The Province recently mandated additional restrictions because of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 Virus but the Town, the Capitol Theatre and the Loft have gone further. The Town has asked most of their workforce to go back to working from home and has shut Town buildings – except the CCC – effective Monday December 20. They also cancelled the New Year’s celebrations and the Levee. The Capitol has cancelled all remaining performances in 2021 and the Loft has imposed a 50% capacity restriction. None of these restrictions were mandated by the Province [Update – maybe they were but initially missed] but I sense that people are getting nervous. You can get details on all these changes in my web sites Cobourg Calendar and the Covid-19 page on this site – see links below.
The Town says that:
Residents can still access Town services via telephone, on-line, or by booking an appointment to meet with staff as needed. These measures are being taken as part of an effort to combat the rapidly spreading COVID-19 Omicron variant. [Availability will no doubt be subject to previously announced Holiday closures – see link below.]
The announcement comes as Ontario’s COVID-19 science table called for immediate and stringent public health measures to combat a growing surge of the Omicron variant that it said could see ICU admissions reach “unsustainable levels” early next year.
The Cobourg Community Centre will remain open for scheduled programming and will no longer be allowing food or drink into the establishment. Patrons are advised that the community centre could encounter more programming and event cancellations in adherence to further provincial and local health unit recommendations.
Residents in need of washroom facilities can access the public washrooms located within the lobby of the Cobourg Police Service at 107 King Street West, open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
The following Town events will also be cancelled:
- Mayor’s Skate at the Cobourg Community Centre (scheduled for December 28, 2021)
- Mayor’s New Year’s Levee (scheduled for January 1, 2021)
- First Night New Year’s Celebrations (scheduled for December 31, 2021)
Residents are directed to contact the department with which they need to do business by telephone or email as many services can be handled remotely. The telephone numbers and emails for all Town of Cobourg departments can be found on the Town’s website at www.cobourg.ca.
Or try Cobourg Internet here. (direct link to staff contact info)
Update – 20 December
Ken Prue, the owner of the Loft, has now shut down until January 7 “in the interest of Public Safety”.
- Cobourg Calendar – a list of events originally scheduled and available despite Covid-19 – more detail is provided for each event including Capitol’s refund arrangement.
- Up to Date Covid-19 Information for Cobourg
- Town of Cobourg News Release on this subject
- Town Holiday Closures
- Official Provincial Announcement