St. Clair faces $234,000 hit as COVID-19 takes toll on golf, camping

St. Clair Township golf course

St. Clair is feeling the impacts of COVID-19 financially according to a report from the treasurer.

Around $234,000 has been lost in the township since the province entered lockdown in the middle of March. The biggest blow came from the closure of the golf course, with an estimated $112,500 loss.

Lost camping time was another hit for St. Clair.

Treasurer Charles Quenneville reported that $95,500 in revenue was lost from the Cathcart Campground and $59,000 from the Moore Campground. Some of this was salvaged through the sale of 25 transient sites at Cathcart. The township is still looking to sell the remaining 14 for the rest of the summer.

St. Clair has also lost $40,000 from registration in recreational programs and a combined $23,000 from the Moore and Sombra museums.

There have been some savings though. Officials say $53,900 have been saved in administration costs, and $40,500 on the swimming pool.
Another $22,900 has been saved in operating costs at Moore Park.

Quenneville says he expects the Mooretown Sports Complex to be closed throughout August.