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March 17 Update - What a State of Emergency means for North Grenville

March 17, 2020, 5:00 pm

NORTH GRENVILLE – Earlier today, March 17th, the Government of Ontario declared a State of Emergency in an effort to enhance measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

By declaring of State of Emergency, public and private facilities including libraries, daycares, gyms, recreation centres, as well as movie theatres, places of worship, dine-in services at restaurants and bars are now closed. It also prohibits public events of over 50 people.

“Council recognizes that these measures will hit families and local businesses particularly hard,” stated Mayor Nancy Peckford. “We know that our local BIA, other business networks and faith communities are concerned.”

“North Grenville’s Economic Development team will be reaching out to business leaders to better understand the longer term effects of some of these decisions,” added Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman. 

Of course, the safety and well-being of residents, business owners and their employees, as well as municipal staff remains paramount.

The Municipality has convened its Emergency Control group in three different occasions since Friday, March 13th and is meeting regularly to monitor developments.

“The Municipality is taking a proactive and prudent approach in dealing with COVID-19,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford.

On Friday, March 13th, the Municipality of North Grenville cancelled all of its recreational programming and closed its municipal facilities until April 6th.

On Monday, March 16th, the Municipality closed its office to the public except by appointment only.

“Core municipal operations including fire, water and waste water services, waste management, building inspections, and road and facilities maintenance will continue,” added CAO Gary Dyke.  “The public can also access many other municipal services on-line or by telephone,” Dyke added.  

The Municipality will actively respond to the latest developments around COVID-19 through its Emergency Response group, and will keep residents informed and updated as the situation evolves. 

Quick facts for Residents of North Grenville:

  • The Municipality’s Essential Services will continue (including road maintenance, water and sewer services, waste management collection)
  • Building and Planning permits are available online via email
  • Property tax and permit payments can be made via our website
  • While property taxes are still due by March 31st, interest payments and late penalties will not be applied until the end of April
  • All Municipal Advisory Committee meetings and public meetings have been cancelled until further notice
  • Council meetings will continue and residents are encouraged to watch online
  • Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre Administration Offices will remain closed to the public.

Quick links:

Information on COVID-19 for North Grenville Residents: www.northgrenville.ca/coronavirus.ca

March 17 - Ontario Announces State of Emergency: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-enacts-declaration-of-emergency-to-protect-the-public.html

Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health: https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/ 

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

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