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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Mayor Bobbie Drew, Township of Scugog

On May 20th, 2021, the province announced a phased 3 step approach to reopening the province and step 1 is anticipated to occur on June 14th, 2021. The province also announced changes for outdoor recreation that came into effect on May 22nd, 2021. Changes on May 22nd expanded access to outdoor recreation areas including parks, tennis courts, soccer fields, skate parks, boat launches also golf courses were permitted to reopen. Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events were also expanded to five people, allowing these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households following distancing protocols. Township staff will be reviewing the details of the 3 Step approach to update safety plans for our facilities and amenities. Please visit Scugog.ca/covid19 for the complete details of these changes and for the latest updates for Scugog facilities and amenities.

COVID-19 vaccinations are well underway through Durham Region Public Health. Vaccine appointments are subject to the provincial vaccine supply, and we thank residents for their patience. I am happy to share that the eligibility age for the vaccine is now open to those 12+ years of age and over. To book an appointment with Durham Region Public Health, visit durham.ca/vaccineappointment. Residents who need assistance to book an appointment can call 1-888-444-5113. It was noted the reopening for the province to step 1 is tied to vaccination rates, so I encourage those that can book an appointment and get vaccinated.

The Township of Scugog is planning to offer summer camps, aquatic and recreation programs this summer. Due to the extension of the Stay-at-Home order, registration for Scugog summer camps will be limited to Scugog residents only, with Camp registration for participants outside of Scugog postponed until further notice. All other recreational activities, including aquatics and recreation programs, will open for registration to Durham Region residents on May 24th. Details on the available camps, programs and registration available at scugog.ca. All camp, aquatic and recreation programs are subject to change based on local and provincial health directives.

Investing in Township assets and infrastructure is continuing, with several construction projects underway for 2021. Our commitment to addressing the road and infrastructure needs continues.

Port Perry is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The celebrations for Port Perry’s sesquicentennial are being planned through a COVID-19 lens. A year long celebration is being organized with safe and fun activities, contests that will showcase Port Perry. Reflecting our history and appreciating all the unique things we have to offer. Join us for the community celebrating community event; details on the celebrations are available at my.scugog.ca/portperry150.

Unfortunately, a few of our annual events are being postponed in 2021 due to the health protocols and gathering limits. Where possible, the events will be held virtually, including Canoe the Nonquon and Canada Day visit scugog.ca for details on events.

We welcome the warmer weather and know with amenities opening, there will be more people out in the parks and throughout our communities. It is important for us all to remember to shop and support local and to remain diligent with our COVID-19 protocols. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

#bobbiedrew #MessagefromtheMayor

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