On Monday morning, the Township of South Glengarry announced the temporary closure of the arena in Williamstown, along with several other township buildings, in online posts that referenced “health and safety reasons.”
Later in the day, the township clarified.
“Acting under the advice of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, the Township of South Glengarry temporarily closed three of its facilities to the public on Monday, October 19th, 2020. The closures of the Municipal Office, Fire Hall in Lancaster, and the Char-Lan Recreation Centre were a direct result of a positive COVID-19 test of an employee.”Township of South Glengarry statement
The announcement went on to reassure residents and users of the facilities: “The Township has maintained a strict contact tracing regime for all individuals entering these facilities and all relevant information has been provided to public health authorities for investigation and follow-up. At this time, any person requiring follow-up from the EOHU has been contacted. Township staff have since deep cleaned all of the noted facilities.”
When the arena in Williamstown opened for the season on September 21, strict health protocols were implemented, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Among them was capacity limits, required wearing of a face mask, and signing in for contact-tracing purposes.
The Char-Lan Recreation Centre is slated to reopen “for ice times only” later today (October 20) at 5 p.m.