Here’s what’s closed and cancelled in Peterborough and the Kawarthas due to COVID-19

A running list of closures, cancellations, and service changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, updated daily

The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope has suspended all performances, including theatre and concerts, until at least July 30, 2020. (Photo: Capitol Theatre)
The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope has suspended all performances, including theatre and concerts, until at least July 30, 2020. (Photo: Capitol Theatre)
This story was last updated on April 20, 2020. It is no longer being maintained due to the overwhelming number of changes and cancellations during the COVID-19 pandemic. For major provincial or municipal developments and for significant event cancellations such as festivals, kawarthaNOW will publish individual stories to advise readers.

Here is a list of closures, service changes, and cancelled and postponed events in Peterborough and the Kawarthas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note this list is as comprehensive as possible but the situation is changing rapidly as the pandemic continues, so some information may be out of date. You should always confirm the details with the source business or organization, particularly with respect to municipal services and programming.

 

Province of Ontario

On March 17, 2020, the Ontario government mandated the closure of all bars and restaurants (except for the provision of takeout and food delivery), facilities providing indoor recreational programs, public libraries, private schools, licensed child care centres, movie cinemas and theatres (including those offering live performances of music, dance and other art forms), and concert venues.

On March 23, 2020, the Ontario government expanded the declaration to order the closure of all businesses and organizations except those deemed as “essential workplaces” (see the list of essential workplaces).

On March 28, 2020, the Ontario government made a new emergency order under Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that prohibits public events and social gatherings of more than five people, replacing the previous emergency order prohibiting organized public events of more than 50 people. Exceptions apply to private households with five people or more, child care centres supporting front-line health care workers and first responders (limit of 50 people), and funerals (limit of 10 people at a time).

On March 30, 2020, the Ontario government made a new emergency order under Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to close all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities. The Province also extended the state of emergency until Monday, April 13th from the original date of Tuesday, March 31st (the legislation only allows orders in 14-day increments).

On March 31, 2020, the Ontario government announced that all schools in Ontario will remain closed until at least Friday, May 1st for teachers, and until at least Monday, May 4th for students. The Province also announced that private schools, licensed child care centres, and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until Monday, April 13th. Selected child care centres designated to support front-line health care workers and first responders will remain open.

On April 2, 2020, the Ontario government announced that Ontario’s entire legislated fire region will be designated as a restricted fire zone effective Friday, April 3rd. In the Kawarthas, the fire region includes Haliburton County and northern portions of Hastings County, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough County. Residents who live in the restricted fire zone cannot have an outdoor fire of any kind. This includes burning of grass, debris, and campfires (even when using an outdoor fire grate, fire place, or fire pit).

On April 3, 2020, the Ontario government issued an order to restrict the number of businesses and organizations deemed as “essential workplaces”. Specified businesses on the list will be required to provide services by alternate methods such as curbside pick up and delivery, except in exceptional circumstances. These business include stores that sell cannabis, hardware products, vehicle parts and supplies, pet and animal supplies, office supplies, computer products and repairs, and safety supplies. Only critical construction projects will continue, including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads, and bridges. New starts in residential projects will stop, while only residential construction that is near completion will continue. See the revised list of essential workplaces.

On April 11, 2020, the Ontario government extended all emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until Thursday, April 23, including the closure of outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas, non-essential workplaces, public places and bars and restaurants, along with restrictions on social gatherings and the prohibition of price gouging.

On April 14, 2020, the Ontario government extended the province’s state of emergency until Tuesday, May 12th. The extension of the provincial declaration of emergency allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as the closure of all non-essential workplaces, outdoor amenities such as parks and recreational areas, public places and bars and restaurants, as well as restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and prohibitions against price gouging.

 

Municipalities

The most recent updates for each municipality are at the bottom of each section; these may supplement or replace earlier updates. This list is provided as a referenc only and is not comprehensive. Please ensure you check your municipality’s website for the most current updates.

City of Peterborough

The City of Peterborough has declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. For the most recent updates to City of Peterborough cancellations, closures, and service reductions in visit www.peterborough.ca/covid19.

All city-operated public facilities are closed effective Saturday, March 14th to Saturday, April 4th, including Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, the Peterborough Museum and Archives, the Peterborough Public Library, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Riverview Park and Zoo, Peterborough Memorial Centre, Morrow Building, Evinrude Centre, Kinsmen Civic Centre, and Northcrest Arena. All public use of and events and programs at these facilities, including March Break camps, are cancelled. Before-and-after school programs at Edmison Heights School and Westmount Public School are cancelled. Pearson Child Care Centre is closed.

Effective Monday, March 16th, the Peterborough Police Service is asking members of the community to restrict attending police headquarters unless absolutely necessary. Police are no longer accepting in-person record check applications or in-person freedom of information requests. To limit contact with the public and mitigate potential staff-shortages, police may process some calls for service over the telephone or online instead of having an officer attend. You may see members of the police service wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks for their own protection as well as for the protection of the public. For more details, visit peterboroughpolice.com/2020/03/monday-march-16-2020-covid-19-media-release/.

Peterborough Day Care Centre is closed effective Wednesday, March 18th until Monday, April 6th.

Effective Wednesday, March 18th, the Public Operations Centre (Public Works) administration office at 791 Webber Ave. is closed to the public, as is the Community Services administration office at 210 Wolfe Street.

As of Tuesday, March 17th, the One Roof drop-in centre at St. John’s Anglican Church at 99 Brock Street is closed to visitors. The meal program will continue on a take-out only basis with lunch provided starting at 1 p.m., Monday through Sunday, as a take-away meal. No one will enter the building. One Roof staff will guide a line-up system to encourage people to maintain a safe distance apart.

Effective 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th, Peterborough City Hall will be closed to the public until and including Tuesday, March 31st, respecting the social distancing recommendations from public health officials. The City of Peterborough encourages residents to connect online through peterborough.ca or use phone services whenever possible.

Peterborough Utilities has suspended all disconnection of water services until further notice. Residential customers are currently under the mandated moratorium on electric disconnect until Friday, May 1st; this moratorium will be extended for 90 days beyond May 1st or until further notice. Small or large commercial customers concerned about paying bills due to hardship should contact Peterborough Utilities to discuss extended bill payment options. Effective Wednesday, May 18th, Peterborough Utilities has temporarily disabled its two daytime phone lines (705-748-6900 and 705-748-9300) and replaced them with a virtual call centre at 1-888-841-3372 to reach customer service staff only, available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Peterborough Utilities has also closed its payment drop box at its main office (1867 Ashburnham Dr., Peterborough) to help prevent or limit potential contact of the virus on mail/envelopes; payment can be made online or by telephone.

The City and County of Peterborough household hazardous waste and e-waste drop-off depot at 390 Pido Road is closed until further notice; the recycling depot remains open for drop-offs. Recycling blue boxes are temporarily not available for sale at the Materials Recycling Facility at 390 Pido Road, at City Hall, or at Peterborough GreenUP. The Peterborough City/County landfill at 1260 Bensfort Road is temporarily closed to the general public effective Friday, March 20th; this decision will be re-evaluated prior to Tuesday, March 31st. Commercial account holders will still be able to access the landfill. Curbside garbage and recycling collection continues as regularly scheduled, but residents are asked to ensure their garbage is properly bagged for pickup to help protect the health and safety of staff who are handling the material.

Effective Thursday, March 19th, Peterborough Transit has cancelled Trent University and Fleming College services to match expected reduction in ridership associated with school closures due to COVID-19. The transit routes for Trent University and Fleming College, including the Fleming Lansdowne, Fleming Sherbrooke, Fleming Late Night, Trent East Bank, Trent West Bank, and Trent Late Night services will be cancelled until further notice. Effective Tuesday, March 31st until further notice, Peterborough Transit will operate every day on an enhanced Sunday service schedule from 8 a.m. to 7:20 p.m., including the #12 Major Bennett route. Trips on Technology Drive will continue to be offered Monday through Friday, except for Good Friday. Bus frequency on routes remains the same as regular 40-minute service. Specialized service (Handivan) start times will remain unchanged. End of day service for the specialized service will be adjusted to finish at 7:20 p.m. The Community Bus will operate from 9 a.m. with service until 4:50 p.m., seven days a week. The service will also operate on Good Friday. The customer service area at the Simcoe Street bus terminal will be closed to the public effective 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

The City of Peterborough is not requiring people to pay for on-street parking or parking in municipal surface lots; any money deposited into the pay-and-display meters will be donated to Kawartha Food Share. Paying for parking is still required at municipal parking garages and the city will continue to offer one hour of free parking at all parking garages. Parking fees can be paid at pay-and-display machines, parking meters, or using the Hot Spot parking app (recommended to reduce the physical exchange of cash). Parking enforcement will focus on maintaining emergency access and keeping streets clear for transportation needs (such as illegal parking in front of hydrants, blocking bus stops/no stopping zones, and ensuring people are parking on the right side of the street in calendar parking areas, commercial loading zones, and accessible parking spaces).

For City of Peterborough building services, building permit applications and plans can be submitted electronically at residentialpermits@peterborough.ca or commercialpermits@peterborough.ca. Hard copies of plans and documents can be submitted by using a drop box inside of the doors of the north wing (Carnegie Wing) of City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. The drop box is between the outer and inner doors (the inner doors are locked and will not be opened). Documents for planning applications that have already been initiated can also be submitted using the drop box inside the doors of the north wing at City Hall; the city is currently not accepting new planning applications. Documents submitted using the drop box will be disinfected and held for three days before being distributed to City staff for processing. With the temporary closure of City Hall to the public, permit fees need to be paid by cheque, which can be mailed to the City of Peterborough, 500 George St. N., K9H 3R9 or dropped in the mailbox outside the main entrance of City Hall. Inspections for issued permits are continuing; inspectors have the right to refuse any inspection if there are concerns regarding the health of occupants in the building, the number of occupants in a space, answers provided by occupants to screening questions from the inspectors, or any other issue. People may be asked to vacate an area or a building for an inspection to take place. All refusals to process an inspection will be reported to city management for review and follow-up.

The City of Peterborough has indefinitely postponed 2021 Budget Roadshow meetings previously scheduled in March and April. The city is looking at options to continue the conversation with the community remotely and will provide an update once arrangements are made.

For City of Peterborough curbside garbage collection, place all personal and household hygiene items such as tissues, wipes, and paper towels in a plastic bag, to be tightly tied and placed in a regular garbage bag or pail. Refrain from placing loose hygiene items in any untied bag or loosely in a garbage pail. Curbside waste that has not been properly bagged may not be collected.

Beginning March 31, 2020, Peterborough Transit will deliver dedicated by-reservation transit service in the evening to serve riders travelling to and from work at essential workplaces as identified in the list of essential workplaces by the Province of Ontario, such as healthcare and the supply of critical products such as groceries and medication. he service will operate using accessibility vans between 7:20 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. seven days a week. In line with Peterborough Transit’s current physical distancing measures, there will be no fare transactions for the service. Riders will be required to request their travel arrangements at least 24 hours in advance of their trip. The booking process will confirm that travel is to and/or from work at an essential employer and identify any accessibility requirements. To allow for physical distancing, each van will carry a maximum of two customers at a time. Due to reduced seating capacity and fluctuating service demands, trips may be limited based on the availability of vans and may be subject to drop off/pick up time adjustments. Please remember that seat belts must be worn on all Peterborough Transit Accessibility vans. Reservations will be accepted starting Friday, March 27th. Contact Peterborough Transit’s accessible booking line between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 705-745-5801.

Effective Friday, March 27th, all municipal playground equipment in the City of Peterborough is closed, along with the outdoor adult gym at Beavermead Park. Municipal parks, trails, and greenspaces remain open, but public gatherings are not allowed and anyone who uses the spaces must maintain physical distancing of at least two metres (6.5 feet) from others. Dogs must be leashed.

On March 31, 2020, the City of Peterborough announced it is extending the closure of most city facilities to the public until Monday, April 13th, matching the Province of Ontario’s extension of its emergency declaration. The following facilities are closed: City Hall; Community Services administration office (210 Wolfe St.); Public Works Operations Centre; Provincial Offences Act court and administration office; Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre; Peterborough Public Library; Peterborough Museum and Archives; Art Gallery of Peterborough; Peterborough Memorial Centre; community arenas; playgrounds, sports fields, parks, and other shared outdoor recreational amenities; and the city-county landfill. Services provided by Peterborough Police, Peterborough Fire Services and Peterborough County-City Paramedics continue, but their stations are closed to non-essential visits.

City of Peterborough transit service continues to operate on an enhanced Sunday service schedule from 8 a.m. to 7:20 p.m., including the #12 Major Bennett route. Trips on Technology Drive continue to be offered Monday through Friday, except for Good Friday (April 10). Bus frequency on routes remains the same as regular 40-minute service. The Community Bus operates from 9 a.m. with service until 4:50 p.m., seven days a week, including Good Friday. All customers will board the bus using the rear door with exception of individuals with accessibility needs. To eliminate the personal contact that is required for the physical exchange of fares, customers will not be required to pay or show fare media. Peterborough Transit offers dedicated by-reservation transit service between 7:20 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to serve riders travelling to and from work at essential workplaces as identified in the list of essential workplaces by the Province of Ontario, such as healthcare and the supply of critical products such as groceries and medication.

Ontario Works cheques were mailed to recipients on schedule last week. Clients can contact their case workers by phone at 705-748-8830, email or text. For clients who do not have access to telephone or email, public access to the Social Services office at 178 Charlotte St. is limited to the reception area on the first floor.All Ontario Works applications will be done online at https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/apply_online.aspx or over the phone at 705-748-8830.

Weekly garbage and recycling curbside collection continues. Green Waste collection begins as normally scheduled on Tuesday, April 7th. The Pido Road Recycling Depot remains open 24/7.

The April 4th provincial order closing all non-essential construction sites means that only construction projects that are either all residential units or are mostly residential may continue, along with projects for any level of government, are allowed to continue in the City of Peterborough. Residential additions or renovations are allowed to continue provided they were started legally (with a building permit where required) and work physically commenced before April 4th. New single unit dwellings, semi-detached homes, townhomes, apartment buildings, and condominiums are allowed to continue provided they had the required building permits issued on or before 11:59 p.m. on April 4th. The city is still accepting building permit applications, reviewing plans, and processing applications and accepting fees. Applications can be submitted electronically at residentialpermits@peterborough.ca for residential applications and commercialpermits@peterborough.ca for commercial permits. Hard copies of plans and documents can be submitted using a drop box inside the north wing (Carnegie Wing) of City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Outside of critical inspections such as foundation, structural, plumbing and HVAC venting and alarm/detection systems, inspections will not be undertaken in occupied dwelling units. In addition, any inspection may be refused by inspectors for reasons of occupational health and safety. If an inspection has been refused, the work must stop at that point. The decision of the Chief Building Official on these matters will be final.

The City of Peterborough is extending the closure of almost all city facilities to the public and the suspension of most in-person services and related programs until at least Sunday, May 31st. The closure includes all recreation and cultural facilities, including Evinrude Centre, Kinsmen Civic Centre, Peterborough Memorial Centre, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough Museum and Archives, Peterborough Public Library, Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre; and all city parks amenities (sports fields, ball diamonds, skateboard parks, playground equipment and structures, the off-leash dog park, picnic areas, boat launches and community gardens). The closure includes the cancellation of all related programs, events, permits, and rental contracts at municipal indoor and outdoor facilities. The closure also applies to public access to the following facilities: City Hall, Community Services office at 210 Wolfe St., the Provincial Offences Office at 99 Simcoe St. and the Justice of the Peace intake office, Peterborough Fire Services fire halls, Public Works Operations Centre at 791 Webber Ave., and municipal child care centres (with the exception of emergency child care for health care and essential frontline service workers under the provincial emergency child care plan).

As of Tuesday, April 14th, the Peterborough County-City Landfill has reopened with new restrictions on how people use the landfill, including the number of people allowed on the site, the types of materials that can be dropped off, acceptable payment methods, limited services, and hours of operation. The temporary operating hours of the landfill are Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed on Sunday and statutory holidays. The number of customers allowed on the drop-off platform, bins, and tip face are limited. While in the lineup of vehicles to get into the landfill, all residents must stay in their vehicles and ensure that they are not blocking traffic on Bensfort Road. The re-use centre is closed. Textile donation bins are closed (textiles in garbage disposal is still acceptable). No cash (only accepting credit, debit or prearranged accounts) accepted for payments and no receipts. The landfill has implemented a new electronic payment method at the customer service booth to limit physical interaction. Landfill access will be monitored to evaluate any new measures that may need to be put in place for health and safety during the emergency.

Effective Wednesday, April 15th, Peterborough Transit is taking additional measures to support physical distancing and community safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, including changing where people get on and off buses at the Simcoe Street bus terminal for the busiest routes. Buses for Route #8 Monaghan and Route #7 Lansdowne will be stationed at the bus bay on Simcoe Street, where the Trent route buses normally pull into the terminal, to provide more space for passengers to wait while staying at least two metres apart. Route #10 Collison buses will be at the east end of the terminal instead of their normal location in the bus bay area. Security personnel and transit supervisors will be available to assist customers with boarding. Peterborough Transit asks that people limit their use of transit to essential trips only during the COVID-19 emergency.

The City of Peterborough has postponed spring planting of trees and flower gardens. Tulip bulbs will be removed when they are finished blooming; however, the tulip bulb sale has been cancelled. Spring clean up of parks and public spaces, seasonal preparation of sports fields and facility grounds, street sweeping, curb-cuts and lawn maintenance is underway with some changes to the services to protect health and wellbeing of the community and City of Peterborough workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents will see measures such as City workers who are maintaining public areas spread out to help ensure they remain two metres apart and only one employee per maintenance vehicle.

County of Peterborough

The County of Peterborough has declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. For the most recent updates to County of Peterborough cancellations, closures, and service reductions in visit www.ptbocounty.ca/covid19.

Peterborough County is requesting residents make use of the curbside recycling and garbage programs available to them, and store bulky items (leaf and yard, brush, white goods, clothing donations, construction materials etc.) on their property and refrain from bringing them to local transfer stations at this time. Township transfer stations have been experiencing a surge in use in the last week that is not allowing for appropriate social distancing and threatening their ability to stay open.

Selwyn Township has closed the following facilities until further notice: Lakefield-Smith Community Centre, Ennismore Community Centre, Bridgenorth Community Hall, Marshland Centre, and all three public libraries (Bridgenorth, Ennismore, and Lakefield branches). The municipal office is closed to public access starting Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. Municipal business will continue and staff will still be available by contacting the municipal office at 705-292-9507, by email info@selwyntownship.ca, and at www.selwyntownship.ca. Customers can pay bills through various online methods or can use the drop box at the municipal office (1310 Centre Line, Selwyn).

Effective Monday, March 16th, Asphodel-Norwood Township has closed Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre and the Norwood and Westwood branches of the Asphodel-Norwood Library. The municipal office at 2357 County Road 45 in Norwood is closed to the public; municipal business will continue with municipal staff and council being available to the public at 705-639-5343 or info@antownship.ca, but no in-person access. Customers can make payments using various online methods or the office drop box.

Cavan Monaghan Township has closed Cavan Monaghan Community Centre, Old Millbrook Arena, Old Millbrook School (including the EarlyON Child and Family Centre), and the Millbrook and Bruce Johnson branches of Cavan Monaghan Libraries. All special meetings and events have been cancelled. LifeLabs has been moved to 849 Alexander Court in Peterborough. The municipal office is closed to public access from Tuesday, March 17th until Monday April 6th. Municipal business will continue and staff will still be available by contacting the municipal office at 705-932-2929, by email services@cavanmonaghan.net, and at www.cavanmonaghan.net. Customers can pay bills through various online methods or can use the drop box at the municipal office (988 County Rd. 10, Millbrook_.

Otonabee-South Monaghan Township has closed the Otonabee Memorial Community Centre in Keene and all events and activities there are cancelled. Library branches in Keene, Bailieboro, and Stewart Hall will be closed until Tuesday, April 7th.

Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township has cancelled all events at the Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Arena.

Douro-Dummer Township has closed the Douro Community Centre, the Douro Rec Centre, the Warsaw Community Centre, the Douro-Dummer Public Library, and the Town Hall. The township has also closed the public service counter at the municipal office at 894 South Street and postponed all upcoming council and committee meetings. The township has closed the Douro Community Centre, the Douro Rec Centre, the Warsaw Community Centre, the Douro-Dummer Public Library, and the Town Hall. The township has also closed the public service counter at the municipal office at 894 South Street and postponed all upcoming council and committee meetings. All parks are closed, including the Back Dam Park, Clintonia Park, Daleview Road Park, Douro North and South Park, Maryvale Park, Millennium Garden, Warsaw Fire Hall Park, and the Robert Johnston Eco-Forest Trail. All play structures and playgrounds are closed, including swings, sport fields, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, picnic shelters, and bleachers Fishing is not allowed at Crowe’s Landing and McCracken’s Landing Wharfs.

North Kawartha Township has closed all community centres, including the Glen Alda, Wilson Park, and North Kawartha Community Centres, along with the Fitness Centre and Arena Surface. All recreation programs and services are suspended until further notice. The Apsley and Woodview branches of North Kawartha Public Libraries are closed until Tuesday, April 7th and all March Break programming is cancelled.

The Municipality of Trent Lakes has closed the Trent Lakes Public Library and Good Buy Room through Friday, April 3rd.

Northumberland County

For the most recent updates to Northumberland County cancellations, closures, and service reductions in visit www.northumberland.ca/covid19. For Cobourg, visit cobourg.ca/covid-19. For Port Hope, visit porthope.ca/covid-19.

Town of Cobourg

The Town of Cobourg has closed to the public the Cobourg Community Centre, Victoria Hall (including the Concert Hall), Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, Building 7, Environmental Services Plants 1 and 2, Cobourg Police Station, and Cobourg Fire Hall until Monday, April 6th (all employees are still expected to work as normal). All classes, recreational programs, facility spaces, March Break camps, gymnasiums, rinks, and walking spaces are cancelled. All Council meetings are suspended until Monday, April 6th. All branches of the Cobourg Public Library (Cobourg, Bewdley, Gore’s Landing) are closed at least until Monday, April 6th. During the temporary closure, due dates will be extended and fines waived (materials may be returned at the Cobourg branch drop box).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Cobourg has launched a new public information hotline (1-289-677-0585) to assist community members and vulnerable high-risk population with any needs they may have. The hotline operates seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and be managed by trained municipal staff who will respond to calls as they come in. The hotline will serve as an information and referral service aimed to link individuals and families to vital services throughout the community including food, financial relief initiatives, information on the virus and how to get tested, along with other forms of aid.

The Town of Cobourg has closed all play equipment and play structures, with signage at all parks warning residents to keep their children off all play equipment and play structures. This equipment is not sanitized, presenting a risk to those using the equipment to contract or spread the virus. Parks have not been closed at this time but citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain social distancing and keep up with handwashing/sanitizing after contact with any type of park equipment, such as benches, crosswalk signals, etc.

Effective March 31, 2020, the Town of Cobourg is closing all outdoor recreational amenities including the dog park, beach, skateboard park and tennis courts, matching the Province of Ontario’s extension of its emergency declaration. Green spaces in parks, trails and ravines can remain open for pass-through access only and visitors must maintain practice social/physical distancing of at least two metres apart from others.

Effective March 31, 2020, the Town of Cobourg is making additional changes to conventional transit and WHEELS transit. For conventional transit, there will be a maximum of eight people per bus to allow for sufficient social distancing, passengers must sit at least two metres away from others (including the driver), riders must have a destination drop-off within one hour that is not the location they got on the bus, and the windows on the bus will be kept open to promote air circulation. For WHEELS transit, there will be a limit of transporting one person per trip (or multiple people from same household), reoccurring (prescription) bookings will temporarily be cancelled, bBookings can only be made up to two days in advance, and members will be asked pre-screening questions upon booking to establish whether they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19. Citizens who need to book an appointment with WHEELS Transit are asked to only call during the hours of Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (905) 373-0582. Bookings for Saturday, Sunday or Monday must be made by Friday at 5 p.m. until further notice. Please avoid leaving a message as staffing may be reduced and response times delayed.

The Town of Cobourg has postponed the opening of the Cobourg Marina and Victoria Park Campground until Friday, May 29th. The boat launch is closed until further notice. The Town of Cobourg’s online reservation system for the 2020 Victoria Park Campground season also remains on hold and seasonal campers are not permitted to move in.

As Saturday, April 18th, the Town of Cobourg is reducing the hours of cnventional and WHEELS Transit buses to further protect drivers and riders from being unnecessarily exposed to COVID-19. The reduced operational hours will also serve to discourage ridership for purposes other than essential work, medical appointments, or trips to the pharmacy or grocery store. For cnventional transit, the following reduced hours will be implemented: Route One will operate Monday to Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and no service on Sunday; Route Two will operate Monday to Friday only during the peak times of 7:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:45 p.m., Saturday from 8:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. and no service on Sunday. Public transit remains free of charge with rear door entry only. All riders must maintain a two-metre distance from others, including the driver, and the eight passenger per bus limit remains in effect. WHEELS Transit will operate Monday to Friday from 6:45 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and no service on Sunday. Citizens who need to book an appointment with WHEELS Transit are required to call 24 to 48 hours in advance of travelling during the hours of Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 905-373-0582. Reduced hours will be in effect until further notice.

Municipality of Port Hope

The Municipality of Port Hope has closed the following non-essential municipal facilities until further notice: Jack Burger Sports Complex, Town Park Recreation Centre, Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors, Port Hope Public Library (both branches), Port Hope Community Hub, and the Marketing and Tourism Office at 20 Queen Street. All programs, camps, activities, and rentals that are scheduled to take place in these facilities will be cancelled. Full refunds will be issued to patrons.

The Municipality of Port Hope has closed the following public spaces in according with the Ontario government’s emergency order: West Beach, East Beach and Caldwell Street Beach access; sports fields, including all soccer pitches and baseball diamonds; park shelters, including Rotary Park Gazebo, the Bandshell in Memorial Park, and the comfort station at Baulch Road Park; park recreation equipment, including the activities at the Riverside Interactive Park; public garden spaces, including the rock garden at Peace Park; picnic areas, including those at Wladyka Park, Memorial Park, and Optimist Park. Playground equipment and structures and the skate park, dog park, and tennis courts remain closed. Access to green spaces, trails and walkways remain open at this time, but individuals are always reminded to keep a distance of at least two metres from one another.

The Municipality of Port Hope is extending the closure oof the branches of Port Hope Public Library (31 Queen Street in Port Hope and 5325 County Road 10, Port Hope (Canton)) until Monday, May 4th. All timelines may be evaluated based on the advice of the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit and as per provincial and federal government directives. Library loan due dates are extended and there will be no fines charged. Book drops remain open 24/7 for the return of library materials at both the Mary J. Benson and Port Hope Community Hub branches. Patrons are encouraged to access the library website at www.porthopepubliclibrary.ca to make use of electronic materials such as Flipster (free online magazines), Libby (free e-book and audio book downloads) and Mango Languages (over 70 languages available).

The Municipality of Port Hope has prohibited fishing on the boardwalk, docks, and pier south of the CN railway tracks (signage is being placed there to discourage group gatherings). The municipal boat launch is closed to the public (the launch will only be available to emergency services as required). Camping will not be permitted at the Cavan Street Park and Optimist Par. The following locations remain closed: all municipal facilities; West Beach, East Beach, and Caldwell Street Beach access; the Fish Ladder and Fish Cleaning Station; recreation and sports fields, including all soccer pitches, basketball courts, and baseball diamonds; playground equipment and structures (including school playgrounds), the skate park, dog park and tennis courts; park shelters, including Rotary Park Gazebo, the Bandshell in Memorial Park, and the comfort station at Baulch Road Park; picnic areas, including those at Wladyka Park, Memorial Park, and Optimist Park; park recreation equipment and amenities, including the activities at the Riverside Interactive Park and all park benches; and public garden spaces, including the rock garden at Peace Park. Residents who disregard these closures may be fined, under Parks By-law 54/2017 and/or the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The Municipality of Port Hope has postponed work on a number of non-essential municipal projects until further notice. These include the splash pad, bandshell maintenance, the Kinsmen Gazebo, and the Cenotaph Revitalization project in Memorial Park.
The Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) Project’s preparatory, excavation, and construction activities remain suspended until further notice and operations related to water management and site security, which are essential services, will continue where required at PHAI sites.

Other Northumberland municipalities

Alnwick/Haldimand Township has cancelled all programs and events at all municipal facilities including the Haldimand Memorial Arena and Park, Alnwick Civic Centre, Centreton Community Centre, Fenella Community Hall, and Vernonville Community Centre until Sunday, April 5th. All branches of the Alnwick/Haldimand Public Library (Centreton, Roseneath, and Bette LeBarr in Grafton) are closed until Tuesday, April 7th and all programs are cancelled. During the closure period, due dates will be extended and any fines incurred will be waived.

The Municipality of Brighton has closed the following facilities until Monday, April 6th: King Edward Park and Community Centre, Brighton Library, Brighton YMCA, Codrington Hall, Hilton Hall, and the Curling Club. All board and committee of council meetings are cancelled for March and April.

Hamilton Township has closed has closed Baltimore Recreation Centre, Bewdley Community Centre, Cold Springs Memorial Hall, and Old Camborne School until further notice. The municipal office is also closed to the public until further notice. The regular council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th has been cancelled. The Bewdley and Gore’s Landing branches of the Cobourg Public Library are closed at least until Monday, April 6th. During the temporary closure, due dates will be extended (materials may be returned at the Cobourg branch drop box).

The Municipality of Trent Hills is suspending operations of several municipal facilities and postponing planned meetings. Facilities including all Trent Hills Library locations, the Hastings Field House and Civic Centre, Campbellford Arena, and Warkworth Arena are closed to the public. All municipal programs and classes are cancelled. Effective Wednesday, March 18th, all municipal meetings are postponed until further notice.

Cramahe Township has closed all municipal facilities until further notice, including Castleton Town Hall and The Keeler Centre. Municipal staff are available by email and by phone at info@cramahetownship.ca and 905-355-2821. The Colborne and Castleton Libraries are closed until further notice. Due dates will be extended and no fines will be accumulated during the closure.

Alderville First Nation has closed Alderville Community Centre, Alderville Day Care, Alderville Library, Alderville Wellness Hub, the gym at Alderville Power Plant, Alderville Black Oak Savanna (events and tours), Alderville First Nation Student Services (after-school program and GED program), and has restricted public access to Alderville Health & Social Services. All events at these facilities are cancelled.

City of Kawartha Lakes

For the most recent updates to County of Peterborough cancellations, closures, and service reductions in visit kawarthalakes.ca/covid19.

Effective Saturday, March 14th until at least Sunday, April 5th, the City of Kawartha Lakes is suspending programing and public facilities at all public gathering facilities including Lindsay Recreation Complex, Bobcaygeon Community Centre, Victoria Park Armoury, Fenelon Falls Community Centre, Ops Community Centre, Woodville Community Centre, Little Britain Community Centre, Oakwood Community Centre, Manvers Community Centre, Emily-Omemee Community Centre, Forbert Memorial Pool, Burnt River Community Centre, Norland Recreation Centre, and Fenelon Township Community Centre. No resumption date has been specified.

Effective Sunday, March 15th, all branches of the Kawartha Lakes Public Library — Bethany, Bobcaygeon, Coboconk, Dalton, Dunsford, Fenelon Falls, Kinmount, Kirkfield, Lindsay, Little Britain, Norland, Oakwood, Omemee, and Woodville — are closed to the public until at least Monday, April 6th. On Monday, March 16th, all library materials will have their due dates automatically extended until Tuesday, April 14th. People can return items prior to that date to any library branch with an exterior book drop or return.

Effective Monday, March 16th, the Kawartha Lakes Police Service is asking members of the community to restrict attending police headquarters unless absolutely necessary. Police are no longer accepting in-person record check applications or in-person freedom of information requests. If you telephone the Kawartha Lakes Police Service requesting an officer attend for a non-emergency incident, you may be asked additional screening questions related to the COVID-19 health risks before an officer is dispatched. You may see members of the police service wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks for their own protection as well as for the protection of the public. For more details, visit kawarthalakespolice.com/2020/03/16/media-release-monday-march-16-2020/.

Effective Tuesday, March 17th, all municipal buildings are closed to the public (essential municipal services can still be accessed online or through telephone). The regularly scheduled council meeting for March 24th is rescheduled for March 19th to discuss essential city business; all other meetings of city council, municipal boards, and committees, including task forces, will be suspended until the end of April and reassessed at that time.

Administrative offices for human services in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton will be closed to the public (all supports and services for housing, Ontario Works and children’s services will continue to be delivered via telephone at 705-324-9870 during business hours; any inquiry or information can also be submitted to cklhumanservices@kawarthalakes.ca).

All licensed child care centres in Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County are closed.

All landfills are closed to the public, with access only to approved contractors. As the municipal service centres and libraries are currently closed, recycling bins and carts cannot be purchased at this time.

Victoria Manor continues to operate under restricted access protocols as directed by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Long Term Care.

All administration buildings (headquarters) for fire and paramedic services will be closed to the public, including all fire stations across the municipality (fire and paramedic services will continue to operate and provide emergency services while the buildings are closed to the public).

Building officials will not be conducting inspections on projects that contain an occupied dwelling (finished basement, secondary suites or addition, etc.). This temporary halt to inspections will continue until Monday, April 6th.

The municipal airport is closed, except for Orng air ambulance and any emergency vehicles.

Effective Monday, March 23rd, Lindsay Transit has suspended regular transit operations. LIMO Specialized Transit will operate on an as-needed emergency schedule only, prioritizing rides for those who require transportation for medical purposes such as appointments. For those who use LIMO Specialized Transit and have non-urgent upcoming appointments, call 705-324-3331.

Effective Friday, March 27th, all amenities within parks in the City of Kawartha Lakes are temporarily closed until further notice. This includes playgrounds as well as sports fields, sports courts, skateboard parks, picnic areas, outdoor exercise equipment, and washroom facilities. Municipal parks, trails, and greenspaces remain open, but public gatherings are not allowed and anyone who uses the spaces must maintain physical distancing of at least two metres (6.5 feet) from others. Dogs must be leashed.

Effective Monday, April 6th, the curbside waste collection bag limit is increased to three bags weekly while landfills remain closed to public access. Curbside waste continues as scheduled. Seasonal curbside collection begins Monday, May 4th. All landfills remain closed to the public. The Lindsay/Ops Landfill is open to commercial account holders only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday.

Bulk water stations in the City of Kawartha Lakes remain accessible for emergency operations only. Haulers performing an essential service such as providing drinking water to residents/businesses or cleaning equipment to prevent the spread of COVID-19 may purchase bulk water and reload SmartVend cards. Requests can be submitted by leaving a voicemail on the City’s general phone line 705-324-9411. Haulers should not use the bulk water stations for filling pools, hot tubs, or other non-essential activities until the city’s state of emergency is lifted.

During waste and recyclables collection in the City of Kawartha Lakes, residents are asked to refrain from engaging in conversation with the Miller collection staff due to physical distancing requirements. The Adopt A Road program and the Earth Week 20-Minute Clean Ups in the City of Kawartha Lakes are cancelled.

The City of Kawartha Lakes has prohibited the opening of trailer parks and campgrounds for recreational purposes until further notice. Airbnb and cottage rentals for recreational purposes are also prohibited; any bookings must be for those in need of emergency housing only, such as healthcare workers who need a place to stay while responding to the pandemic. All outdoor recreational amenities including boat launches remain closed. There is no regular park maintenance; don’t leave garbage beside park trash cans (curbside pick-up bag limit has been increased to three).

The City of Kawartha Lakes has added a second spring leaf and yard pick up for this season. In addition to the scheduled June pick up, there will now be an additional pick up in May. If your scheduled collection day is on Monday or Wednesday, your spring leaf and yard collection will occur on Friday, May 1st and Friday, June 5th. If your scheduled collection day is on Tuesday or Thursday, your spring leaf and yard collection will occur on Friday, May 8th and Friday, June 12th.

Hastings Highlands

The Hastings Highlands Public Library will be closed from Monday, March 16th to Saturday, April 4th. All regular and special programming during this time has been cancelled or postponed.

Haliburton County

The Haliburton County Public Library has cancelled March Break programming, but library branches will remain open. The library will be providing fine amnesty on all overdue items effective immediately.

 

Schools and post-secondary institutions

Public and Catholic elementary and secondary schools

On March 31, 2020, the Ontario government announced that all schools in Ontario will remain closed until at least Friday, May 1st for teachers, and until at least Monday, May 4th for students.

Licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed until Thursday, April 23rd. Selected child care centres designated to support front-line health care workers and first responders will remain open.

On April 14, 2020, the Ontario government announced that schools would remain closed past Monday, May 4th, but did not specify for how long.

Private schools

On March 31, 2020, the Ontario government announced that all private schools in Ontario will remain closed until at least Monday, April 13th. This closure was extended to Thursday, April 23rd.

Trent University

Effective Monday, March 16th, Trent University is closing most campus buildings in Peterborough and Durham to all but essential services. All classes, events, and university-sponsored travel at Trent University in Peterborough and Oshawa are cancelled or postponed. Events include sporting and athletic events, open houses, and public meetings including conferences and visiting lectures. Classes will be delivered online or through other means, with instructions provided to students by Wednesday, March 18th. All student placements are suspended for the remainder of the term.

Fleming College

All classes at all Fleming College campuses and learning sites in Peterborough, Lindsay, Haliburton, and Cobourg are suspended for the remainder of the winter semester (until Friday, April 17th). Starting Monday, March 23rd, and for the remainder of the winter semester (until Friday, April 17th), Fleming will begin to offer classes in online or alternative delivery formats.

 

Cancelled or postponed events

The following cancelled or postponed events are listed by date in ascending order. Note: past events are being removed from this list to keep it manageable.

  • Sloan at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough – Wednesday, April 22nd – Rescheduled to Tuesday, October 20th (hold on to your tickets).
  • The SRV Experience (Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute) at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough – Thursday, April 23nd – Rescheduled to Wednesday, September 23rd (hold on to your tickets).
  • Women’s Business Network of Peterborough Businesswomen of the Year Awards event – Thursday, April 23rd – Cancelled (will be rescheduled to a later date; hold on to your tickets or request a refund).
  • Nickola Magnolia at Capitol Theatre in Port Hope – Thursday, April 23rd – To be rescheduled (hold on to your tickets).
  • Peterborough Pop Ensmble’s ABBA – Here we go again! concert at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough – Saturday, April 25th – Cancelled.
  • Peterborough Garden Show at Fleming College Sutherland Campus in Peterborough – Friday, April 24th to Sunday, April 26th – Cancelled.
  • Hospice Gala at Peterborough Golf & Country Club in Peterborough – Saturday, April 25th – Cancelled, rescheduled to Saturday, October 24th.
  • Soroptimist International Peterborough Annual Spring Fashion Show at Royal Gardens in Peterborough – Sunday, April 26th – Cancelled (may be rescheduled to a later date).
  • Basia Bulat at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough – Tuesday, April 28th – Postponed, new date to be scheduled (all previously purchased tickets will be honoured).
  • 50/50 Art Draw at Artspace in Peterborough – Saturday, May 2nd – Cancelled (may be rescheduled to a later date).
  • 18th annual Hike for Hospice at Millennium Park in Peterborough – Sunday, May 3rd – Cancelled, rescheduled to Sunday, September 13.
  • Pat LaBarbera and John Coltrane Legacy Band at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough – Sunday, May 3rd – Cancelled.
  • 16th annual Pedal For Hope cycling tour – Monday, May 4th to Friday, June 5th – Becoming a virtual tour, visit pedalforhope.ca for details.
  • Murray McLauchlan: Getting Out of Here Alive at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough – Tuesday, May 5th – Rescheduled to Tuesday, September 29th (hold on to your tickets).
  • City of Peterborough Reusable Exchange Weekend – Friday, May 8th to Sunday, May 10th – Cancelled.
  • Peterborough Singers’ Verdi’s Requiem concert at Emmanuel United Church East in Peterborough – Saturday, May 9th – Cancelled (rescheduled to tentative date Saturday, October 3rd). All tickets will be honoured for rescheduled date, or ticket holders can exchange tickets for charitable donation receipt or request a refund.
  • City of Peterborough Environment Day recycling event – Saturday, May 9th – Cancelled.
  • 42nd annual Knights of Columbus Police Appreciation Event – Wednesday, May 13th – Cancelled (may be rescheduled to a later date).
  • Public Energy’s “Ebnfloh” at Showplace Performance Centre in Peterborough – Thursday, May 14th – Postponed (to be rescheduled to a future date).
  • Rotary Victoria Day Fireworks and Family Night at Del Crary Park in downtown Peterborough – Saturday, May 16th – Cancelled.
  • Peterborough County 2020 Recognition Awards and Ceremony at Cavan Monaghan Community Centre – Friday, May 22nd – Cancelled (all 2020 nominations will be carried forward and processed in 2021).
  • Kin[k] group exhibition at Artspace in Peterborough – Friday, May 22nd to Saturday, July 11th – Cancelled (may be rescheduled to a later date).
  • Peterborough Symphony Orchestra “The Sound of Beyond” concert at Showplace Performance Centre in Peterborough – Saturday, May 23rd – Cancelled.
  • Foley’s Irish Pub at Showplace Performance Centre – Sunday, May 24th (rescheduled date) – Rescheduled again to Sunday, September 20th (now called Foley’s Celtic Pub).
  • The Birds & The Bees at Capitol Theatre in Port Hope – Tuesday, May 26th to Sunday June 14th – To be rescheduled (hold on to your tickets).
  • Junior Achievement Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka 2020 Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at The Venue in Peterborough – Thursday, May 28th – Postponed until Thursday, August 27th.
  • Riverview Park & Zoo Family Fun Run and Walk – Saturday, May 30th – Postponed until fall 2020.
  • New Canadians Centre One Night In Havana Gala – Thursday, June 4th – Rescheduled to June 3, 2021.
  • Millbrook Fair in Millbrook – Thursday, June 11th to Sunday, June 14th – Cancelled
  • Haliburton County Fair in Minden – Saturday, June 13th – Cancelled
  • 20th annual Peterborough’s Dragon Boat Festival at Del Crary Park in Peterborough – Saturday, June 13th – Cancelled.
  • Baby Shark Live! at Peterborough Memorial Centre in Peterborough – Sunday, June 14th – Rescheduled to Wednesday, September 9th.
  • Peterborough Yoga Festival at Del Crary Park in Peterborough – Saturday, June 20th – Cancelled
  • Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival at Trent University in Peterborough – Sunday, June 21st to Sunday, June 28th – Postponed until 2021.
  • Lakefield Jamboree in Lakefield – Thursday, June 25th to Sunday, June 28th – Cancelled.
  • Shirley Valentine at Capitol Theatre in Port Hope – Tuesday, June 30th to Sunday, July 19th – To be rescheduled (hold on to your tickets).
  • Cobourg Waterfront Festival – Wednesday, July 1st to Saturday, July 4th – Cancelled. The festival will return in 2021.
  • Lakefield Literary Festival in Lakefield – Friday, July 10th to Sunday, July 12th – Cancelled. The Young Writers Contest will continue (visit lakefieldliteraryfestival.com for details).
  • Lakefield Fair in Lakefield – Friday, July 24th to Sunday, July 26th – Cancelled.
  • Rotary Ribfest and Music Festival in Victoria Park in Cobourg – Friday, August 14th to Sunday, August 16th – Cancelled.
  • Warkworth Fair in Warkworth – Friday, September 11th to Sunday, September 13th – Cancelled.
  • Port Hope Fair in Port Hope – Friday, September 18th to Sunday, September 20th – Cancelled.
  • Norwood Fall Fair in Norwood – Saturday, October 10th to Monday, October 12th – Cancelled

 

Other closures, cancellations, and service reductions

The most recent closures, cancellations, and service reductions are shown at the end of this list.

  • All events hosted by The Seasoned Spoon Cafe at Trent University are cancelled: Community Meal & Wet’suwet’en Fundraiser (Wednesday, March 18th), Seed Starting (Tuesday, March 24th), and Learn to Love Bitters (Wednesday, April 1st).
  • All events booked at Sadleir House in downtown Peterborough are cancelled.
  • Effective Saturday, March 14th, Artspace is downtown Peterborough is temporarily closed until further notice. This means the current exhibition (“Abundance” by Shellie Zhang with Maria Patricia Abuel) will not be open to the public.
  • Effective Saturday, March 14th, The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough is temporarily closed. The temporary closure includes the museum’s galleries, store, and all programs and events (including third-party rentals and March Break camps). The expected reopening date is Monday, April 6th, but the duration of the closure will depend on the guidance of public health officials
  • Trent Hills Public Library’s three branches (Campbellford, Hastings, and Warkworth) are closed until Monday, April 6th and all events are cancelled. Any materials can be returned in any of the drop boxes at the three branches during this period of closure. Fines will be waived for all materials.
  • Effective Sunday, March 15th, YMCA Northumberland is closing both the Brighton YMCA and the Cobourg YMCA until Sunday, March 29th. YMCA Day Camp and all YMCA Child Care programming will be closed from Monday, March 16th until Friday, April 3rd (inclusive).
  • EarlyON programs in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County are closed to participants from Saturday, March 14th to Sunday, April 5th.
  • YMCA of Central East Ontario has closed all YMCA health, fitness, and aquatics centres in Belleville, Quinte West and Peterborough and child care centres in Belleville and Peterborough, effective at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 15th until Monday, April 6th. March break camps at all branches have also been cancelled. Participants will receive full refunds.
  • The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre in Port Hope is suspending all performances within the theatre until Thursday, April 30th. This includes the cancellation of the Jack deKeyzer concert (Saturday, March 21st), BOOM (Thursday March 26th to Sunday April 5th), Anthony Von sings Elvis with Jukebox Jamboree (Wednesday, April 8th), Emily Burgess and the Emburys (Thursday, March 23rd), and Nickola Magnolia (Thursday, April 23rd). The venue is working diligently to reschedule the performance dates and will contact all ticket buyers to inform them of the new dates in the coming days.
  • On Sunday, March 16th, Hutchison House Museum in Peterborough and the Peterborough Historical Society announced they cancelling all programming and events until further notice. This includes March break events, public meetings, and the society’s annual general meeting. Refunds are available for those who have registered children for March Break programs. Please call the museum office for any questions.
  • On Sunday, March 16th, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) ordered all Ontario casinos to close temporarily within 24 hours. Casinos in the Kawarthas include Shorelines Casino in Peterborough and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs in Fraserville. OLG will provide an update on when the casinos will re-open, taking into account guidance from public health authorities.
  • Provincial offences court is suspended from Monday, March 16th to Friday, April 3rd (inclusive). All Provincial Offences Act matters will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court. A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.
  • Galaxy Cinemas in downtown Peterborough remains open as of Monday, March 16th. However, owner Cineplex has reduced capacity by a minimum of 50 per cent in all its 1,693 theatre auditoriums across Canada to allow for social distancing.
  • Peterborough Child & Family Centres in Peterborough, Lakefield, and Norwood are temporarily closed until at least Monday, April 6th. All programs and services are suspended.
  • Effective Monday, March 16th, New Canadians Centre is closing its offices in Peterborough and Cobourg and all groups and activities are cancelled until further notice.
  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) in downtown Peterborough (including the Visitor Centre) is closed from Monday, March 16th until Tuesday, April 14th. All PKED and tourism services are still available, but all workshops and events cancelled during this time.
  • Effective Monday, March 16th, the Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas is closing both incubator locations in Peterborough and Lindsay until April 6, 2020. Innovation Cluster startup clients will still have access to the space with their access cards, but members of the public must be escorted on the premises. All advisory services are still available via phone.
  • The Mill Restaurant and Pub in Cobourg is closed effective Monday, March 16th until further notice. All Thursday night concerts are cancelled.
  • The Keene Centre for the Arts in Keene is closed effective Monday, March 16th until further notice, and all concerts and events have been cancelled.
  • The Kawartha Potters Guild in Peterborough has closed its pottery shop and postponed all classes until Monday, April 6th.
  • Westben in Campbellford has posted all performances scheduled between Thursday, March 19th and Sunday, April 19th.
  • The Haliburton Highlands Museum in Haliburton is closed until further notice and all events at the museum are cancelled.
  • Effective Tuesday, March 17th at 3 p.m., the seating area in the cafeteria at Peterborough Regional Health Centre will be closed until further notice. The food service area currently remains open, but the seating area is closed.
  • Effective Tuesday, March 17th, the offices of Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge are closed. Essential programs and services will continue to offer some in-person services, ensuring that critical needs are met. Staff will work from home and connect with clients remotely by telephone or internet. While crisis intervention services continue to be accessible 24/7 by telephone, mobile outreach service will be suspended and the Safe Beds residence will be temporarily closed.
  • Good Doctors Havelock is temporarily closed due to a shortage of personal protective equipment for staff. You can still access care by calling 1-888-397-7138 or (preferred) by texting 705-910-7799 to and connect with a doctor via phone or video.
  • Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre at 580 Cameron Street in Peterborough is closed until at least Friday, April 3rd. Program staff are working remotely from home and will be able to provide support by phone only.
  • The Peterborough Golf and Country Club in Peterborough is closed until at least Monday, April 6th.
  • The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has compiled a list of local businesses and organizations in its local service area that are open, closed, or offering limited services. You can find the list (updated in PDF format) on their website at kawarthachamber.ca/blog/.
  • All postponed regular season Peterborough Petes games are now cancelled. The OHL has ended the regular 2019-20 season effective Wednesday, March 18th. The status of the 2020 playoffs will be determined when the COVID-19 public health emergency is over.
  • The Peterborough District Farmers’ Market, which runs on Saturdays at Morrow Park in Peterborough, is closed until further notice.
  • Effective Saturday, March 21st, the Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market will move from its indoor location in the lower level of Peterborough Square to its previous summer outdoor location in the Citi Centre courtyard at 245 Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough. There will be no seating areas, no dish-washing station, no play areas, and no formal places where groups can gather. Patrons are asked to follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible (maintain a distance of two metres from others).
  • Kawartha Conservation has closed its administrative office at 277 Kenrei Road in Lindsay to the public until further notice. Some staff will be working remotely and will be available by phone or email. Essential services are operating as normal, including flood forecasting and warning program. All non-essential meetings and events are cancelled. All education programs are postponed at this time. Ken Reid Conservation Area and the off-leash dog park, Windy Ridge, and Durham East Cross Conservation areas remain open to the public.
  • Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has temporarily closed all its ReStores located at 550 Braidwood Ave. in Peterborough, 300 Milroy Drive in Peterborough, and 55 Angeline St. North in Lindsay. Donation pickup service is suspected, and do not leave any materials for donation at any of the ReStore locations during this temporary closure. In addition, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has closed its head office, build sites, and ReWorkshop until further notice.
  • Kawartha Land Trust has postponed all upcoming public and donor events. Its office at The Mount Community Centre (1545 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough) is closed to the public; staff are working remotely.
  • Effective Monday, March 23rd, all Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit offices will be closed to the public except for lab pickup and delivery, needle exchanges, and Naloxone. All health unit classes, clinics, and meetings are cancelled whether these were to be held in the health unit office or in a community meeting space or school. All health unit programming, except the COVID-19 response and essential services, is cancelled. Healthy Babies Healthy Children family visits will be conducted by telephone or virtual meetings. Public health inspectors are working with long-term care homes and retirement homes to ensure active screening, infection prevention and control practices, and pandemic preparedness measures are in place. Inspectors are also monitoring local businesses to ensure compliance with closure orders from the province with the declaration of the state of emergency.
  • Brant Basics at 296 George Street North in Peterborough is temporarily closed. Appointments for the furniture showroom are accepted. Deliveries and order fulfilment for pick-up continues. Orders can be made by email, phone, fax and online which can be paid by a Brant account or credit card only.
  • Effective Thursday, March 19th, Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) will allow only one family member or caregiver visitor per patient, whether accompanying the patient or for visitation. All other visitor presence is temporarily suspended. Exceptions to this policy will be made in situations involving trauma or for compassionate reasons.
  • Trent Valley Honda in Peterborough is open by appointment only and the drive-through entrance is closed. For service, call for an appointment, leave your car parked at the east side of the building, and drop your keys using the provided envelope into the locked drop-box beside the drive-through car entrance. Keys and vehicles will be sanitized before and after service. Payments can be made online or by telephone.
  • The Mount Community Centre at 1545 Monaghan Road in Peterborough has been temporarily closed. All facilities including the Fulcrum Café are closed to the public. Rentals and services are suspended and all events and programs are cancelled.
  • The lobby of the Port Hope Police station at 55 Fox Road is closed to the public until further notice, including for in-person background checks. Port Hope Police officers will continue to respond to calls for service as will other emergency services operating in Port Hope. Background check forms are available online.
  • Lakefield Animal Welfare Society (2887 Lakefield Road, Lakefield) is temporarily closing its doors effective Friday, March 27th. All animals are available for fostering or adoption.
  • Peterborough Pet Hospital (379 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough) is reducing services by implementing a “locked door” system until further notice. Call 705-742-8837 from the parking lot to check in. Staff will then unlock the door and signs will be posted as to which side to wait. Only one person will be allowed to attend the appointment in order to limit exposure. If you are picking up food/prescriptions, call from the parking lot first and pay over the phone using a credit card or e-transfer (no cash payments accepted). Your pick-up order will be place in the allotted green bin with your name and a receipt. The hospital will also now be closed on weekends.
  • The SPARK Photo Festival in Peterborough, originally scheduled for the month of April, is postponed until fall 2020. All events, receptions, and exhibits are cancelled.
  • International Jazz Day Peterborough events, originally planned to take place during April, have been postponed.
  • Peterborough Humane Society at 385 Lansdowne Street East in Peterborough is closed to the public until further notice. Adoptions are available by appointment (email adoptions@ptbohs.com).
  • Jo Anne’s Place Health Foods has temporarily closed its Water Street location in Peterborough until Monday, April 6th. The Lansdowne Street location in Peterborough is remaining open, as is the Lindsay location.
  • Peterborough Automotive, Peterborough Paint & Body Supply, Lakefield Auto Parts, and Walkwood Supply – Lindsay are closing their showrooms are closed until further notice, and daily pickup from our Toronto warehouse is cancelled until further notice. Deliveries to current customers are continuing and stores remain open, but with reduced hours of operation (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and closed on Saturdays and Sundays).
  • Little Lake Cemetery Company in Peterborough is not hosting any public services; only private viewing and private graveside services will be permitted. Highland Park Cemetery and Little Lake Cemetery remain open during daytime hours for visiting, but social distancing is required. Protocols are in place to serve families who require services but who may be in self isolation, feeling unwell, or have recently travelled. Call 705-745-6984 or email info@littlelakecemetery.com to discuss your needs.
  • Effective Tuesday, March 24th, Kawartha Conservation has closed to the public all conservation areas within the Kawartha Conservation watershed. Included in the closure are Ken Reid Conservation Area, the off-leash dog park, Windy Ridge Conservation Area, Pigeon River Headwaters, Fleetwood Creek, and Durham East Cross Forest.
  • The Peterborough Petes 2019-20 season is officially over. The Canadian Hockey League and Ontario Hockey League (OHL) have cancelled the 2020 OHL playoffs as well as the 2020 Memorial Cup scheduled to be held in Kelowna, BC from May 22nd to 31st.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) is providing services in alternative formats. Intake and referrals, peer/employment, gender journeys, crisis intervention services will be provided by phone only. Case management services, Lynx early psychosis intervention, justice/court supports, mobile crisis intervention team, dual diagnosis will be done over the phone, with face-to-face support as necessary. No face-to-face visits with housing clients, phone supports will continue, as will weekly grocery and medication deliveries. Trustee face-to-face meetings only by set appointment in Kawartha Lakes on Thursdays and in Peterborough on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
  • At Lansdowne Place Mall in Peterborough, only provincially designated essential businesses are open: Real Canadian Superstore – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (exterior access only); Dollarama – Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (access available only through Entrance 5, on the upper level near Kawartha Credit Union); Bank of Montreal – Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on weekends (exterior access only); Kawartha Credit Union – Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (access available only through Entrance 5, On the upper level of the mall); Smoker’s Den – Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (access available only through Entrance 2, on the lower level of the mall near the Food Court); Optimax – Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (access only through Entrance 5, on the upper level near Kawartha Credit Union). For the most current information, visit www.lansdowneplace.com.
  • The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough is closed until at least Tuesday, June 30th.
  • Community Counselling and Resource Centre in Peterborough is still providing services during COVID-19 even though its physical locations are closed until Monday, May 4th. Housing Resource Centre – Free services for anyone concerned about their housing, delivered over the phone 705-743-2272 or by email hrc@ccrc-ptbo.com. Professional Counselling Program & Employee Assistance Program – Counselling sessions (stress and anxiety, grief and loss, parenting, relationships, etc.) by phone 705-742-4258. Credit Counselling Program – Free services for anyone concerned about their finances, delivered over phone 705-743-2272 and by email creditcounselling@ccrc-ptbo.com. Community Service Orders – Services delivered over the phone 705-743-2272 and by email asterling@ccrc-ptbo.com.
  • The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) has closed Ganaraska Forest and all conservation areas in the Ganaraska watershed to visitors until further notice. Conservation areas closed to the public include Ball’s Mills, Ganaraska Millennium, Rice Lake, Cobourg, Garden Hill, Richardson’s Lookout, Thurne Parks, Port Hope, and Sylvan Glen. Also, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, in cooperation with the Municipality of Port Hope and the GRCA, has closed the viewing area at the Ganaraska Fishway (fish ladder). People who ignore these closures are trespassing and are subject to fines. All GRCA buildings remain closed to the public, including the Ganaraska Forest Centre and all public washrooms. While the Administration Office is closed to the public, staff continue to operate through phone and email communications.
  • Kawartha Lake Trust (KLT) has closed the John Earle Chase Memorial Park to public access until further notice. The Stony Lake Trails, Cation Wildlife Preserve Trails, and the Ballyduff Trails remain open to public access but all visitors are required to follow KLT’s guidelines for accessing trails, including physical distancing of at least two metres on the trail and at trails heads and parking areas. Groups of more than five people are not allowed.
  • The County of Peterborough is extending the closure of Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene until Tuesday, June 30th. All visitor access to public spaces at is closed. This applies to all visitors, including recreational walkers and dog walkers. While closed to the public, Lang Pioneer Village Museum will be staffed to ensure the continued care and protection of the historic buildings and grounds, and staff are also working from home on programming. The annual Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show has been cancelled.
  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Hazel Bird Nature Reserve at 9636 Beavermeadow Road East in Baltimore is closed to the public.
  • The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope is suspending all performances until at least Thursday, July 30th.

 

If you know of any postponed or cancelled events not on this list, please email us the details at editor@kawarthanow.com so we can let our readers know.

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