COVID-19 UPDATE: March 20, 2020 - Municipal Facilities, Services and Program Closures

Remember: While you may not feel sick, and while we know these measures are an inconvenience, please be mindful of the members of our community who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others.

We are all in this together.

Please note that all measures being taken by the Municipality of Greenstone are precautionary. 

Mayor Renald Beaulieu wishes to express that he has implemented these closures and changes in service as precautionary measures and based on the direction provided from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to reduce possible spreading of COVID-19. While understanding that these measures will be a considerable adjustment to those families directly affected, they are important to managing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our most vulnerable populations.

Municipality of Greenstone Updates RE: COVID-19

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Municipality.

Please remember that this is a fluid situation and updates will be provided as they become available. 

UPDATE FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020

The Mayor and other staff members of the Municipality of Greenstone continue to meet via teleconferencing on a daily basis to assess the situation of COVID-19 within the Municipality.

All previous restrictions and closures remain in place (please see below). Several safety measures have been implemented internally in order to ensure the safest environment for our staff and the residents of Greenstone while still serving our communities.

The understanding and patience of all residents is very appreciated as we navigate this difficult situation.  

UPDATE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020

The following updates to changes in service from the Municipality of Greenstone are effective as of Thursday, March 19, 2020.

These are in addition to all previously posted changes implemented for Municipal Facilities, Services and Programs.

All Municipal Buildings

  • No unnecessary entrance to any Municipal building is permitted by any persons including Municipal employees.  Telephone and email communications are to be utilized whenever possible. 

 

UPDATE TUESDAY MARCH 17,2020

In conjunction with the recommendations of Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and the experts at the COVID-19 Command Table the following changes to Municipal Services and Programs have been made.

Municipal Administration/Ward Offices

  • All Municipal Administration/Ward Offices are closed to the Public as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  Residents wishing to make bill payments may do so via mail, at your bank, on-line banking, or over the phone.  PLEASE NOTE - No penalties will be incurred for late payments during the duration of the office closures.
  • Staff will be available during regularly scheduled hours (unless otherwise indicated) to assist residents via phone and/or email.  

Office Contact List

Community Services

  • All Municipal Childcare Centres are closed as per the declaration and its associated orders by Premier Doug Ford. The re-opening date of April 6, 2020 as previously reported by the Municipality remain in place.  
  • All EarlyON Programs are closed until April 6, 2020.
  • Senior’s Programming provided by the Municipality in Geraldton will be limited to transportation services for grocery shopping and medication pickups from the pharmacy and will be limited to one person at a time. To schedule call the local Elderly Persons Centre (EPC) Coordinator at 853-1041.
  • No social programming for Seniors will be available through the Geraldton Senior’s Program from March 14, 2020 – April 5, 2020.
  • Senior's Transportation services in Longlac will be limited to grocery shopping and medication pickups from the pharmacy and will be limited to one person at a time. To schedule call the Longlac Ward Office at 876-2316.
  • The Medical Transportation services provided by the Municipality to local Seniors will continue to run at this time however, changes to program may be implemented depending on drivers.

Recreation/Community Centres

  • All Municipal Community Centres are closed until further notice.

Public Works

  • All Public Works buildings are closed to public access.  Regular services and operations will continue.

Important Information & Resources Re: COVID-19

Q&A

Why are the closures of the Municipal facilities and programming for three weeks?

Closures of less than 2 weeks have been shown to have minimal impact on disruption of virus transmission in communities.

Are there any current cases of COVID-19 in Greenstone?

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greenstone.

Is there a possibility the closures will be extended?

Currently all programming and services are scheduled to resume on Monday, April 6, 2020.  The situation will be closely monitored and should any changes to this schedule occur will be posted

Friday, March 20, 2020