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State of Emergency impact on city programming, trail and fire use

Anyone looking to report an infraction is asked to contact 3-1-1

The City of Greater Sudbury would like to remind residents of the changes to leisure and fitness programming as well as trail and open-air fire use under the municipal State of Emergency.

These measures were issued in response to the COVID-19 outbreak for the safety of the public and remain in place until further notice. 

At this point in time, trails and open spaces aside from the Bell Park Boardwalk and AY Jackson Trail remain open for walk-through purposes only. Residents are encouraged to not meet up with others or congregate on trails.

The City will continue to monitor all of these areas and in partnership with Public Health, make responsive closures should there be significant evidence of people not practising social distancing.

An open air-fire ban remains in effect in alignment with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Any resident may be fined up to $365 for any open-air fire plus the full cost of a fire service response which is approximately $500. 

Those looking to report a fire in progress during the ban are asked to call 9-1-1.

Fitness memberships at Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre, Rayside Balfour Fitness Centre, Falconbridge Wellness Centre, Dowling Leisure Centre, and Capreol Millennium Centre will be extended to make up for the duration of emergency closures. 

Those who have opted for preauthorized payment of their memberships will be contacted directly and advised that all payments were stopped as of April 1 of this year. Payments will be reinstated when the emergency ends. 

Leisure program refunds continue to be processed as emergency closure timelines are extended.

Members looking for more information on refunds are asked to email or phone 705-674-4455 ex. 2446. 

“These are very challenging times for everyone, especially with the weather getting warmer. The faster we stop the spread of this virus, the faster we can get back to doing the things we love with our friends and family. ,” said Mayor Brian Bigger in a press release.

“We all need to do our part for the greater good of our community. Stay home and stay safe.”

Anyone looking to report the following may do so by calling 3-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Unauthorized use of closed City facilities, park amenities and playgrounds
  • Organized public or social gatherings or events with more than five people, even when held at a private dwelling (aside from those comprised of members of a single household)
  • People not following Public Health orders to self-isolate after international travel, contact with a confirmed case, or those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19
  • Continued operation of non-essential workplaces as mandated by the Province of Ontario

All complaints will be logged and directed to either the City of Greater Sudbury Police Service of City By-Law Officers according to the time of day, severity and type of issue.