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Since mid-January 2020, the City of Hawkesbury has been following the evolution of the Covid-19 closely for you with daily updates, relevant links and documents to download.

Last update: April 7, 2020

Community Financial Support related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

To all our community partners, organizations, non-profit agencies and to those who support the most vulnerable in our community, we would like to hear from you as to how the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) may financially assist you in order for you to continue to offer the best support to our community in these trying times.

On March 23, 2020, the Provincial government announced a $200-million investment in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

If you are providing new or enhanced support or service(s) for vulnerable persons in Prescott and Russell with respect to homelessness, shelter, food security, seniors, youth, etc., as a result of COVID-19, we would ask that you submit your request by Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Please send your request to the attention of Alain Lacelle, Housing Services Manager, at . For any questions, call 613-675-4642, ext. 6500.

pdfNotice available here


Outdoor fire restrictions


MUNICIPAL INFORMATION

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 - there is no option for anyone to opt out.

The lives of Hawkesbury's people, especially our community's most vulnerable citizens, is in your hands and will depend on your actions over the coming days and weeks.

It is strongly recommend that you and other members of your household stay home except for essential reasons, such as to:

  • Access health care services;
  • Shop for groceries;
  • Pick-up medication at the pharmacy;
  • Walk pets when required; and
  • Support vulnerable community members with meeting the above needs.

Following instructions from the Government of Ontario, the Town of Hawkesbury maintains the closure of Town Hall, all parks and facilities, the Sports Complex, the fire station, the water plant and the public works building, until further notice.

The following services are suspended until further notice:

  • All activities at Sports Complex (multi room, skating rink, pool and other halls), are cancelled until further notice;
  • Registration & Spring Session suspended until further notice.

However, many municipal services are available online or by phone.

Extraordinary measures were adopted to reduce the financial impact of Covid-19 on Hawkesbury’s citizens:

  • Be it resolved to suspend the penalty fees for property taxes until May 31st, 2020 and;
  • Be it also resolved to delay until May 31st, 2020 the payments for user fees, water and sewer taxes, dog licenses and business licenses.

For any information about property and water taxes, please call 613 632-0106 ext. 2266. You still can make a tax payment, please use one of the following options:

  • Use our secure outer box at main entrance;
  • Through your online banking services (smartphone or computer).
  • At your financial institution.
  • Pre-Authorized debit plan.
  • Postdated cheque.

In order to ensure the safety of the public and that of the municipal employees, the Town of Hawkesbury is canceling the Spring garbage collection (large garbage) scheduled for next May.

Also, the Household hazardous waste collection scheduled for May 2 is also canceled, however the one scheduled on October 3, 2020 being maintained.

Garbage and recycling collections are carried out as usual.


USEFUL RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES

WebConférence: Gestion d'entreprise en temps de crise: https://www.facebook.com/events/218107606213515/?event_time_id=218107612880181

Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC): http://www.prec-cepr.com/en/ 

Hawkesbury and Regiob Chamber of Commerce focus group (on Fridays at noon): https://zoom.us/j/200670297

Signé local - Local with Love - PrescottRussell Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/251422772562996/

Shop. Eat. Enjoy - Intro To Local Businesses About Our Group:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html

Pandemic Preparedness for Business: http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness

Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19: https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19


INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

Eastern Ontario Health Unit: https://eohu.ca/en/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html?utm_campaign=not-applicable&utm_medium=vanity-url&utm_source=canada-ca_coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains: https://www.edc.ca/en/events/webinar/managing-impact-on-global-supply-chains.html

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASES

April 3, 2020

Additional Measures Necessary to Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario

Following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. This measure is necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of the people of Ontario, while ensuring that necessary goods and services remain available.

The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This closure will be in effect for 14 days, with the possibility of an extension as the situation evolves. Teleworking, online commerce and other innovative ways of working remotely are permitted at all times and are strongly encouraged for all businesses. All supply chains necessary for the production of vital food and healthcare supplies are being protected and remain intact.

The updated essential businesses list can be found here.


April 2, 2020

Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19:

Additional Resources will Improve Access to Online and Virtual Supports


April 1, 2020

Failing to correctly identify oneself carries a fine of $750 for failure to comply with an order made under the EMCPA or $1,000 for obstructing any person in exercising a power if a provincial offences officer issues a ticket. In addition, failure to comply with an emergency order could carry punishments of up to one-year imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual, $500,000 for a director of a corporation, or $10,000,000 for a corporation itself if a provincial offences officer charges the individual by issuing a summons.

Public Required to Identify Themselves if Charged with Breaching an Emergency Order During the COVID-19 Outbreak


March 31, 2020

Ontario Extends School and Child Care Closures to Fight Spread of COVID-19:

Province announces second phase of Learn at Home to support continuity of learning

Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19:

All Outdoor Recreational Amenities across Province Now Closed


March 30, 2020

https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/03/statement-from-the-chief-medical-officer-of-health.html

Ontario Stepping Up Measures to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 on Construction Sites


March 29, 2020

Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More Than Five People with Strict Exceptions.

Stronger action required to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Ontario Taking Emergency Measures to Support Long-Term Care Homes During COVID-19:

Funds, resources and flexibility for the sector to support staffing and continue to protect province’s most vulnerable.


March 28, 2020

Ontario Protecting Supply Chains To Support COVID-19 Emergency Response

Province to Buy Urgently Needed Critical Goods and Services and Deploy them to Where They are Needed the Most


March 26, 2020

Ontario Enabling Financial Relief for Businesses:

New financial measure will allow insurance premium payment deferrals for six months.

pdfPreventing Covid-19
in the workplace: advice for employers, employees and essential service workers.


March 25, 2020

For safety reasons, all parks and facilities are CLOSED until further notice.

To help workers and assist businesses to keep employees, the Government has introduced the #COVID19 Canada Emergency Response Benefit http://ow.ly/Ju3450yVwkT

Ontario's Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19:

Premier Ford and Minister Phillips Announce Additional Health Care Resources and Support for People, Jobs and Employers

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659.


March 24, 2020

Ontario Implements Enhanced Measures to Protect the Safety of Residents in Long-Term Care Homes :

Additional protocols help keep province’s most vulnerable safe

Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19 :

New Measures to Further Protect the Health and Safety of the People of Ontario

List of Essential Workplaces


March 23, 2020

Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis:

New Funding Will Support Municipalities, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters and Individuals

Ontario Significantly Enhancing COVID-19 Screening Measures and Supports

Interactive Self-Assessment Tool Now Available to Help Keep People Safe:

https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/03/ontario-significantly-enhancing-covid-19-screening-measures-and-supports.html


March 22, 2020

ORDER by the Medical Officer of Health under Section 22
Health Protection and Promotion Act R.S.O., 1990 Chapter H. 7

From the Eastern Ontario Health Unit;

As part of our expanding social distancing public health measures and to clarify any confusion, I have issued, effective today and until further notice, an order which I have attached for the immediate closure of the following establishments/premises in the EOHU area:

  • All DAYCARE AND OTHER CHILDCARE CENTRES AND SERVICES (LICENCED OR PRIVATE) 
  • All PUBLIC GYMS, FITNESS AND SPORT CENTRES AND SERVICES
  • All CHURCHES, MOSQUES, SYNAGOGUES AND OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP
  • All PERSONAL SERVICES SETTINGS INCLUDING ALL premises at which hairdressing and barbering, tattooing, body piercing, nail services, electrolysis and other aesthetic services are offered

https://eohu.ca/files/resources/eohu-section-22-order-bilingual.pdf

Ontario Takes Extraordinary Steps to Ensure Health Care Resources are Available to Contain COVID-19


March 21, 2020

Ontario Urges Business to Join the Fight Against COVID-19:

New Government Website Removes Barriers for Companies to Provide Essential Goods and Services

pdfCOVID-19_Testing_and_Assessment_Centre_Opening_in_Hawkesbury.pdf

pdfCommunity_Paramedic_Program_Conducting_In-Home_COVID-19_Testing_for_Higher-Risk_Individuals.pdf

Ontario Expands Coverage for Care. Enhanced Health Care Coverage Critical to Support Efforts to Contain COVID-19


March 18, 2020

Ontario Helping Students Learn from the Safety of Their Own Home.

Province Launches First Phase of the Learn at Home Portal.


March 19, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, watch out for associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Fraudsters are exploiting the crisis to facilitate fraud and cyber crime.

Ontario Protecting Critical Front-Line Justice Services in Response to COVID-19

Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products, Services and Health Cards:

New Measures and Regulations Will Reduce In-person Visits to Help Contain Spread of COVID-19


March 18, 2020

Prime Minister Trudeau announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Ontario is Protecting Seniors' Health and Safety


March 17, 2020

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

Significantly Enhanced Measures will Help Contain Spread of COVID-19

Enhanced Measures to Protect Ontarians from COVID-19


March 14, 2020

Government of Canada advises Canadians to avoid non-essential travel abroad


USEFUL DOCUMENTS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD

pdfKNOW THE DIFFERENCE: SELF-MONITORING, SELF-ISOLATION, AND ISOLATION FOR COVID-19

pdfABOUT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)

pdfHOW TO ISOLATE AT HOME WHEN YOU HAVE COVID-19

pdfRECOMMENDATIONS TO VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

pdfREDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. WASH YOUR HANDS.

pdfA PAN-CANADIAN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

pdfPREVENTING COVID-19
IN THE WORKPLACE: ADVICE FOR EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND ESSENTIAL SERVICE WORKERS

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