Townships respond to new Omicron business rules


Haliburton’s four municipalities have announced new restrictions and safeguards as COVID-19 cases in the province rise. Minden Hills’ offices closed Dec. 21, with staff booking in-person meetings on an individual basis. 

Landfills will operate as usual, and building and planning applications will continue to be processed, as well as building inspections carried out on a case-by-case basis. 

The Agnes Jamieson Art Gallery and Minden Hills Cultural Centre are closed until further notice, along with the gymnasium and walking track at the arena. Public skating and ice programs are limited to a maximum of 25 participants. 

Algonquin Highlands and Highlands East have announced similar restrictions. Anyone visiting municipal offices has to have an appointment.

 Dysart et al encourages all visiting municipal offices to book an appointment, and will only be allowing one person in the township offices’ lobby at a time. CAO Tamara Wilbee said the arena and Haliburton Highlands Museum will run at 50 percent capacity. There will be no new bookings at the arena auditorium. The Head Lake welcome centre and public washrooms will remain open. The rules come after the HKPR health unit asked businesses to re-instate work-from-home when possible and limit in-person contact.