On Thursday, April 1st, 2021 the Ontario government imposed a province-wide shutdown that will come into effect at 12:01am on Saturday, April 3rd. At this time, the KFL&A public health region will be under shutdown for at least four weeks. The provincewide emergency brake will put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures to help to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in communities, protect hospital capacity and save lives.

Facility rentals, recreation programs and aquatics

As a result of the shutdown, Loyalist Township will be pausing all in-person programming and rentals during this period.

Program registrants and clients with facility bookings will receive a credit placed on their account. Until a reopening date has been determined, we will not be accepting future bookings of our facilities. We ask clients to remain patient while the administration of these credits takes place. Account credits can be used to re-register in programs or re-book facilities once we have re-opened.

Bronze medallion and bronze cross

Due to the announcement, the Township will be postponing (not cancelling) the start of both the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross blended learning options that were slated to start on April 7th and 8th respectively. We hope to reschedule and start both these programs as soon as possible when the pool is reopened and it is safe for the programs to run. All candidates remain registered in their respective program and you will not lose your spot. Candidates who would like to withdraw from the program can submit a Refund Request Form.

Try a virtual program

Looking for something to do at home?  We've got you covered! Loyalist Township has virtual program options for the spring to keep you busy while you're staying safe at home. We have many options available including fitness, art, music and more! Visit our recreation page to view our virtual program guide and for information on registration.

What’s open with restrictions

To ensure the health and safety of our employees and visitors, everyone who enters any municipal facility, must complete health screening before coming into the building. Once inside a municipal facility, employees and visitors must follow all public health protocols in place.

 Municipal Office

The Municipal office building at 263 Main Street in Odessa will remain open Monday to Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm (excluding holidays and building closures). Residents are encouraged to still access municipal services by phone, email or online whenever possible. Visit our staff directory for contact information.

The follow protocols are implemented to ensure the safety of residents, staff, and our community: 

  • Signs at entry doors for customers to screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms before entering. 

  • Physical distancing managed by limiting the number of customers permitted in the reception and lobby area.  

  • Hand sanitizer for customers at entry. 

  • Guides placed on the floor to advise customers where to stand as they wait in line or when interacting with staff. 

  • Plexiglass shields at customer service windows. 

  • In accordance with KFL&A Public Health's Section 22 order Non-medical face coverings are required to be worn inside any commercial establishment. 

 Manitou Office

The Loyalist Township office at 18 Manitou Crescent West is open to the public by appointment only. Residents are encouraged to access Building and Planning staff by phone or emails whenever possible. You can make an appointment to speak with a staff member by calling 613-386-7351 ext. 170. 

The following protocols are implemented to ensure the safety of residents, staff, and our community: 

  • Signs at entry doors for customers to screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms before entering. 

  • To manage physical distancing, only 1 customer is allowed in the lobby at any given time.

  • Hand sanitizer for customers at entry. 

  • Plexiglass shields at customer service windows. 

  • In accordance with KFL&A Public Health's Section 22 order Non-medical face coverings are required to be worn inside any commercial establishment. 

Application submission can be submitted by email, postal mail, or dropped off at one of the Township's drop box locations. To avoid delays, during regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), applications can also be placed in the drop box in the front foyer at 18 Manitou Cres West without an appointment.

 W.J. Henderson Recreation Centre

The W.J. Henderson Recreation Centre will remain open Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm (excluding holidays and building closures) for the following municipal services:

  • Garbage bag tags (min 10)

  • Dog tags

  • Recycling bins

  • Utility and property tax bill payment(s) drop-off

 Playgrounds and parks remain open

Loyalist Township playgrounds and parks remain open. The Township will not be sanitizing equipment or park structures. Residents should bring their own hand sanitizer. It is the parent's or guardian's responsibility to ensure children practise good hand hygiene and use hand sanitizer before and after touching playground equipment. Parents and guardians are also responsible for supervising their small children and ensuring physical distancing.

 Lionhearts Inc. at Amherstview Community Hall

The Amherstview Community Hall will continue to be utilized by the Lionhearts Inc. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. for Meals-To-Go distribution.

 What’s closed

 Pickleball and tennis courts remain closed

 The pickleball and tennis courts in Bath will remain closed until further notice.

 Leisure & Activity Centre closed to the public

The Leisure & Activity Centre will be closed to the public for the duration of the shutdown. Staff will be available by email to answer any questions regarding virtual programs and to assist with registrations.