Thorold to open select amenities in Step 1 of Ontario’s reopening plan

The City of Thorold is reopening the Port Robinson Ferry and Lock 7 on June 11 and Richmond Street Pool on June 24, following Step 1 of the province’s reopening plan.

The ferry will operate with a capacity of a maximum of 10 riders, who must wear masks while on the ferry and the deck hand will provide hand sanitizer to each rider. For riders who are unable to wear a mask, the ferry will allow two riders per trip who are unable to do so.

When approaching the ferry on either side of the Welland Canal, the gate to access the ferry will be closed to ensure that physical distance can be maintained when other riders are getting off. An attendant will be present during peak times to ensure protocols are followed and staff will sanitize after each use.

Starting June 11, guest services at Lock 7 will reopen to help the public, but the rest of the building will remain closed. Masks are required by all visitors and physical distancing markers will be in place on the viewing platform.

Thorold Mayor Terry Ugulini said that overall, he’s pleased that Step 1 of the provincial reopening plan has allowed Thorold to reopen some of these services.

“These are important amenities to the community, they’ve waited a long time, followed the safety protocols and now we’re starting to be rewarded,” he said.

Ugulini said he encourages all Thorold residents to do their part in following safety protocols and to get vaccinated.

“It’s extremely important that public health safety measures be followed. Because this is Step 1 and if we follow the measures and continue to get the vaccination levels up, we’ll continue to move forward into Step 2 and then Step 3, and the quicker we do that, the quicker we get back to normal.”
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