News & Public Notices
Service Changes resulting from Provincewide Shutdown
The City of Brockville, in response to this week’s Provincial announcement of a Provincewide Shutdown that will take effect on December 26th, will be adapting some services in order to meet the new regulations and to help slow the spread of the coronavirus in our community. City Services that will be unaffected in the Shutdown include:
- City Transit will continue as scheduled, with existing COVID-19 safety precautions and protocols in place.
- Waste and recycling collection will continue as scheduled (please refer to holiday schedules for changes due to Statutory Holidays).
- Winter controls and sidewalk maintenance are unaffected.
City Services that will be modified to reduce in-person contact, or that will be closing in order to meet the Provincial Regulations are as follows:
- Services at City Hall and Gord Watts Municipal Centre will be accessible by appointment only, effective January 4th at 8:00 am, with additional screening and contact tracing in place. Masks are required for all people who wish to enter any public building. Please contact the department you wish to access in advance to set up an appointment time.
- The Brockville Museum will be closed to the public while the shutdown is in effect, but will continue to offer their scheduled virtual programming throughout January.
- The Brockville Public Library will be closed to the public but will be offering curbside pickup of library materials Tuesdays through Saturdays starting on Tuesday December 29th. Their drop box for returns will remain open and all returned materials will be quarantined for the recommended period of time. Contact tracing will be implemented for all patrons picking up materials through their curbside pickup service.
- The Memorial Centre Arena will be closed until further notice, effective December 26th at 12:01 am. Staff will be reaching out to all ice user groups to notify them of the change.
- The Rotary Ice Rink will be closed until further notice, effective December 25th at 10:00 pm, including the changerooms and washroom facilities which will close at 7:00 pm. Harbour washroom facilities will also close at their regular time of 6:00 pm that evening and will not reopen during the Shutdown period.
- The Brockville Arts Centre will continue to remain closed to the public until further notice.
Residents should stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus at this critical juncture. The shutdown is designed to help minimize the transmission of the virus. Services that are more likely to cause people to come into close contact with one another, or that might cause people to leave their homes unnecessarily are being modified to limit interactions and to make it easier for the public to act in accordance with the public health guidance. Availability of City Services will remain at current service levels with modified delivery unless otherwise mandated by the Provincial Shutdown.
During the Shutdown, access to in-person City Services at both City Hall and Gord Watts Municipal Centre should be reserved for essential and time-sensitive purposes only, and appointments must be made in advance. Most staff and services can be accessed remotely over the phone, and a drop-box is available outside of City Hall to drop off cheques for bill payments.
Screening and contact tracing will be performed for all people entering City Hall or Gord Watts Municipal Centre, and appropriate face coverings will be required indoors in accordance with the City of Brockville’s Mask Policy.
“I am proud of the way that our community has worked together to prevent the coronavirus from taking hold here in Brockville and with supporting each other through this year. The threat is still present, and we are at a critical point in the Province and in our community. Everyone must continue to act together during this time to slow the spread of COVID-19. The City of Brockville continues to take this threat seriously and will do whatever is necessary to protect the community.” Jason Baker, Mayor
Please continue to follow all public health guidance, including:
- Properly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.
- Stay home unless for an essential purpose (e.g., grocery, pharmacy)
- Keep a distance of at least 2 metres from anyone outside of your immediate household
- Frequently clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Refrain from going out into the public if you feel unwell, even if you have mild symptoms
- Indoor social gatherings are prohibited; outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, or where maintaining a 2 metre distance from others is not possible is prohibited as of December 26th at 12:01 am
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Regularly screen yourself using the Provincial COVID-19 screening checklist at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ and follow all public health advice on whether to seek testing. The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Brockville Memorial Centre remains open during the holidays, please check their website for holiday hours of operation and to book an appointment.
O. Reg. 82/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 1 – e-Laws date December 21, 2020
News Release – Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives
COVID-19: Provincewide Shutdown
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Government of Canada
Ontario Ministry of Health
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
World Health Organization