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Public beaches, geocaching and mineral collection sites closed

We are implementing additional safety measures to help slow the spread of the virus and keep our community safe.

Please note that as of Friday, June 19, 2020 our mineral collection sites and public docks and beaches are open. Please use responsibly and adhere to safety guidelines.

Geocaching and Mineral Collecting

In an effort to maintain the health and wellness of our community and to adhere to the directive put in place by the Provincial government, geocaching and mineral collection sites are prohibited and closed to the public. This is a preventative measure for the well-being of all members in our community and to promote proper physical distancing practices.

Geocaches can't be properly sanitized

Geocaches involve the touching of GPS units and the caches themselves. Their remote and spread out nature prevents proper disinfection and sanitization after each use.

A touchless Geocaching Adventure Lab is now available where you can tag along with Tupper and check out some special spots throughout the Geocaching Capital of Canada in a fun and safe way.

Difficult to maintain physical distance when mineral collecting

Signage will be posted at mineral collection sites and mineral collection waivers will not be issued by the Municipal Office during this time as collection sites do not lend themselves to proper physical distancing.

Public docks and beaches closed

All public docks throughout Highlands East will remain on municipal property and will not be put into the local lakes. The docks are not being put into the water bodies at this time to prevent groups from forming at these locations and for the health and well-being of our residents.

Water Access Points remain open

The various water access points (boat launches) throughout Highlands East will remain open to the public at this time. Many of these water accesses do not have high traffic volumes or what would be considered high touch surface areas.

Provincial order requires closures

On March 30, 2020, the Provincial government extended the Declaration of Emergency by issuing a new emergency order to close all outdoor recreational amenities such as sports fields and playgrounds. This new order closes all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities. These actions are based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario.