Staff shortage behind Orillia’s temporary pause on public recreation activities

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A staff shortage has resulted in the temporary cancellation of activities at recreational facilities in Orillia.

In a press release, the city says it is forced to suspend public programming for the next two weeks, blaming the impacts of COVID-19.

“We ask for your patience and understanding as we suspend public programming at this time due to low staffing levels, and we encourage residents to stay active outdoors and enjoy our beautiful parks and network. of trails while maintaining distance and adhering to public health measures,” Mayor Steve Clarke said in the news release.

As a result, public access to recreation facilities and services in Orillia will end on December 30. Activities, including swimming lessons, recorded programs and pre-recorded walk-in programs, will be canceled effective December 31. resume until at least January 14.

Select pre-booked user groups will still have access to the Orillia Recreation Center, Brian Orser Arena and Rotary Plaza. Refunds will be issued for January memberships at the Orillia Recreation Center.

The city has also confirmed that all New Year’s activities are cancelled.

All other city services and facilities are open as usual.

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