• Rob Hornberger

Town of Kingsville shuts down non-essential services

Closure of arena, community centres to be reviewed in three weeks
The town is hoping that the current provincewide COVID lockdown will be short, according to CAO John Norton.

The Town of Kingsville has shut down all non-essential services, but will review the decision to close the arena and two community centres in three weeks.

In-person visits to the municipal offices on Division Street North have also been restricted.

The local shutdown coincides with new provincial restrictions on theatres, indoor dining, indoor gatherings, sports facilities and gyms,

The local restrictions will be reviewed the week of Jan. 26.

Town CAO John Norton said the town is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s arena shutdown which lasted from December 2020 to early spring.

“We made a decision fairly early on to pull the ice … and it turned out to be the right decision at the time because the lockdown went on for so long — for several months.

“So we’re hopeful this time, based on what we’re hearing, that it will be a short lockdown.”

The users of the arena include minor hockey, a figure skating club, recreational hockey leagues and public skating. The arena meeting rooms are used for yoga and birthday parties.

The Carnegie and Unico community centres are also affected by the shutdown of non-essential services. Carnegie Hall is used as an arts and visitor centre and Unico is a drop-in centre for seniors.

Norton said the town may have to remove the ice if the lockdown continues into late February.

It costs the town $10,000 in electricity a month to maintain the ice surface.

“It’s very frustrating for the town, because the (arena) exists to be used,” Norton said.

Town municipal services are still available, but over the phone.

Many self-serve options are also available on the town’s website 24/7 at: www.kingsville.ca.

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