January 14, 2021 (2:00 p.m.)
Statement from Mayor Burrow responding to Stay-at-Home Order
Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Ontario
Media Release #11
This morning I met with the Township’s Emergency Control Group to discuss any appropriate municipal responses to the Province’s declared Emergency related to Covid-19 and the Stay-at-Home Order that took effect today at 12:01 a.m.
In an effort to respond to these Provincial directives, and to encourage everyone to stay home as much as possible to keep the community as safe as possible, the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley will implement the following responses:
Municipal Offices are closed to the public – Effective immediately, all municipal administration buildings (including municipal offices, libraries, fire halls, public works buildings) are closed to the public until further notice. Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be directed to the appropriate staff for response. At this time, a full reopening of our offices is anticipated once the Provincial orders have ended.
Most staff will be working remotely and as such in person meetings are highly discouraged and only arrange with the relevant staff where absolutely necessary for essential purposes and where alternate arrangements are not possible.
Although under the Provincial directives there are limitations on the types of new construction that can commence and the type of building permits that can now be issued, the office continues to receive all building permit applications for review and assessment. Building permits which cannot be issued at this time can be readied for issuance once the provincial orders are lifted. Planning applications continue to be received and processed in accordance with provincial requirements.
Council and Committee meetings continue to be held virtually – Meetings are held via Zoom and streamed live to YouTube.
Waste Site Operations and Roadside Collection – The Township’s Waste Disposal site at 8468 County Rd. 7 remains open during regular hours of operation. Face coverings are required at all times while on the property. Please note that waste site disposal tickets are available at the following business locations: Mr. Gas at 3065 County Rd. 29, Harvex at 8050 County Rd. 29, in the Toledo area at Grocery at 74 County Rd. 1 and the Toledo Post Office Location at 52 County Rd. 1 and in Jasper at Jerry’s Service Centre, 24 County Rd. 17.
Residents with roadside collection are reminded all waste must be securely bagged for the safety of our staff. Loose waste will not be collected.
Public Library Branches – Library Branches are closed to the public. Library users are encouraged to use their card to access free eBooks on the platform Overdrive. Those without a library card can email staff at email@example.com to request one be issued electronically.
Township Road maintenance and Fire and Emergency services remain fully operational.
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever cough, difficulty breathing) are encouraged to call the local health unit at 1-800-660-5853 or Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000. Please remember not to call 911 unless it is an emergency.
The Township’s website www.ektwp.ca continues to be updated to offer COVID-19 information and links to reliable sources of information for residents and businesses, including www.healthunit.org and www.ontario.ca.
During this provincial emergency and stay-at-home order, it is imperative to stay home as much as possible and only go out when absolutely necessary for essential reasons such as groceries, health services, medications and essential work. Stay within your own household and if you live alone please only have contact with one other household. Continue to wear a mask when you need to be out in public and continue to practice physical distancing (staying 2 m apart), frequently wash your hands and practice other health official directives to protect yourself and others. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 5 persons with physical distancing and mask wearing directives.
We need to absolutely stay-at-home and do our part to stay healthy. In doing so, we will reduce the strain on our health care system and health care workers. Staying home and safe is a small price to pay to keep yourself, your family and your community safe. We continue to applaud all the frontline health care and essential service workers for your continuous efforts in serving your community.