COVID-19 - Municipal Update - March 23, 2020

Posted on Monday March 23, 2020

COVID-19
Municipal Update

Social Distancing and Self Isolation

Today, both provincial and federal governments strongly requested that all residents stay home unless absolutely necessary to venture out into the public. If you need to go out, practice social distance and keep 2 meters (6 feet) away from another individual.  This is to protect not only yourself but those who in the community who are more vulnerable to the virus.

Additionally, if you have returned from abroad or been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 you must self isolate for 14 days. This means that you should have no contact with individuals who do not reside in your dwelling.

Testing for COVID-19

If you begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please contact the Health Unit directly at 613-345-5685 to be screened over the phone and to be assessed. People who have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or returned from abroad and have no symptoms do not need to be assessed. However, you must still practice self isolation and social distancing.

Closure of Non-Essential Workplaces

This afternoon, Premier Ford announced the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th. A full list of non-essential workplaces will be published by the province tomorrow. 

Mississippi Mills has a number of local businesses that will be impacted by this announcement. Some businesses have implemented online ordering – please buy local and support our community when possible. However, remember you will still need to practice social distancing or self-isolation.

Municipal Services

The municipality continues to be closed to the public; however, staff are available via e-mail or phone. Please contact town@mississippimills.ca  or 613-256-2064 and your matter will be directed accordingly.

The municipality will continue to provide services such as fire protection, police services (OPP), water and sewer services, winter maintenance, road maintenance, garbage collection, financial services, and executive management. Should you have any questions regarding a municipal matter please contact the municipality directly.

Late last week, the province passed legislation that would permit municipalities to hold Council meetings via e-participation during a declared state of emergency. Staff are currently researching ways to implement e-participation for members of Council while also ensuring that Council meetings remain open to the public.  Stay tuned for updates on when the next Council meeting will be scheduled.

Additional Resources:

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

Province of Ontario Resources - https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Province of Ontario COVID-19 Self Assessment - https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0

Province of Ontario News Releases - https://news.ontario.ca/newsroom/en

Federal Government Resources - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html