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Lachute maintains COVID-19 restrictions at municipal facilities, but offers alternatives for March break activities

As the school break approaches students in Québec, Lachute town council has decided to maintain closures and restrictions already in force at facilities such as the indoor swimming pool and public library.  The Arena-Kevin-Lowe — Pierre-Pagé will be used by the CISSS des Laurentides regional health authority as a COVID-19 vaccination site.

This decision to maintain restrictions is meant to protect citizens and minimize the COVID-19 positivity rate of cases in Argenteuil, which as of February 23, was 3.4 per cent.  Mass vaccination has not yet started in the region and 36 per cent of the population is more than 55 years old, placing them more at risk of developing complications related to COVID-19.

“As elected officials, we have a social responsibility to protect our people and to take appropriate action. Since the start of the pandemic, we have promoted a cautious approach, by applying certain measures more severely than what was recommended by Public Health, all for the safety of our citizens and citizens. This has given positive results and made our region one of the less affected by the virus. It is therefore on this path that we wish to continue,” said Lachute Mayor Carl Péloquin.

Checklist

  1. Access to municipal buildings and services – LIMITED;
  2. Indoor leisure facilities (Kevin-Lowe — Pierre-Pagé arena and swimming pool interior) – CLOSED;
  3. Jean-Marc-Belzile Library (access to the shelving) – CLOSED;

Jean-Marc-Belzile Library (contactless loan service and workspace) – OPEN;

  1. Access to outdoor sports facilities – CLOSED AS OF 7:30 PM;
  2. Municipal Airport – CLOSED FROM 7:30 PM UNTIL 5 AM (except for essential services).

For details of all the measures associated with COVID-19, go to quebec.ca/coronavirus.

Outdoor activities still possible

Although indoor spaces remain closed to the public, many outdoor activities are available to families during spring break. Outdoor skating rinks, access to all multiuse trails, including trails at the Lachute golf course, and sliding areas remain accessible in accordance with public health regulations. However, surveillance will be increased during the curfew period.  As a result, outdoor rinks will continue to close at 7:30 p.m. each evening.  Hockey on outdoor rinks remains prohibited. In addition, a maximum of 25 skaters is allowed.  Physical distancing of two metres and respect for family bubbles must be applied at all times.

Two special activities

In order to help Lachute citizens have fun during the school break, the town’s recreation, culture, and community life service has prepared two fun activities.

Using tutorial videos posted on the Ville de Lachute’s YouTube channel, residents can learn to make their own snow sculpture with Charlem Lepeintre. He will teach the basics to help build with snow. Participants are encouraged to take a picture of their creation and share it on Instagram (@villelachute), Facebook or Twitter (@VilleLachute) by identifying the Ville de Lachute and get a chance to win one of two gift certificates valued at $ 100 from the Argenteuil chamber of commerce that is valid at most local stores.  The contest ends Sunday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

The Jean-Marc Belzile Library is offering free recreational kits to borrow during the school break.

Each kit has a special theme and is aimed at a particular age group.  In each one, there are books on the subject, a children’s magazine, a drawing, all the material to make a DIY or a thematic experiment, a game, and other surprises! The kits are available in French and English from February 26 to March 7 only. The kits are borrowed only at the loan counter at from Friday February 26. The activity is reserved for library subscribers and a there is a one-kit borrowing limit.  To reserve a kit, call 450 562-4578.

Kit borrowers are invited to take take a photo of their achievement and share it on Instagram (@villelachute), Facebook or Twitter (@VilleLachute) by identifying the Ville de Lachute and get a chance to win one of two gift certificates valued at $ 100 for Méli-Mélo Rigolo! The contest ends on Sunday February 7 at 6 p.m.

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