Canada Day cancelled, Farmers' Market set to open
Following the lead of the federal government, and in support of the provincial order restricting gatherings, the Town of Orangeville will extend the cancellation of its recreation programs and public events up to July 6. Included in these cancellations is the Canada Day celebration, held on an annual basis at Alder Recreation Centre and Island Lake.
“While the cancellations are disappointing, the health and well-being of our residents and staff is our number one priority,” said Mayor Sandy Brown. “To keep in line with current guidance on physical distancing, we have made the decision to cancel large public events, including this year’s Canada Day event. Many municipalities are taking the same action as no one wants to take the chance of prolonging the outbreak period. Thank you to residents for their understanding and resilience in dealing with the pandemic.”
Residents will be able to join in virtual Canada Day celebrations being held across the country this year. The Town is working on plans to invite public participation by illuminating the town in a red hue.
The Orangeville Farmers’ Market, which is considered essential, will be permitted to open May 23, with an e-commerce business model. That will mean online orders and payment, and then scheduling a pick-up on Saturday mornings, either as a drive-by or on-foot curbside collection. Government and health board physical distancing and hygiene protocols will be strictly followed. A link will be made available to pre-order from participating vendors as soon as the plan is finalized by the Town and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.
Additional events cancelled by the Town or community organizations include the Optimist Club Bike Rodeo, the Abilities Resource Fair, the Lions Walk for Dog Guides (possibly rescheduled in September), Barry Burman Shootout, Celebrate Your Awesome, and Rotary Ribfest. Two events – the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival and National Indigenous Peoples Day -- have been postponed to the fall for now.
The Town will continue to monitor and take direction from Public Health, and the federal and provincial governments with respect to COVID-19. In the meantime, all Town facilities, recreation centres, park amenities, libraries and the Opera House will remain closed until further notice. When restrictions start to be lifted, the Town will work with Council, the community and its partners to open facilities and to rebuild and promote programs and events.