August 5, 2020
Staggered re-opening plan approved for Leisure Centre:
Council has approved a staggered reopening strategy for the BWG Leisure Centre, opening one area of the multi-purpose facility at a time with a limited number of patrons allowed in each area to comply with the province’s restrictions. Increased cleaning and safety protocols will also be employed.
The first area to open – in mid September – will be the ice rinks for use by local minor and junior sports organizations and skating clubs.
As soon as it is safe to do so, the next area to open will be the fitness centre for strength training and use of cardio machines, followed by the pool and gymnasium. More activities in each area of the facility will be added as restrictions on numbers of patrons are loosened. No dates have yet been set and plans are subject to change if new information or direction is received from the province or health unit.
Outdoor fitness programs and virtual programming will continue, and further information on opening dates and programs will be provided as available. For up-to-date information, follow @bwgleisurecentre on Facebook and Instagram.
Town of BWG begins phased reopening of municipal services
Bradford West Gwillimbury, ON (July 14, 2020) – The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is preparing to reopen its administrative offices in order to provide in-person services to the public where necessary.
This is the first phase of reopening municipal services, and will NOT include recreational programs or facilities. Staff are reviewing details of the province’s Stage 3 reopening guidelines as well as working with the health unit on reopening timelines and protocols. Council will review recommendations for the BWG Leisure Centre and other community centres and programs at their August 4 meeting. The BWG Public Library will continue to offer online programming and curbside pickup while its staff and Board review Stage 3 protocols and develop procedures and timelines for reopening.
Effective Monday, July 20, the following will be open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.:
- General Administration (Clerk/Council/By-law Enforcement/Economic Development)
100 Dissette St., Units 7&8
- Finance (Taxes/Utility Billing/Accounts)
61 Holland St. E
- Development & Engineering (Planning/Capital Projects/Development Engineering)
305 Barrie St., Unit 2
- Building Services (Permits & Inspections)
305 Barrie St., Unit 4B
- Community Services (Transportation/Water & Wastewater Administration)
3541 Line 11
New measures have been implemented for the protection of staff and the public, including the installation of glass at reception counters, maximum capacities for indoor spaces, the provision of hand sanitizer, COVID-19 screening and logging of any visitors who need to go farther than the reception area. In accordance with the new Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit directive on face coverings, visitors are asked to please bring and wear a face covering when inside a municipal building.
There will be fewer staff in the building at any given time, so to ensure that the staff member you require is available to help, appointments for specific services are recommended. These services include marriage licences, building permits, parking ticket resolution and road occupancy permits. Further details on these services and contact information are available at www.townofbwg.com.
The Town of BWG closed its offices to the public in late March but staff have continued to provide services and support by phone, email and other online methods. Services will continue to be available by these methods for residents who do not want or require an in-person appointment, including Virtual Town Hall for self-serve tax and utility information.
Town of BWG cancels events and programs through end of summer
Town continues to look to province for guidance on reopening of activities
Bradford West Gwillimbury, ON (May 6, 2020) – In the interest of public safety due to the ongoing pandemic, and the very gradual lifting of restrictions planned over the coming weeks/months, the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has made the difficult decision to cancel all municipal events (including Canada Day and Carrot Fest), registered recreation programs (including summer camps and swimming lessons) and all indoor and outdoor permits through August 31, 2020.
Staff will be working on developing a virtual Canada Day event for the residents of BWG to enjoy from the safety of their own homes.
The provincial government has announced a three-stage approach to the re-opening of the province. In the event that restrictions are relaxed to a point that there is an opportunity to re-introduce certain activities, staff will work with community groups and make a recommendation to Council on what would be possible, and the necessary lead time required to re-start those activities in a modified version. Any further announcements and updates will be found on the Town’s website at www.townofbwg.com.
Staff will begin the process of issuing refunds to all registered participants in Town of BWG Summer 2020 recreation programs. Credit card payments will be refunded back to the credit card. All other payment types will be placed as a credit on the customer’s BWG Leisure Centre account, or you can request a refund by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We anticipate a high volume of requests so we thank you for your patience and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. It may take up to two weeks before refunds appear on credit cards or bank accounts.
The Community Services Department is continuing to provide free virtual programming on Instagram and Facebook and www.bwgleisurecentre.ca for residents and members to enjoy; including fitness, water safety activities, crafts, games, virtual tours and more for all ages.