Province Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight the Spread of COVID-19

Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government announced that schools and child care centres will remain closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff. This extension is being made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Today's announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. The official press release can be found here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-extends-school-and-child-care-closures-to-fight-spread-of-covid-19.html

Press Release from Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Outbreak found in Carolina Retirement Residence in Perth, Ontario The Health Unit is working with Carolina Retirement Residence in Perth to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One resident and one staff member have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures have been put in place to manage the outbreak and are being monitored by the Health Unit. Staff who have been in contact with the resident have been instructed to wear Personal Protective Equipment at all times and to self-monitor for symptoms. The staff member who is at home on self-isolation. “This outbreak reminds us that we all need to follow the recommended actions to decrease the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the com

MORNING COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR… VIRTUALLY, OF COURSE

Hello everyone. I hope you are up for an experiment and a bit of fun. Many of you are familiar with Face Time and SKYPE. They are web based video conferencing programs. Town Hall and Council are using “zoom”, another web based video conferencing method and it is very easy to use. Since we are all (ahem – all!!) practicing social and personal distancing, I am hoping to have a coffee with you this Thursday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. Don’t worry, there is lots of room for everyone on the video conference. Below you will see an invitation to the zoom meeting. On your smart phone, IPAD or computer (it needs to be equipped with a camera and microphone) you click on the link to join the meeting.

MPAC UPDATE – Postponing the 2020 Assessment Update

Received this email from MPAC CEO and President this morning. Good morning Robin, As part of the Ontario Government’s Economic and Fiscal Update on March 25, the Hon. Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, announced the Province’s decision to postpone the 2020 Assessment Update. The provincial government has indicated that property assessments for the 2021 taxation year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values (i.e., the same valuation date in use for 2020 taxation year). At MPAC, we are committed to capturing new assessment to support your assessment base to the greatest extent we are able while observing provincial health and safety guidelines around phys

Media Release: Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

March 29, 2020 Outbreak found in Almonte Country Haven. The Health Unit is overseeing the management by Almonte Country Haven of a COVID-19 outbreak in the long term care home – 3 residents and 1 staff member have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Infection control measures have been put in place to manage the outbreak and are being monitored by the Health Unit. All staff have been instructed to wear Personal Protective Equipment at all times and to self-monitor for symptoms, and to self-isolate at home when not working. Over the last few days, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has received confirmation of 15 cases of COVID-19 as of March 29 at noon – 3 long term ca

Time to Pause and Say Thanks

It has been a little over two weeks since the community began to pull together, putting strategies in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. I am aware of the cooperation taking place to keep everyone in the Village safe as well as the “out of the box” thinking underway to meet these new challenges. You make the Village safer and me very proud to be your Mayor. We have seen extraordinary leadership from Tracey, Neil & Martha and Paul. Early decisions were made by many businesses to prevent the spread of the virus – either by early closures or restricted access. Essential services are keeping us provisioned and we are thankful to – Les, Paul&Marcia, Guy&Cathy, Canada Post staff, Morgan, F

COVID-19 - Important Business Resources & Information

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is working very hard to keep information with regard to resources for businesses during this difficult time streamlined onto one page, ensuring the content has the most current information available. They will continue to update the page as additional business information, surveys, resources and programs become available. Visit the link here: https://invest.leedsgrenville.com/en/contacts-news-events/covid-19.aspx

Total Burn Ban in Effect

Please be advised that a total burn ban in Westport and Rideau Lakes takes effect March 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Toll Free Business Info Line Opened by Province

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses to find ways to help their employees work from home. The government also reminded businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public. Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how

COVID-19 Update - Non-Essential Workplaces Must Close to Fight the Spread

All non-essential workplaces in the province must close by 11:59 p.m. tonight (March 24) to fight the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Ontario government. The closures will last for at least 14 days the province said. In a release, Premier Doug Ford said the closure order was a “tough decision, but the right decision” to address the spread of COVID-19. To view the list of non-essential business, please visit the list here.

Update From Province of Ontario – Ontario Significantly Enhancing Covid-19 Screening Measures and Su

TORONTO — With the increasing severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, Ontario has now launched an enhanced and interactive self-assessment tool. This new easy-to-use tool takes the public through a series of questions to inform those who are concerned they may have contracted COVID-19. In a matter of seconds, this tool will help people determine if they are negative or it will provide them with guidance on where to seek care based on their needs. Critically, the enhanced tool provides the province with real-time data on the number and geography of users who are told to seek care, self-isolate or to monitor for symptoms. This data will help inform Ontario’s ongoing response in order to keep indivi

Update on Glen Street Sewer Pipe Repair

For those of you who found yourself in the Rideau/Glen/Whalen part of the Village, you would have noted lots of heavy trucks since yesterday afternoon. The main sewer pipe developed a significant leak and it took until a few minutes ago to make the repair. The road will still be closed until tomorrow when the repair to the road will be completed. Thank you for your patience and questions. SHARE THIS:

COVID-19 – WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SELF-ISOLATE?

I have had many calls this past week-end, with people looking for more definitive direction on what behaviour is allowed when self-isolating. As I was typing this blog, the PM made his COVID-19 update. PM Trudeau said today (March 23) in his announcement: “Enough is enough. Some people think they are invincible. They are not. Go home and stay home. This is what we all need to do.” Trudeau also stated that he will be discussing the Emergencies Act, which replaced the War Measures Act, with the Provincial Ministers later today, and it would give the federal government wide powers. This is how serious the federal government is about controlling COVID-19 and will give you a better idea o

Garbage Collection-Change as of 3/25/20

Limerick Environmental Services Ltd wants to keep everyone safe while continuing to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In order to allow for safe handling of solid waste and recycling materials, effective immediately: All solid waste must be securely tied in clear plastic bags when placed out for collection; No loose materials will be collected, in other words - bag everything; No recycling materials will be sorted, if the recycling bag is contaminated it will be left, no exceptions. It is out of concern for Limerick's employees and their families that these changes must be made. In order to continue the essential service of solid waste and recycling collection, we ask that

Update - Bank of Montreal

The Bank of Montreal's Westport branch is currently open and assisting customers in need. They are assisting as many customers as possible over the phone and through alternate banking channels. The bank's hours are 10-3 Monday-Friday; however the hours of operation will continue to be reviewed and are subject to change. Customers who wish to complete bill payments and facilitate virtual appointments over the phone are encouraged to contact the branch service line at 613-273-6751.

Link to Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

Information regarding the COVID 19 virus changes from day to day and in order to get the most up to date information, we encourage you to visit the Leeds Grenville Lanark Health Unit. Keeping yourself safe means staying informed. Please visit https://healthunit.org/coronavirus for COVID 19 related information in our area.

COVID-19 AND THE FOOD BANK

I spoke to Pat Grundy about the impact of COVID-19 on the food bank this week and there have been some adjustments to ensure the safety of the volunteers and recipients. Thank you Pat, Tootie, Norman, Cait and all of the volunteers. Many people have been laid off in the past couple of weeks, which is putting pressure on the food bank. If you would like to donate, please consider making a monetary donation through an e-transfer. Everyone is trying to avoid handling cash if possible, although I am sure that money would still be gratefully received. You can e-transfer to “norman@rideau.net”. This is food bank Treasurer Norman Lapointe’s the email. Pat also said that they have enough volunt

RESTAURANTS OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT

I visited both Steve’s Rideau Restaurant and Tangled Garden Cafe today and they are open for business … well … open for take out. Contact information for you in photo. If I missed another one, please let me know.

COVID-19 UPDATE – MARCH 20, 2020 WELCOME BACK TRAVELLERS & SNOW BIRDS

We are so happy that you have either landed back in Westport or you are heading home! While you have been away, we have been putting a safety net around our community. There is no reported case of COVID-19 in the area and we are working hard to keep it that way. Self isolation for 14 days is mandatory when you return to Canada. We know how difficult that can be and the community wants to offer you help in a variety of ways. Paul Millar is our Volunteer Coordinator for COVID-19. (Thank you AGAIN, Paul!) You can email westportcare@gmail.com for assistance in getting the things you need from the store to your home. and other errands. There are many volunteers ready, willing and able to give

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