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COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation evolves, protecting the health and safety of our residents, businesses, and staff is our top priority.  Our Municipal Emergency Control Group has been meeting to make decisions on factors that impact operations and resident services. It is important to know that The Town of Prescott has emergency plans and processes in place to monitor and address emerging issues like this one.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a disruption of services at Town facilities until April 30th, 2020. 

  • All essential services are still in place and operating without change in the Town of Prescott, including but not limited to water and wastewater management, emergency services, and garbage and recycling collection.
  • Town Hall is closed to the public.  Town Hall remains operational to provide essential services and assistance to residents.  Services to the public will continue by phone and electronic means.  Please call 613-925-2812, ext. 6200 or email admin@prescott.ca for assistance.
  • Council, Committee of the Whole, and Committees of Council will only meet to deal with legislative, regulatory and/or time sensitive issues.
  • The Prescott Fire Department will continue operating under their standard operating procedures.
  • All Town recreational programming, events, and facility rentals have ceased until April 30, 2020, as gatherings can accelerate the spread of the virus. These measurers will be continually reviewed.

The province has enacted a declaration of emergency to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public. As a result, the following establishments have been required to close: bars and restaurants (except those offering take-out and delivery), indoor recreational programs, public libraries, private schools, licensed childcare centres, movie cinemas, theatres, and concert venues. These mandated closures will remain in place until April 13, 2020 when the province will reassess the need for an extension or end the closures.  The Town of Prescott also declared a local state of emergency on March 23, 2020. 

If you are experiencing any symptoms, please make use of the Ontario Self-Assessment Tool, telephone 1-866-797-0000, or contact your local public health unit.

As this is an evolving situation, we continue to remind people of the importance of using credible sources to stay informed, and encourage others to do the same. In order to keep up to date with official information, please refer to the following sources:

Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Pubic Health Ontario:  https://www.publichealthontario.ca

Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health:  https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

 Town of Prescott COVID-19 Media Releases

March 13, 2020

March 16, 2020

March 18, 2020

March 23, 2020

 COVID-19 Public Health Resources 

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit: Coronavirus

Province of Ontario: Coronavirus  

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

Social Distancing

Advice to Travellers

How to Self-Isolate

Children's Mental Health of Leeds & Grenville

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

If you become ill, please complete the self-assessment tool on the Ministry of Health‚Äôs website before calling or contact the LGL Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853 extension 2499. If you are having severe difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Before visiting any health care provider, call ahead and advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

COVID-19 Related Closures and Impacts in Prescott

Updates on Municipal closures will be listed here in reverse chronological order, with most recent closures appearing first. 

March 31 All Outdoor Recreational Amenities Across Province New Closed

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people home, the Government of Ontario has extended closures under the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures to April 13, 2020.

In response to the Province of Ontario’s order issued March 30 at 6:00 p.m. under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, all Town of Prescott outdoor recreation amenities are closed, effective immediately.

Outdoor recreational amenities means the following:
1. All outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment.

2. All outdoor sports facilities, including,

i. Baseball diamonds

ii. Soccer fields

iii. Tennis courts

iv. Skate parks

3. All off-leash dog areas. 

4. All outdoor community gardens. 

5. All outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas.

(2) Outdoor recreational amenities that are intended for use by more than one family are closed, regardless of whether they are publicly or privately owned and regardless of whether they are attached to a park system.

(3) No person shall enter or use an outdoor recreational amenity described in subsection.
(2) except for maintenance, safety, law enforcement or other similar purpose.

(4) For greater certainty, nothing in this Order precludes individuals from walking through or using portions of park and recreational areas that are not otherwise closed and that do not contain an outdoor recreational amenity described in subsection (2).

 

In Town of Prescott, the following municipal recreational spaces will be closed to the public: 

  • Municipal boat launch
  • All outdoor municipal sports fields & turf areas
  • Picnic areas and benches in municipal parks and green spaces
  • Kiwanis Skate Park
  • Prescott Tennis Club
  • Kelly‚Äôs Beach
  • Community gardens
  • Park shelters including Kinsmen Amphitheatre and Rotary Pavilion
  • Prescott Scuba Park

Staff will be installing signs at each facility to remind the public. At this time, Town of Prescott green spaces and open spaces remain available for walkthrough and public use provided users are doing so in accordance with advised social and physical distances measures, and are in groups of 5 or less from within the same household. The COVID-19 virus can survive outdoors in the current weather conditions. As weather conditions change, the Town of Prescott will consult with Public Health respecting the effect on the virus on outdoor facilities. Town staff will continue to take advice and direction from Public Health Officials, and take appropriate measures as necessary.

 

March 28 - Province of Ontario has prohibited gatherings of 5 or more people. This does not apply to households with 5+ people, however it does apply to organized social events such as yard sales, weddings, parades, social gathering and communal services within places of worship. Funerals may have a limit of 10 guests. Day cares providing services to frontline workers are exempt. More information on this can be found here: bit.ly/OntarioProhibitsGatherings5orMore

 

March 27 - Assessment Centre for residents of Leeds & Grenville opens in Brockville, open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, including weekends. Anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 is encouraged to go to the Ministry of Health‚Äôs website and complete a self-assessment online. Appointments at the Assessment Centre can be made by referral only. Referrals can be sent by your primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner, or clinic) or, if you do not have a provider, by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. If you have questions, please contact your health care provider or the Health Unit and they will direct you through the next steps. 


March 25 - A total open-air burn ban has been placed across the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville at 11:59 p.m. until further notice. 

The ban applies to all open-air fires including agricultural burns, brush piles, burn barrels, campfires, chimeneas, cooking fires, consumer fireworks, incinerators and other types of outdoor burning, but does not include cooking appliances with a mechanical shutoff, i.e. propane or natural gas cooking equipment. Due to the concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the need for social distancing and to assist in the health, safety and well-being of our firefighters an open-air burn ban has been placed as a precautionary measure to avoid any additional strain on fire services at this time.

 

March 24 - All playgrounds and play equipment in municipal parks to close for the foreseeable future, to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Over the past several days, officials at the Town of Prescott have been engaged in extensive conversation and consultation on disinfecting procedures, and other measures the municipality can undertake to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The safety and well-being of Town of Prescott community members remains our top priority. As a result, all municipally-owned Playground Structures are closed indefinitely, to be reviewed on April 5, 2020 amongst other precautionary closures. Signage will be installed at each park playground structure to indicate the closure. Residents are encouraged to get exercise and outdoors where possible, while still respecting social distancing practices. The COVID-19 virus can survive outdoors in the current weather conditions. Members of the community are reminded to be diligent in their hygiene and social distance practices.The Town of Prescott will continue to engage and work alongside Leeds-Grenville-Lanark Public Health Unit officials to take appropriate measures as necessary. 


Province of Ontario mandates the closure of all non-essential businesses at 11:59 p.m. for a minimum of 14 days.
More information on this can be found here: bit.ly/OntarioEssentialBusinesses 

March 23 - Town of Prescott declared a municipal State of Emergency. This allows the municipality greater measures in responding, but does not force closure of businesses in Prescott (unless mandated by higher levels of government) or impose a curfew on residents. 

LGL Health Unit offices to be closed to the walk-in public, effectice immediately. Essential services continuing are listed here: https://healthunit.org/service-changes/

 
March 20 - Town Hall is now closed to the public. municipal payments for invoices, fines, or taxes can be mailed (cheque or money order) to
P.O. Box 160, Prescott, ON, K0E 1T0. You may also telephone with credit card payments (613) 925-2812 ext. 6200. 


March 18 - Council, Committee of the Whole, and Committees of Council will only meet to deal with legislative, regulatory and/or time sensitive
issues. Facility closures and other precautionary measures to be reviewed on April 5, 2020. 

March 17  - CPHC adult day care program at the Prescott Health Centre discontinues. Other CPHC services remain in place to serve the region. 


March 16 - Town Hall remains operational and open, by appointment only, to assist residents. Please telephone for an appointment, (613) 925-2812
ext. 6200 or email admin@prescott.ca.


March 13 - Effective immediately, all Town recreational programming and facility rentals will cease for the immediate future, including Walker House Adult Recreational Centre, and Prescott Public Library. CPHC adult day care program at the Prescott Health Centre continues. 

COVID-19 Business & Employee Information/Supports

Covid-19 Business & Employee Assistance/Resources

The Town of Prescott Economic Development Department is tracking and providing information related to COVID-19 business and employee supports, as this situation evolves.  Please see below for resources available to assist businesses and employees during this pandemic.

‚ÄúSmall business is at the very heart of communities like Prescott, so please know that we stand with you during this challenging time,‚ÄĚ says Mayor Brett Todd. ‚ÄúThe Town of Prescott is continuing operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. We stand ready to assist business however we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any concerns or questions, so we can best help you weather this storm together.‚ÄĚ

Government Supports Available

Government of Canada Support for Businesses

Government of Canada Support for Individuals & Self Employed

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID 19

The action plan will provide $17 billion in additional resources for the health care system and will provide direct support for people, and jobs.

Factsheet - Provincial and Federal Government COVID-19 Supports for Businesses, Individuals and the Self Employed

WSIB Business Financial Relief

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

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Report Price Gouging Related to COVID-19

Leeds-Grenville County Business Supports Resource Page

Business Closure Updates

Mar 23, 2020 Ontario Orders the Mandatory Closure of All Non-Essential Workplaces to Fight Spread of COVID-19

List of Essential Businesses Permitted to Remain Open

Alcohol and Gaming Commission - Liquor Licenses sell liquor for takeout or delivery along with food - March 26, 2020

Mar 17, 2020 Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

For local business closures & ongoing COVID-19 business updates, monitor the official Town of Prescott and Prescott BIA social media pages.

General Business Resources

Public Safety Guide - For Business Posting - Public Health Unit 

Cleaning Public Spaces Factsheet - Public Health Ontario

Preventing COVID-19 in the Workplace Factsheet - Government of Canada

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Pandemic Preparedness Guide for Business

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Export Development Canada

FIB - Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

BDC - Business Development Bank of Canada

RTO 9 - South Eastern Ontario

TIAO - Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

OBIAA - Ontario Business Improvement Area Association

Business Supports Needed to Combat COVID-19

Are you a business that can supply products and services in support of the response to COVID-19?  The Ontario and Canada Governments are seeking help from businesses and organizations who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support our response to COVID-19.

Canada wants to hear from you. Find out more here.

Ontario wants to hear from you. Find out more here.

General Resources and News Updates

Government of Ontario COVID-19 Resources/News

Government of Canada COVID-19 Resources/News

Don't hesitate to reach out to Prescott's Economic Development Department for assistance in navigating the various business resources available via email at dvalentyne@prescott.ca or phone at 613-925-2812 Ext 6221.

Message from the OPP regarding COVID-19

OPP members continue to respond to all urgent and non‚Äďurgent calls for service. 

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

For all other police matters, please call 1-888-310-1122 or the Grenville County Detachment at 613-925-4221 (Prescott) or 613-258-3441 (Kemptville). 

For less serious incidents, report online by visiting www.opp.ca/reporting

You can use the online reporting system for: 

  • Lost/missing property under $5000
  • Stolen license plates or validation stickers
  • Theft from a vehicle under $5000
  • Mischief to a vehicle under 45000
  • Mischief under $5000
  • Theft under $5000
  • Driving Complaints 

 

Please DO NOT use the system for: 

  • If the occurrence is an emergency
  • Occurrences outside of OPP jurisdiction
  • If there are any identifiable suspects
  • If anyone was injured
  • If the occurrence involves a weapon
  • In the occurrence involves and damage to a motor vehicle due to an actual, or apparent collision, including fail to remain collisions
  • If the occurrence involves a break and enter
  • If the total value of the property or damage exceeds $5000
  • If the occurrence involves drugs or gambling
  • If the occurrence involves a passport
  • If the occurrence involves a lost or missing license plate, validation sticker or disabled parking permit 

 

The OPP has a responsibility to enforce laws enacted under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA). This includes ensuring that specific business and facilities remain closed and that there are no organized public events which include 50 or more people. 

Questions regarding self-isolation or quarantines should be directed to Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit or to the Public health Agency of Canada. 

 

 

 

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