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:
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.