With Muskoka still in the clutches of an Arctic chill, The Town of Bracebridge is reminding people that warming centres are still open.
Those centres are the Municipal Office at 1000 Taylor Court, the Sportsplex at 110 Clearbrook Trail, and the library at 94 Manitoba Street.
The Municipal Office is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, the Sportsplex is open from 6:30am to 9:00pm, and the library is open from 9:00am to 6:00pm on Monday and Friday, and 9:00am to 8:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
You can visit these places throughout the day if you need to warm up.
“We want our residents to have warm, safe places to go to escape from the cold,” said Mayor Graydon Smith in a release. “Community service providers are aware of the Town’s Warming Centres as they deal first-hand with the people who may be most vulnerable.”
Anyone can be affected by extreme cold-related weather conditions, depending on length of time of exposure to cold and exertion levels. Those especially at risk include: older adults (over the age of 65), infants and young children, outdoor workers, sport enthusiasts (hikers, skiers), homeless persons, and/or those lacking shelter, proper clothing or food. During extreme cold weather, residents are encouraged to call or visit friends and neighbours who may be at risk and keep pets inside.
Environment Canada says this arctic air, with wind chills in the low minus 30s, is going to stick around until tomorrow. Things are supposed to warm up on Wednesday when we’re expecting a high around zero degrees.