With most of Ontario entering Step 1 of the province's Roadmap to Reopen, the City has provided an update to its services.
The city's outdoor sports facilities are open and teams are permitted to train with a maximum of ten people. Marinas and parks are also open.
The City has also advised that free parking will continue downtown to encourage curbside pickups.
The full update from the City reads as follows:
As the community prepares to enter Step 1 of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen, the City of Sault Ste. Marie provides the following updates to its services:
- The Cemetery office, GFL Memorial Gardens, Ronald A. Irwin Civic Centre, Sault Transit, Fire Services Administration and Public Works and Engineering Services offices are open.
- Community centres remain closed in Step 1. This includes the John Rhodes Community Centre, the Northern Community Centre, Seniors’ Centres.
- The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site gift shop is open in a limited capacity Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. Follow them on Facebook for additional programming including the take home tea party and Lilac and Lavender event.
- City operated arenas remain closed. This includes the GFL Memorial Gardens (open for scheduled vaccination appointments), the John Rhodes Community Centre and the W.J. McMeeken Centre.
- Outdoor recreational amenities, including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, disc golf locations, tennis courts, pickleball courts and skate parks are open.
- Outdoor team sports are permitted to train only, 10 people max and two metre distance. Scrimmages are not permitted during Step 1.
- Outdoor sports facilities, including any portion of a park or recreational area containing outdoor fitness equipment are open. Outdoor fitness classes and sports training are permitted, 10 people max, two metre distance.
- Off-leash dog parks, park benches, outdoor playgrounds, outdoor play structures and play equipment are open but any person using them or an open park or recreational area must maintain a physical distance of at least two meters from other people using the amenity.
- Bellevue Park and Roberta Bondar marinas are open. Clubhouses and indoor amenities remain closed.
- Bellevue Park Splash pad is open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Bellevue Park concession will open June 17. As in previous years, the Manzo and Greco pool are tentatively scheduled to reopen in early July.
- There is no change to the transit schedule during this time.
- The Transit terminal remains closed.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of buses remains in place with a focus on high touch areas.
- Hassle free parking for curbside pick-up continues to be available to support local businesses in the Downtown area. During this time, you do not need to feed the meter.
- Officers will continue enforcing all other parking regulations.
All City facilities continue to operate under strict health and safety measures which must be adhered to by residents to limit the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of facility patrons and City staff. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic, services are subject to ongoing assessment and potential change.
For the most current information, updates will be posted to the City’s website at www.saultstemarie.ca/covid19 and on social media.