UPDATE (June 24): With the advanced date of entering Step 2 immediately before Canada Day (a statutory holiday), the Township will be opening its offices by appointment beginning Monday, July 5th.
Media Release #12: June 14, 2021 (4:00 p.m.)
Statement from Mayor Burrow responding to Reopening Ontario and Municipal Offices
Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Ontario
The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley’s Emergency Control Group met this morning to discuss the provincial Reopening Ontario plan and its three steps, as well as how municipal operations should proceed under each step with the safety of residents and staff members in mind.
In an effort to minimize undue risks and unnecessary visits to our offices while many services can be conducted electronically, all municipal offices will continue to be closed to the public under Step 1. Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to be directed to the appropriate staff member. Alternatively, calls can be made to the Main Administration Office at 613-345-7480 for municipal business, or the Main Fire Station at 613-498-2460 for inquiries related to burning.
The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley will implement the following for its offices under Step 2:
- Offices will be open to the public. Face coverings and contact tracing will be required, and booking an appointment is encouraged.
- Council and Committee meetings will be conducted in person with social distancing measures in place. Council Chambers will remain closed to the public, with meetings being livestreamed to the Township’s YouTube channel, Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley.
- Public libraries will be permitted to open. Please contact your library branch to confirm their hours and any safety measures to follow once Step 2 of the Reopening Ontario comes into effect.
Municipal offices, including meetings in the Council Chambers, will open fully to the public under Step 3 with safety and distancing measures in place.
Finally, I would like to commend the residents of Elizabethtown-Kitley and the surrounding communities for the ongoing diligence and patience over the past year. Following public health guidelines have proven to be successful in curbing the spread of COVID-19 and its variants within the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark district. Our area is among the leading Health Unit districts with a low rate of confirmed cases and very high support and uptake towards vaccination. Each of these actions deserve recognition and bring us closer to returning to normal.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue the guidelines set out by health officials, to shop local, and be kind to your neighbours and service workers. We encourage you to visit the Township’s website, www.ektwp.ca for updates to municipal services and Covid related resources, as well as both the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit (www.healthunit.org) and provincial website (www.ontario.ca) for the latest updates and vaccine information.