Ottawa postpones fall recreation and arts programming registration due to evolving COVID-19 situation

OTTAWA — The City of Ottawa is postponing registration for fall swimming, recreation and arts programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration was scheduled to begin on Monday for activities for all ages: preschoolers, children, youth, families, adults and adults 50 plus.

The city had said this year’s fall recreation and arts guide would feature COVID-19 modified programs for the young and the young at heart.

In a statement Friday afternoon, the City of Ottawa said, “Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the city is postponing its fall recreation and arts programming registration.”

“Stay tuned for further updates and any program changes.”

The postponement of registration for fall activities came the same day Ottawa Public Health announced a record 142 new cases of COVID-19 in Ottawa .

In a statement to CTV News Ottawa, the city said Ottawa Public Health did not recommend postponing the registration period due to COVID-19.

“Staff assessed the current trend in rising infections, and the move towards additional restrictions on social gatherings, and determined that the postponement of fall recreation and arts programming was appropriate,” said Dan Chenier, Recreation and Cultural Facility Services general manager.

“This will allow us to properly understand over the coming weeks how increased restrictions might limit or prevent programs from being offered.”

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