Masks are mandatory... again

Town of Virden Council meeting

Heading to watch hockey at Tundra Oil and Gas Place? You’ll need to mask up, effective immediately. 

As part of its “Return to Play” protocol, Hockey Manitoba has mandated that masks be worn at all sanctioned events by players, coaches and officials when not engaged in on-ice activity, as well as spectators. At this week’s virtual meeting, Town of Virden Council officially adopted the directive, which will apply to the lobby area and arena portion of Tundra Oil & Gas Place. For the sake of consistency, non-sanctioned activities such as recreational hockey and private bookings will also be included.

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Council decided to take one further step and require that masks be worn by all visitors to the public reception area at the Town Office as well. “We would like to put forward that masks be mandated for everyone in any public areas in Town facilities,” said Chief Administrative Officer Rhonda Stewart.    

Earlier this fall, Council passed a motion highly recommending that masks be worn in Town-owned facilities. It was later made mandatory while the Prairie Mountain Health region was elevated to Code Orange, or Restricted, under the province’s pandemic response system. The region was lowered to the yellow caution level as of Sept. 18.          


Council approved a change in the scope of the engineering services being provided by Dillon Consulting for the Industrial Waste Treatment and Disposal Facility at Virden’s landfill site. Construction observation will be included at an estimated cost of $13,000 plus taxes. 


Councillors were authorized to participate in upcoming webinars on risk management and anti-racism being hosted by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities.


This year’s tax sale, which was scheduled for Nov. 3 at the Town of Virden Council Chambers, will be moved to April 6, 2021. The location is subject to change due to COVID-19 protocols.


Council concurred with the proposed street names - Meadow Drive and Scallion Place - for Meadow Subdivision, the new residential sub-division being established by NE20 Developments. The general location is on Fifth Ave. behind Valleyview Consumers Co-op Farm and Ranch Centre.


The Town received correspondence from CP Rail advising that due to COVID-19, the Holiday Train would not be travelling across Canada this year and that a virtual holiday-themed concert was being planned in lieu of it. “It’s very disappointing because I know we’ve all enjoyed the Holiday Train stopping in Virden,” said CAO Stewart. She noted that 2020 would have been the year for Virdenites to see the train, which passes through the town every two years. CP advised that they will be making donations to food banks in communities along the route as they have in the past.  


After discussing the matter in-camera, Council decided to request that Manitoba Infrastructure undertake additional work in conjunction with the planned resurfacing of King Street in 2021.  This includes the paving of Seventh Ave. from King St. to Lyons St. as well as Thomas Drive from King Street to Provincial Road 257.



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