Municipality Moving to adhere to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen

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Municipality Moving to adhere to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen

January 4, 2022 – COVID Update

On January 3, 2022, the Province temporarily moved to a Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, which reduces outdoor and indoor gathering limits, closes additional workplaces, and introduces mitigation measures for those remaining open.

The enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are in effect for all of Ontario and are anticipated to be in place until Wednesday, January 26, 2022 (unless extended). These public health measures are introduced to limit the spread of the Omicron variant to help blunt transmission and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed as the Province continues to vaccinate and provide boosters.

Residents are encouraged to follow the Renfrew County District Health Unit and Provincial Guidelines’ guidelines.

FACILITY CLOSURES Effective January 4, 2022, until January 26, 2022, (or as extended), include the following:

  1. The Township Office is closed to the public. All departments are open for business and will continue to provide essential services. Payment options include: paying at a bank, online or telephone banking, mailing a cheque, or dropping payment off at the Township Office in the secure drop box at 85 Bay Street (a receipt can be mailed if requested at the time of payment), or made online at payments@madawaskavalley.ca. Payments, correspondence, or parcels, can be left at the drop box located to the left of the front door. A drop box is also available at the back door for larger envelopes. Please call 613-756-2747 to schedule an appointment or visit our website at www.madawaskavalley.ca for contact or update information. Please include your name, subject matter, civic address, and telephone number when leaving a message.
  2. The Paul J Yakabuski Community Centre, the Combermere Community Centre, and the Railway Station will be closed to the public. All bookings and programming during this time have been cancelled.
  3. The Madawaska Valley Public Library will remain open at 50% capacity, allowing 12 people to attend. The Library will be offering curbside pickup; please check their website at www.madawaskavalleylibrary.ca for details along with their social media sites. For any further information, contact the Library at 613-756-2000.
  4. Drive Test will continue at the Paul J Yakabuski Community Centre. Please call Drive Test to confirm their operation and hours during the Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen restrictions at 1-800-570-6110.

e . Outdoor Rinks: The Combermere Outdoor Rink and Barry’s Bay Outdoor Rink will remain open depending on the weather. Ice conditions will be posted at each rink advising if closed or open-please adhere to postings. It is recommended to mask outdoors if within 2 metres of someone else. Outdoor rinks remain open at 50% capacity, which allows a maximum of 50 people on the ice at one time. Users are responsible for not entering an area with the maximum number of people outlined above. Team sports, or other sports or games where people may come within two meters of each other, are not practiced or played within the amenity. While using the outdoor rinks, individuals are required to adhere to posted Provincial regulations

WASTE MANAGEMENT There is no anticipated impact on the curbside collection activities, and the schedules are expected to remain the same as previously advertised. The Bark Lake landfill site, the Wilno and Combermere recycling depots will remain open with social distancing in place. Tags/Vouchers can be purchased at the following locations throughout Madawaska Valley:

-McEwen Barry’s Bay (formerly Esso)

-Shell Barry’s Bay

-C.O. Country Market (Combermere)

-Ultramar Barry’s Bay

You are encouraged to tag your bags before arrival at the sites to reduce the exchange of Cash. A debit machine is available for payments at the Bark Lake Waste Site.

PUBLIC MEETINGS – Facility closures will not impact the scheduled and upcoming meetings of the Council. They will continue to meet virtually.

The Township Of Madawaska Valley supports the Province of Ontario and the Renfrew County District Health Unit by encouraging residents to respect the Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen.

If you have symptoms; use the Covid-19 Self-Assessment Screening Tool at  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

If travel is necessary, avoid close contact with others, stay at least 2 meters away, wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.

Respect local business protocols, including wearing a mask, reducing shopping trips due to capacity limits have one member per family enter the store, continue adhering to all Renfrew County District Health Unit guidelines as established.

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