SDG municipalities cancel March Break recreational programs through April 6th; libraries closed, too

United Counties of SDG headquarters on Pitt Street, Cornwall. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SDG — In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the municipalities of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have all kiboshed their recreational programs through April 5th or 6th, at which point officials will reassess if facilities like halls and arenas should reopen.

All SDG County Library branches are closing for the period well.

Most of the townships announced the recreational pause yesterday — after a meeting of officials with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit — with North Dundas confirming today that its recreational facilities and programs will shut down effective tomorrow, March 15th, through Sunday, April 5th. All facility rentals during this time will be cancelled and refunds or credits will be provided for programs and bookings.

It’s the same situation in South Dundas, South Stormont, North Stormont, South Glengarry and North Glengarry. South Stormont is hedging its bet slightly on the reopening date, suggesting its recreational shutdown will last “at least until April 5th.”

The region-wide cancellation of municipal recreation programs comes just as students enter at least the next three weeks off school: March Break plus two weeks of closure imposed by the province last week.

Below, South Stormont Mayor Brian McGillis addresses the township’s moves to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The SDG municipalities also urge the public to conduct their business with municipal government over the phone or online to pay taxes and bills through the available alternative methods.

“In the past we have demonstrated that we are a supportive, considerate and resilient community. I’m confident that the citizens of North Dundas will work together to ensure we do our part to prepare and control the spread of COVID-19” said Mayor Tony Fraser. “Panic is more contagious than COVID-19. I am asking that everyone be respectful, and support your neighbours.”

“The municipality is taking this issue seriously and is working to ensure we do everything we can to keep our residents safe,” said South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds. “Our team is working closely with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and implementing safety measures based on their recommendations. I encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the Health Unit’s steps for protecting yourself and loved ones. We will keep our community informed as the situation develops.”

Below, South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds addresses the cancellation of recreation programs in his municipality.
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