City Update regarding Province’s Re-opening Framework

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Peterborough ON - The City of Peterborough is reviewing the Province’s recently announced changes to its emergency Orders that allow for the gradual re-opening of businesses and limited resumption of social activities to determine, in consultation with public health officials, how the changes may affect local municipal services. 

“We’re consulting with public health officials and taking a look at what would need to be done under the new provincial direction to allow the City to gradually and safely reopen some services that have been closed to the public during the pandemic,” Chief Administrative Officer, Sandra Clancy said. “Safety remains the priority. We are still in an emergency situation.” 

The Province’s emergency declaration remains in place along with restrictions on social gatherings of not more than five people and public health guidance on physical distancing of at least two metres to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Public boat launches and tennis courts are re-opening effective Saturday, May 16, 2020 following the Province’s direction that allows for those types of activities. 

The Province has also allowed for the resumption of general construction activities. The City has been accepting building permits applications but not issuing permits during the emergency while general construction activities have been prohibited. With general construction activities once again allowed, permit applicants will be contacted by City staff once their permits are ready to be issued. 

Building permit applications can continue to be submitted through email and through the drop box at City Hall while City Hall is temporarily closed to the public. For more information on how to submit building permit applications, please visit 

While the Province’s Stage 1 for re-opening allows for activities such as re-opening marinas for recreational uses and limited library services, the City’s marina and library remain closed at this time. 

The Peterborough Public Library is reviewing what would need to be done for the safety of Library users and staff to provide services for dropping off and picking up books, as permitted under Phase 1 of the Province’s re-opening strategy. 

For an up-to-date listing of municipal services affected by the COVID-19 emergency, please visit

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:

Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services

City of Peterborough

705-742-7777 ext. 1636