Town of Penetanguishene Updates COVID-19 Situation

Town of Penetanguishene

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Impacts on Municipal Services 

Posted on Monday March 16, 2020 

March 16, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. 

We are all in this together. To continue our efforts to socially distance and do our part to protect and care for our staff, residents and the public health we are aligning with proactive steps taken by other organizations as well as the recommendations from other levels of government and health authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and residents related to the COVID-19 situation.  Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding as well as those in our community who are stepping up to help those in need during this time.   

We will continue watching, listening and learning, day by day, and will keep you posted as things evolve.  

Current situation:

As of March 16, 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians abroad to come home while they still can, as Canada is shutting the border to non-Canadian citizens, with limited exceptions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Permanent Canadian residents, the immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens are still being allowed into Canada at this time.

  • Avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada.
  • Immediately suspend all large events or public gatherings over 250 people.
  • All Ontarians to practice social distancing as much as possible until further notice.

Steps already in place: 

  • Essential services such as Water, Wastewater and Fire and Emergency Services remain fully operational. 

  • The Recreation and Community Services Department has cancelled all programming activities until further notice. The Arena and Museum will be closed to the public but staff are still attending work as usual. 

  • The Library has cancelled all programming activities until further notice. The Library will be closed to the public and the public will be directed to their online services. 

  • Municipal Offices remain open and front-line staff are being asked to practise social distancing (keep a two metre distance with others) and avoid contact such as hand shaking. For any contact with personal items, including money exchange, please be sure to wash or sanitize your hands after each interaction. Front-line staff will encourage customers to provide other forms of payment instead of cash (such as debit). 

  • Facility Staff are sanitizing Town facilities twice daily, with heightened focus on those areas that are still open to the public. 

  • Hand sanitizer is on order and will be provided to staff once it arrives. Disinfectants are also on order and are to be provided to each division upon delivery. 

  • Provincial Offences Court has been cancelled at Town Hall until further notice. 

  • The Emergency Management Community Control Group has been activated and is in the monitoring phase. Meetings will take place twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.  

  • A Pandemic Plan is being considered for the Town.  

Next steps: 

  • Decisions with respect to holding Council Meetings and other Public Meetings will be discussed. 

  • Plans are being put in place to assist employees who must work from home due to 14 day self-isolation requirements. 

  • We will continue to distribute additional signage to Town buildings, as necessary. 

  • We will restrict large gatherings in any Town space. 

  • Non-essential property visits (ie. Building inspections, water department inspections, etc.) and jobsite travel are to be suspended from March 16th until further notice. 

  • Non-essential meetings in person with the public or community groups are to be suspended from March 16th until further notice. 

  • Any and all non-emergent tender openings should wait. If they have to proceed, social distancing mechanisms will be put in place. 

  • With regards to public transit, we are in discussions with the Town of Midland regarding enhanced cleaning practices on buses as well as the posting of information/signage on all buses. 

  • The Senior Management Team will continue to meet regularly to discuss the ever evolving situation.  

 

Please continue to follow the directions on public health authorities and ?take these actions to help you and your family stay healthy?:? 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often.? 

  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue. Dispose of tissue immediately and wash your hands.? 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.??? 

  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected.? 

  • Stay home if you are sick.? 

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.? 

  • Maintain social distance of two metres.? ? 

  • Avoid non-essential travel outside of? Canada?.?????? 

  • If you have symptoms, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-0007 or contact your Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7750 or http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/  

Where to find more information: 

Additional information about COVID-19 is available online at:  

Public Health  
(www.publichealthontario.ca)  

Government of Canada 
(www.canada.ca/coronavirus)  

Government of Ontario 
(www.ontario.ca/coronavirus)  

World Health Organization 
(www.who.int/coronavirus

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 
(www.smdhu.org/coronavirus

 

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March 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

UPDATE: The Town of Penetanguishene is taking precautions to help protect our vulnerable residents. Following a meeting of the Senior Management Team the Town has made the difficult decision to cancel all programming and close some facilities, effective Friday, March 13 at 5:00 pm. The closures and cancellations will remain in effect until further notice. 

The following programs and facilities are impacted:

 

Service / Facility

 

Impact

 

Action

Penetanguishene Memorial Community Centre & Arena

Closed – All programming and rentals are cancelled

Full refunds will be issued.

Penetanguishene Library

Closed – All programming and rentals are cancelled

Full refunds will be issued.

Penetanguishene Centennial Museum

Closed – All programming and rentals are cancelled

Full refunds will be issued.

Townhall Administration Centre

Open

All guests are being asked to use self-screening practices or conduct their business online through our website or by phone.

Penetanguishene Fire Station

Open

All guests are being asked to use self-screening practices or conduct their business online through our website or by phone.

March Break Camps

Cancelled

Full refunds will be issued.

Fitness Programs

Cancelled

Full refunds will be issued.

Council Meetings

Proceeding as scheduled

All guests are being asked to use self-screening practices or view the meeting through our Rogers TV or our livestream.

Advisory Committees of Council

Proceeding as scheduled

All meeting attendees are being asked to use self-screening practices. 

     

This is a fluid situation and the Town will continue to communicate with our residents and visitors regarding COVID-19.  Please continue to visit our Town website at www.penetanguishene.ca.  If you would like to recieve email updates directly in your inbox sign up here: https://www.penetanguishene.ca/en/news/subscribe.aspx?feedId=332cb99c-6528-48f3-98c1-4393b13712a8

Refunds will be issued to all program and rental registrants and will NOT be charged the admin fee.  Programs already underway will be issued a PRO RATED refund.  Refund Cheques will be sent through Canada Post.

Spring Programming – Further correspondence will be sent to program registrations through contact information provided during the registration process.  

Town staff are ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touch points and public spaces at all Town facilities. Public education focusing on hand washing and cough etiquette has been increased in high traffic locations and residents who do not feel well are being reminded to stay home.

We continue to encourage those with any of the identified symptoms to contact our office at 705-549-7453 for our staff to assist with any town services you may require.

For County of Simcoe related communications related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx 

For public health related resources, visit http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/ or call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520

For up-to-date information and resources pertaining to COVID-19, please regularly check the Ontario webpage:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

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March 13, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. 

In light of the COVID-19 preparations, we wanted to communicate to our residents and visitors to let you know that we are continuing to monitor the status of COVID-19.  The federal government has warned the situation could quickly change, therefore this Public Notice webpage / email subscription will be updated as required.

You will see when visiting any of our Town facilities that we have posted information (poster attached) on the entry door encouraging those with any of the identified symptoms to not enter and to contact our office at 705-549-7453 for our staff to assist with any town services you may require.

We are staying in constant communication with our staff and partners on this and will be updating on our website and social media channels as required related to any impacted Town services.

For County of Simcoe related communications related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx 

For public health related resources, visit http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/

For up-to-date information and resources pertaining to COVID-19, please regularly check the Ontario webpage:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

 

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