COVID-19

The Township of Adelaide Metcalfe takes health of residents and visitors very seriously and is carefully monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 virus.  We will contiue to act with the best interests of our residents and it is crucial that we mitigate the risk to the community.

Please be advised that the Township Municipal Office is OPEN to the public.  One person in the office lobby at a time, by appointment is preferred, and face masks must be worn..  A COVID-19 self-assessment pre-screening is required upon entering the municipal office.  For residents inquiring about Planning Services, please contact Planner Erin Besch at 519-434-7321 Ext. 2352.

This page will be updated on a regular basis as more information becomes available.

EMERGENCY DECLARATION

Following the lead of the Province of Ontario and the County of Middlesex, the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe has made the decision to Declare an Emergency effective March 17th, 2020 at 2:14 pm in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The rationale to this undertaking is as follows:

  1. Under a Declared Emergency, registered volunteers are covered under WSIB, this includes our local CERV, Salvation Army & Victim Services of Middlesex-London.
  2. Under a Declared Emergency, staff and elected officials are protected from personal liability from decisions made during or as a result of the emergency.
  3. A Declared Emergency status may position the Township in a more favourable light if any funds become available from the Province & Federal governments post-emergency.

Set Fines for Offences under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

MANDATORY FACE MASKS BY-LAW

The Township of Adelaide Metcalfe remains committed to ensuring the health and safety of all residents by implementing preventative measures and public health best practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 community spread.

The Township of Adelaide Metcalfe is actively monitoring the situation. The Township is following direction from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, which is making decisions based on the provincial and federal response.

At the August 4, 2020 Council meeting, Council passed By-law # 47 of 2020 (A BY-LAW TO IMPOSE TEMPORARY REGULATIONS REQUIRING THE WEARING OF MASKS OR OTHER FACE COVERINGS WITHIN ENCLOSED PUBLIC SPACES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF ADELAIDE METCALFE). 

Effective immediately, wearing a face covering will be required in public indoor spaces in the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe under the Mandatory Face Coverings By-law .The new by-law requires a face covering be worn in all enclosed public spaces in the Township, including all Township of Adelaide Metcalfe facilities.  Please note children 12 years or younger are not required to wear a face covering.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. The infection spreads from close contact (less than 6 ft) with someone with COVID-19 through their respiratory droplets or touching our face with virus contaminated hands. Respiratory droplets can include coughing, sneezing, talking or even normal breathing.

What’s more, people may unknowingly pass the infection to others because they do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) or have not yet to develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic). The highest risk for infection is with prolonged unprotected close contact.

Let’s take care of each other

As the Township of Adelaide Metcalfe has moved into Stage 3 of reopening, more people are gathering, returning to work, and moving around the Township. Naturally, more people in public at any given time will make physical distancing (remaining 6 ft apart from others at all times) more challenging, and in some cases impossible.

Wearing face coverings indoors helps us keep our respiratory droplets to ourselves to prevent spreading germs to others. There is evidence that cloth masks can reduce the spread of respiratory droplets into the air and landing on surfaces. Visit https://www.healthunit.com/face-masks for more information. 

Inquiries & Reporting

Issues and inquiries concerning COVID-19 related matters may be directed to the Communication Centre For Covid-19 concerns at 1-888-310-1122.  Residents are encouraged to contact the OPP Communication Centre in the event of a concern with compliance for the COVID-19 restrictions.   Click here for more informationClick here for more information.   

You can also contact Middlesex-London Health Unit to report concerns about:

  • Non-essential businesses that are not CLOSED
  • Activities taking place at Closed outdoor structures including playgrounds, multi-use courts and skate parks
  • Residents that are gathering in large groups
  • Individuals who are not following Federal quarantine orders 

If you have concerns about Covid-19 order violations in Middlesex County, please call the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122.  If in Strathroy, you can also call the Strathroy Police at 519-245-1250.

Cancellations & Closures

  • The Municipal Office has reopened to the public, one person in the office at a time.  Scheduled appointments are preferred.
  • Parks & Recreation amenities are open, please practice social distance measures in all our our public areas.
  • Service Ontario is open, but business hours and services may vary for the near future.  We encourage residents to use Service Ontario online services if possible.
  • ALL County of Middlesex Library branches are open limited hours for curbside pick up & computer appointments or temporarily closed. 
  • Property Tax Registration process is suspended until June 30, 2020
  • School Road Landfill & Kellam Road Landfill - Kellam Road Landfill is permanently CLOSED effective December 31, 2019. 
  • The School Road Landfill is open on the second and last Saturday of each month beginning June 2020.  For the months December, January and February, the landfill will be open the second Saturday only.  Hours of operation will be 8AM to 4PM.

Due to Covid-19 there are rules that everyone must follow:

- A maximum of three (3) vehicles will be permitted to unload at any given time.

- Residents are asked to stay inside their vehicles until it is their turn to unload.

- Please respect physical distancing with Landfill staff and others accessing the Landfill site

- Residents may experience delays in entering the Landfill site due to the current Covid-19 restrictions

 

  • Wheelie Bin Program - The new waste collection program scheduled to begin September 1, 2020 for weekly pickup.  Go to https://www.bra.org/my-services/adelaide-metcalfe-township/ for more information
  • Waste & Garbage Collection (provided by Bluewater Recycling Association) is proceeding as usual.  Garbage Bag Tags are no longer required.  Any unused tags can be refunded at the Municipal Office only.  BRA has provided some guidelines for waste disposal during the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage.  Wash your hands afterwards.
    • Bag all waste. Do not place waste lossly in garbage containers.
    • If you're sick: place ANY item that has come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage - even items that you normally place into your recycling bin (eg. water/beverage bottles, pop cans, etc.)

Bluewater Recycling Association would like to remind residents to not take advantage of the "No Bag Tag" and follow the limitations as outlined on their website.  Click here for further information.

Ausuable Bayfield Conservation Authority & St. Clair Region Conservation Authority - Conservation Areas and Trails (CLOSED)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) and St. Clair Conservation Authority (SCRCA) Conservation Areas and trails closed to all public

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) Notice of Closure (March 31, 2020)

St. Clair Conservation Authority

The closure complies with the March 30, 2020 provincial declaration to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians by closing all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities.

Barriers and signs are at property entrances. Even if a barrier is not in place, the property is closed. Information is also on the ABCA website at www.abca.ca and SCRCA www.scrca.on.ca

The closures affects all conservation areas.

To find out more visit abca.ca. or www.scrca.on.ca

Council Meetings

  • Adelaide Metcalfe Council will be meeting remotely via video conference for the April 6th, 2020 Meeting of Council.  The council meeting will be streamed live to our Adelaide Metcalfe Youtube Channel.  For a full list of regular scheduled Council meetings, please click here.

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