- Avoid visiting friends, family, and any other people you do not live with
- Stay at least 6 feet away from people you do not live with
- Wear a face covering in public spaces, even when outdoors
- Maintain distance from coworkers – such as eating alone during lunch breaks
- Stay home if you are sick, even if your symptoms are mild
PUBLIC NOTICE - The Municipal Office and ServiceOntario is currently CLOSED to the public.
As a result of Provincial Lockdown Orders effective December 26, 2020 our office is RECLOSING and unable to provide IN-OFFICE services to residents at this time.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
December 22, 2020
For Immediate Release
On December 21, 2020, the Province of Ontario announced further measures across the Province to slow the spread of COVID-19 including a Provincewide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives. The County of Elgin supports all efforts to reduce and eliminate the transmission of COVID-19 in our community to protect the healthcare system and save lives.
The Provincewide Shutdown restrictions start at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, December 26th, 2020 and are anticipated to continue in our region until at least Saturday, January 23, 2021. This shutdown mirrors the provincewide restrictions put in place in the spring in response to the first wave of the pandemic.
Details of the shutdown include, but are not limited to:
- The Shutdown restricts all indoor social gatherings except those with members of the same household. Residents living alone, including seniors, may consider gathering with one other household to help reduce the impact of social isolation.
- The limit for organized religious services and ceremonies including weddings and funeral services is limited to 10 people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
- Restaurant services are limited to takeout options, drive-through and delivery.
- Only essential retail services will be able to remain open for in-person shopping, including: supermarkets, grocery stores, hardware stores, liquor and beer stores, pharmacies, and pet stores. Stores will have limited capacity for in-person shopping.
- The Ministry of Education directed School Boards to prepare students for a pivot to remote learning and a staggered return to in-person learning will take place in 2021.
Residents of Elgin County are strongly encouraged to stay home, except for essential travel, such as groceries and other necessities, like medicine; healthcare appointments; school; child care; and going to work. By reducing the number of people who are out in the community, we reduce the potential exposures to COVID-19, which will help drive down case counts.
Having friends or family who are not members of your household in your home for a social visit is prohibited under provincial orders. Essential support workers and emergency repairpersons are exempt. Outdoor organized public events or social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people. Non-essential travel outside of one’s own community is strongly discouraged.
Elgin County parks are open, and residents are encouraged to use them for exercise, including walking, but to do so only with those they live with.
To avoid future or prolonged restrictions following the strict measures announced on December 21, 2020, it is important that Elgin County residents follow the advice and orders of public health experts and take individual responsibility for saving lives. The County acknowledges how challenging and difficult this is for everyone in our community.
While these restrictions are necessary to reduce contacts and the spread of COVID-19, they must be implemented along with enhanced supports to protect frontline workers and disproportionately affected communities.
Municipalities across Elgin County are working together to plan for the temporary shutdown. This temporary shutdown may impact the delivery of municipal services. For the latest information regarding the impacts of this shutdown in your municipality please visit the following websites or call your local municipal office or the County of Elgin for the latest COVID-19 information.
- Town of Aylmer – (www.aylmer.ca /519-773-3164)
- Municipality of Bayham – (www.bayham.on.ca /519-866-5521)
- Municipality of Central Elgin – (www.centralelgin.org /519-631-4860
- Municipality of Dutton Dunwich – www.duttondunwich.on.ca / (519)-762-2204)
- Township of Malahide – (www.malahide.ca / 519-773-5344)
- Township of Southwold – (www.southwold.ca /519-769-2010)
- Municipality of West Elgin – (www.westelgin.net / 519-785-0560)
- County of Elgin – (www.elgincounty.ca/ 519-631-1460 ext. 104)
Case status data can be found on Southwestern Public Health’s website (www.swpublichealth.ca).
“This is a difficult but critical time in our fight against COVID-19. We all need to stay home as much as possible and follow the rules in order to protect ourselves and each other,” said Warden Tom Marks. “A swift, collective action is needed to contain the current surge before it totally overwhelms our healthcare system. By working together, we can save lives,” Marks continued.
The Provincial government announced a new small-business support grant to help businesses required to close or restrict services under the shutdown. Eligible small businesses can apply for a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000. According to the Province’s plan, $10,000 will be received by all eligible businesses and businesses can apply for up to $20,000 in additional dollar-for-dollar funding if they can show their losses exceeded the baseline $10,000.
For more information, please contact:
Please be advised that all municipal facilities including Service Ontario will be CLOSED and all rentals cancelled as directed by the Provincial Order commence December 26, 2020 up to January 23, 2021
FROM: Anti-Rackets Branch DATE: December 21, 2020
ONTARIO RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO BE TARGETED BY INDIVIDUALS CLAIMING TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD (OEB)
(Orillia, ON) – Since October of 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in Eastern Ontario have received an increased number of complaints from homeowners who have been solicited by individuals claiming to be associated with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). The OEB does not engage and is not involved in any type of sales activity.
Typically, the individuals will contact a homeowner by way of telephone requesting to attend the residence in order to conduct a green energy assessment to qualify for a green energy rebate or Ontario Rebate Program for COVID-19 relief. Once in the home, the representative will use high pressure sales tactics to have the homeowner purchase products and services in order to qualify for a rebate.
Door‐to‐door scams continue to pose a threat to Ontario consumers and businesses. Door-to-door salespeople can use high pressure tactics and can be aggressive in nature. Consumers may find themselves in a situation where they purchase a product or sign up for a service contract they neither need nor want.
The OEB has received in excess of 710 complaints related to energy scams in 2020 from consumers across the province.
In 2019, the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre receive 1,641 complaints related to service scams affecting 863 Ontario residents, for a loss of $2,878,898. Door‐to‐door scams reported to the Canadian Anti‐Fraud Centre include solicitations or a service scam involving the sale or maintenance of an appliance.
On March 1, 2018, Ontario banned unsolicited, door‐to‐door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home. The new rules apply to air cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, duct cleaning services, furnaces, water filters, water heaters, water purifiers, water softeners, water treatment devices as well as bundles of these goods and services.
On January 1, 2017, Ontario banned energy retailers from signing up customers for an energy contract while at their homes to give consumers the ability to make choices about their energy supply at their own pace and with better information.
Know your rights under the Consumer Protection Act, at https://www.ontario.ca/page/your-rights-under-consumer-protection-act
December 14, 2020
Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement on the first COVID-19 vaccinations being administered to frontline health care workers in Ontario and in the country:
"Today is a historic day for Ontario and for Canada as the first Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccines have started to be given to our frontline health care heroes.
I would especially like to recognize Anita Quidangen, the first person in Ontario and Canada to receive the shot. Anita is a personal support worker (PSW) from the Rekai Centre at Sherbourne Place, a long-term care home in Toronto. She has worked tirelessly to care for some of our most vulnerable, both throughout this pandemic and since her first days as a PSW in 1988. Anita has spent years rolling up her sleeves to protect our province, and today, she didn't hesitate to find a new way to do so. She represents the best of the Ontario Spirit.
Today's milestone officially launches the first phase of our three-phase vaccine implementation plan to keep Ontarians safe and marks the beginning of the long journey to return life back to normal. Over 2,500 health care workers in our hospitals and long-term care homes will be vaccinated over the coming days and weeks, with more people to follow as additional shipments arrive.
I encourage everyone to be patient. This is the biggest immunization program in a century, and our vaccine supply will arrive in stages. General Hillier and the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force are working with Health Canada and other provincial and territorial partners to ensure the vaccines are distributed quickly, so people can get immunized as soon as possible.
This is a watershed moment - the beginning of the end of this terrible pandemic. The light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter every day, but we must remain on our guard.
As we continue to rollout these vaccines, I'm asking all Ontarians to please continue following the public health measures to keep everyone safe and healthy, especially during the holiday season. Avoid social gatherings, wear a mask when required, practise physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and download the COVID Alert app. As we await the arrival of more vaccines, this is our best and only defence against this deadly virus."
Office of the Premier
December 17, 2020
Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement on Santa Claus' annual delivery of gifts:
"As children across Ontario count down the days to Christmas with excitement, I want to reassure all the boys and girls out there that Santa is still coming this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Premier, I have officially designated Santa Claus as an essential service provider and authorized to deliver toys, treats and good cheer to the children of Ontario. I have also designated the Elves' Toy Workshop as an essential manufacturing business and authorized to supply Santa Claus with toys and gifts. Finally, Santa's Reindeer, including Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph, are proclaimed essential transportation service providers and permitted to pull Santa's sleigh across every part of Ontario.
Santa and his reindeer have one of the most essential jobs of all, delivering toys to all the good children in Ontario and around the world every Christmas Eve. While this Christmas is different than any other, Santa is taking every safety precaution necessary and will continue to make his rounds.
I would like to thank Santa Claus, the elves, reindeer and all of Ontario's essential workers this holiday season. From nurses to construction workers, personal care workers to grocery store clerks and so many other essential workers, we are grateful for the hard work you have done all year long.
From my family to yours, I want to wish everyone a healthy and safe Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!"
Office of the Premier
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