is open for bill payments and front desk services; all other services are by appointment.

  • As staff may be working remotely, we encourage residents and businesses to take advantage of our online services where possible (billing, building permits), or to contact staff via phone or email.

  • If you have an emergency situation, please use the emergency numbers listed at the top of our staff list.

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

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart).
  • Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits.
  • Please ensure dogs remain on-leash, and remember to pick-up after your pet.

Parks - Playgrounds

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Hours of Operation: dawn to dusk
  • To ensure everyone has a safe, fun visit, please:
  1. Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits.
  2. Practice physical distancing.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth.
  4. Use hand sanitizer thoroughly & often.
  5. Stay home if you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms.

Parks - Splash Pads

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Hours of Operation: 10am to 8pm (Summer months of July and August - 9am to 8pm).
  • To ensure everyone has a safe, fun visit, please:
  1. Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits.
  2. Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft) .
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose & mouth.
  4. Use hand sanitizer thoroughly & often.
  5. Stay home if you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 symptoms.

Parks -  Pavilions

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart).
  • Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • Contact our Facility Booking team for details about renting pavilions for special events.

Parks - Ball Hockey Rink

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart).
  • Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.

Parks - Basketball Courts

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart).
  • Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.

Parks - Skate Parks

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart).
  • Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits.
  • Stay home if you are unwell.

Parks - Sports Fields: Soccer Pitches & Ball Diamonds

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • For informal play:
  1. Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart).
  2. Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits. 
  3. Stay home if you are unwell.
  • For sports teams:
  1. Outdoor training is limited based on Provincial guidelines.
  2. Contact our Facility Booking team for details about booking sports fields.

Parks - Tennis & Pickleball Courts

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • Practice physical distancing (2m / 6ft apart).
  • Gathering numbers are limited to the current Provincial limits. 
  • Stay home if you are unwell.
  • See COVID-19 Best Practice Guides: 
  • Tennis Canada 
    Pickleball Ontario

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

Open - Special Rules Apply

  • 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.
  • Please pick up after your pet - poop and scoop.

Facilities - Arenas

Komoka Wellness Centre Arenas Open - Special Rules Apply

 

Ilderton Arena Closed

  • Arenas at the Komoka Wellness Centre are available for rentals / team play.
  • If you are booking for a team, you may be asked to complete a COVID-19 screening protocol, which you can find at the bottom of this page.
  • If you are coming for a game/practice, please: 1) arrive no earlier than 15 mins prior to your ice time; 2) wear a mask or face covering when moving through the building or watching the game/practice; 3) sit with 2m / 6ft between groups; and 4) leave promptly when your game/practice ends.
  • Ilderton Arena is closed for the season. 
  • Contact Facility Booking staff for details.

Facilities - Community Centres

Delaware Community Centre Open

 

Other centres open for booking starting Aug 3. 

  • Community centres are available for booking starting August 3. 
  • The Delaware Community Centre is now open for booking. If you do wish to book, you may be asked to complete a COVID-19 Safety Protocol Document, which you can find at the bottom of this page.
  • Contact our Facility Booking team for further details.

Facilities - Komoka Wellness Centre

Open for booked group / teams only

 

Check with YMCA and Library for their operating hours. 

 

 

  • The Komoka Wellness Centre is now open, and activities will be resuming over the coming weeks. Please follow all COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a mask or face covering in the building. 
  • Note: Splash pad, playground and market visitors should continue to use the porta-potties provided.
  • Please contact our Facility Booking team for details about future arenas and community rooms bookings.
  • Please contact the YMCA for information on their hours and service availability (including access to exercise equipment, the gym and the walking track).
  • Please contact the Middlesex County Library for information on their hours and service availability.

Waste & Recycling - EnviroDepots

Open

  • The EnviroDepots at Denfield and Longwoods are open.
  • Please practice physical distancing and wear a mask when dealing with staff.
  • Debit card payment only (if required)
  • For locations, hours and a list of accepted materials, please see our Waste and Recycling page.
     
  • Try-Recycling (Clarke Rd) is open and available for residential use.

Waste & Recycling - Household Special (Hazardous) Waste

Open

 

Your thoughts & comments

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