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Essential Services for the City of Brockville:

Ontario Strengthens Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order - effective Saturday April 17, 2021 at 12:01am

Please read the provincial press release for details.

The following City Services will be open to the public. Individual(s) will be required to wear a face covering and follow posted guidelines.

City Council meetings continue virtually. Committee Meetings on hold for the moment. Council meeting agendas and minutes are available on our meeting website: brockville.civicweb.net/portal/

  • City Transit will continue during the provincewide Stay-at-Home Order, with existing COVID-19 safety precautions and protocols in place. Only essential rides will be permitted until the Order is lifted. Conventional Transit is unable to use the wheelchair lift at this time, and is encouraging all riders requiring use of the wheelchair lift to use Para Transit service. Please contact Para Transit at 613-342-7272 for more information. Please note that regular transit is not able to take you to the COVID-19 assessment centre. Please contact Para Transit if you require this service.
  • Waste and recycling collection will continue as scheduled.
  • Compost Site at Gord Watts Municipal Centre - Will be open as of Monday April 12th with COVID safety precuations in place.
  • Outdoor recreation amenities including public trails and playgrounds remain open. Any person who enters or uses an outdoor amenity must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons using the amenity (excluding members of the same household).
  • Outdoor Recreational Amenities: Certain outdoor recreation amenities can open starting May 22 according to the latest announcement from the Province of Ontario. Please note that the Stay-at-Home Order is still in effect and therefore these amenities are available to local residents only for exercise purposes. These include boat launches, inner harbour marina, skateboard park, basketball courts, tennis courts, pump track, soccer fields, baseball fields, pickleball court, dive steps at Centeen Park, and the beach at St. Lawrence Park. Washrooms at Blockhouse Island are now open for the season.
  • City Hall and Gord Watts Municipal Centre
    • Those wishing to meet with a member of staff may pre-book their appointments in order to facilitate their visit. Staff from the respective department will be able to meet the individual at the door and take them to a dedicated meeting space. Please consult the City’s website for staff contact information at https://brockville.com/departments
    • Plexiglass barriers have been appropriately installed on customer service counters. Hand sanitizer is available at entrances.
    • Individual(s) will be required to wear a face covering according to the Health Unit’s Instruction. Visitors should complete a COVID-19 self-assessment before entering. The Ontario Government provides an online self-assessment tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment. No one exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been outside of the country in the past 14 days will be permitted to enter.
    • Should you meet with any City staff, you will be screened.
  • Brockville Police Service remains open 24/7 with access to the facility being controlled.  Persons requiring a criminal record check are encouraged to call first for an appointment (613-342-0127).
    Brockville Public Library: Only curbside pickup of library materials is permitted at this time. Public computers and photocopying are temporarily unavailable. 
  • Brockville Cemetery: In accordance with the recent shutdown order, please be advised that effective April 19, 2021 all privately booked interments at the Brockville Cemetery will be limited to a maximum of 10 attendees. Staff can be reached by phone or email, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For all inquiries or to book an in-person appointment, please contact the Brockville Cemetery at (613) 342-3858

Those wishing to meet with a member of staff may will require an appointment and screening. Appropriate face coverings must be worn inside all City facilities. Please consult the City’s website for staff contact information at https://brockville.com/departments

The following facilities remain closed to the public:

  • Outdoor Recreational Amenities: certain outdoor amenities are unable to open at this time according to provincial legislation. These include the Splah Pad, Camping (islands and St. Lawrence Park), and the railway tunnel. 
  • Water Treatment and Wastewater facilities
  • Fire stations will be closed to all public access and for station tours
  • Brockville Museum: The Brockville Museum is currently closed. Please contact the Museum staff for virtual options and any questions you may have
  • The Brockville Arts Centre
  • Brockville Memorial Centre: Currently operating as the COVID-19 Assessment Centre and Vaccination Clinic
  • Youth Arena

Transit

The City understands how important the transit services are for our community and have taken new precautions to continue.

Only essential rides are permitted during the provincewide Stay-at-home order. Conventional Transit is unable to use the wheelchair lift at this time, and is encouraging all riders requiring use of the wheelchair lift to use Para Transit service. Please contact 613-342-7272 for more information about use of Para Transit.

Note that Conventional Transit is not providing access to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre or Vaccination Clinic at this time. However, Para Transit service to and from these facilities is available.

Brockville Transit Blue, Red and Green Routes are operating from 6:45am until 6pm Monday to Friday and on Saturdays from 9am - 6pm. The Yellow Evening service route will run from 6pm to 9pm on a 1-hour loop. 

In addition, the following precautions remain in place:

  • A hand sanitizer station available to riders has been installed on every bus
  • 40-Ride Passes are to be returned into the fare box by the rider when presented.
  • The Transit Driver will issue the rider 40 paper tickets. This removes the need for physical interaction between rider and driver.
  • Maximum ridership per bus remains at 8 passengers in order to allow for the maximum distance between riders.
  • As a safety precaution, additional cleaning of busses will also take place 
  • All transit users are now required to wear a fabric face covering other than under the following circumstances: Face coverings should not be placed on or used by children under the age of two; anyone who has trouble breathing; and anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.
     

Other transit related information can be found here: https://brockville.com/transit


The City of Brockville continues to closely monitor all of our continuing services to ensure both the safety of our ratepayers as well as our staff.

Click for more information on the City of Brockville - Workplace Safety Plan for COVID-19

The Provincial and Federal governments are doing everything they can to preserve our civil liberties. However both levels of government have made it clear that if the behavior of their citizens does not match the need to flatten the curve, they will take further measures.

Do your part to make sure this service is continued safely and only use the transit service when absolutely required. You are asked to stay home – stay in – and be safe. All non-essential outings into our community further the risk of the spread of the virus. If you do need to go out into the community go alone or with one other person if you need assistance.  


The City would also like to remind and encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of our public health agency.

  • Properly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Engage in proper cough or sneeze etiquette, including but not limited to covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and disposing of used tissues immediately. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Refrain from shaking hands with another person.
  • Practice social distancing of at least 2 metres.
  • Wear a face covering when shopping or in locations where it will be difficult to maintain a 2 metre distance from others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have symptoms of a respiratory illness of any kind (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath, etc.) you are asked to stay home and seek medical treatment. Call your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms. After hours, or if you do not have a health care provider, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Do not visit your health care provider or a walk-in clinic without calling ahead to outline your symptoms and travel experience.


Please click here to access relevant staff in our City Departments: https://brockville.com/departments


 

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