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UPDATED: Muskoka municipalities limiting services as province goes to modified step two

UPDATED Jan. 7th 12:41 p.m.:

As the Ontario government moves back to step two of the Roadmap to Reopen, municipalities are making changes to fall in line with the new protocols.

The District of Muskoka is keeping its offices open for core in-person services. That includes the administrative building and court house in Bracebridge, as well as the community service offices in Huntsville and Gravenhurst.

The Muskoka Lakes municipal office remains open for limited in-person services. The Bala and Port Carling Arenas are closed, and the Muskoka Lakes Public Library returns to curbside pickup.

The Lake of Bays municipal office is open with limited capacity. The Community Arena, and community centres in Baysville and Dwight, are closed. The public library remains open for in-person browsing.

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The Gravenhurst Centennial Centre – including the Graeme Murray Arena and YMCA – are being shuttered. However, recreational programming will remain accessible virtually “where possible,” according to town officials.

The town’s opera house will remain closed and the fire station will stay open, but only by appointment.

The Gravenhurst Public Library will return to curbside pick-up during its regular hours of operation: 10 AM to 5 PM on Monday and Friday, until 8 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, and until 4 PM on Saturday.

The Bracebridge Sportsplex and Bracebridge Memorial Arena will be closed to the public until further notice starting Tuesday. Anyone who had a program canceled because of this will get a credit in their account or can call 705-645-3037 for a full refund. 

The previously scheduled blood donor clinic at the sportsplex will happen, but no walk-in donors will be allowed. It’s on the calendar for Jan. 31st.

The town’s municipal office and fire station number one are closed to walk-ins.

Starting Wednesday, the Canada Summit Centre and Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville are closed to the public until further notice. At end-of-day Friday, Huntsville Town Hall, Madill Yard, and the fire stations in Huntsville and Port Sydney are closed for walk-ins.

The ice rinks at Lions Lookout and Port Sydney Beach are still open, with social distancing and gathering limits in place. The Huntsville Public Library is open at reduced capacity. 

All essential services, such as roads, fire, and transit are continuing to operate. 

Municipal officials encourage people to book appointments in advance or use contact-free options where possible.

***Co-written by Martin Halek

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