Scugog eyes return of Canada Day and community events

As masks come off and COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, Scugog envisions a busy summer of community events as the township emerges from the pandemic.

With province advising mask mandates no longer required starting March 21 and other pandemic precautions regarding crowd sizes already removed, Scugog says he’s already planning an in-person Canada Day celebration on July 1 as well as the return of other community events.

According to Lori Bowers, director of community services for the township, Scugog is “preparing” for an exciting 2022 with the return of “many of the beloved activities” traditionally held on Canada Day, including the “Vettes for Vets”, vendors, children’s area and fireworks.

Scugog is also planning the 52nd edition of Canoe The Nonquon – a long-running fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Museum — and an Indigenous Peoples Day celebration at the Scugog Island Museum on June 21.

Additionally, the museum village will reopen for guided tours on May 23; Self-guided tours using Spotify will also be available. The village-museum, located at 16210 Island Road.will be open to the public this summer from Wednesday to Sunday.

The township also plans to honor volunteers who serve on city councils and committees with a special dinner on April 7.

However, while mask requirements have been removed for most indoor public places, township staff are asking the public to accept the decisions of others who might be reluctant to throw away their face coverings.

“We have moved to a mask-friendly area, if you will, and we thank residents and visitors for being courteous and to those who may choose to always wear a mask in our facilities, Bowers said.

Masks are still required on public transit, health care facilities, long-term care homes and congregate care facilities, noted Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney.

“During COVID, masks have helped us protect each other from illness. Some community members may choose to continue wearing masks in public places for an added layer of protection,” he said. “The risk associated with COVID has not been eliminated, and residents should consider their own personal risk as well as the risk of vulnerable people they may live with when deciding whether to wear a mask.”

And, while masks are no longer required inside the municipal office, they are still encouraged, the Scugog Fire Chief added.

Additionally, Berney continued, the online services adopted during the pandemic by the township will continue and the public is encouraged to take advantage of them.

Township staff “continue to transition to a full-service walk-in work model,” but residents are urged to book appointments ahead of time to ensure the necessary staff are in the building, Berney said.

Maria R. Newman