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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.

The Town of Prescott  declared a local state of emergency on March 23, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a possible impact on Town of Prescott services and facilities. 

  • 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.
  • The Municipal Building re-opened to the public on July 21, 2020.  Services to the public by phone and electronic means is still encouraged.  Please call 613-925-2812, ext. 6200 or email admin@prescott.ca for assistance.
  • Council, Committee of the Whole, and Committees of Council continue to meet virtually 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 and events have ceased, as gatherings can accelerate the spread of the virus. These measures will be continually reviewed.
  • Facility rentals will be permitted outdoors only, at the Kinsmen Amphitheatre. Indoor municipal facilities are not available for public rental at this time. 

 Face Coverings Required

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/

Canada Border Services Agency: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html 

 Town of Prescott COVID-19 Media Releases

September 18, 2020

July 20, 2020

June 26, 2020

June 19, 2020

June 12, 2020

June 5, 2020

May 20, 2020

May 15, 2020

May 8, 2020

April 16, 2020

March 23, 2020

March 18, 2020

March 16, 2020

March 13, 2020

 

 COVID-19 Public Health Resources & Testing Information

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit: Coronavirus

Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health 

Province of Ontario: Coronavirus  

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings

Public Health Guidance for Businesses in Leeds, Grenville & Lanark

Social Distancing

Advice to Travellers

How to Self-Isolate

Children's Mental Health of Leeds & Grenville

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

 

COVID-19 testing is recommended for:

  1. All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, provided that symptom is not from an existing condition (ie: allergies). Please see the list of symptoms on the assessment tool.
  2. People who have been informed that they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive to COVID-19. You will be alerted that you are a close contact by Public Health or through the COVID Alert App.
  3. Those following Public Health or Ministry of Health and Long Term Care guidance for targeted testing.  This includes people in high-risk settings such as workers, residents and visitors to Long Term Care homes, homeless shelters or other vulnerable congregate living settings.

    *As of September 24, 2020 asymptomatic people who do not meet the above criteria should not be tested. 
    See the new guidelines here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/statement/58507/ontario-updates-covid-19-testing-guidelines

By not going to the assessment centre, people who do not meet one of these criteria can provide space for symptomatic children and school staff, and others to be tested.

 

How to get tested?

The Ministry of Health has a listing all of the assessment centres on their website for people to find assessment centres in any area. You do not need your Health Card to get tested but you need to use it for reference if you want to get your results online.

Hours may change for statutory holidays.

  • Brockville: Beginning October 5, 2020, self-present for appointment on the day you wish to be tested. Brockville Memorial Centre (100 Magedoma Avenue). Open Monday to Friday 10:00am–5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am–2:30pm.
  • Smiths Falls: By appointment only. Open Monday to Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm. Anyone can book their own appointment by calling 613-283-2330 extension 1401 to schedule an appointment.
  • Almonte: By appointment only. Anyone can book their own appointment by calling 613-325-1208 from Monday to Sunday from 9:00am–12:00pm. Testing is done Monday to Sunday from 10:00am–3:00pm.
  • Kemptville: Beginning October 5, 2020, self-present for appointment on the day you wish to be tested. Located at Bell Hall on Kemptville Campus (830 Prescott Street) Open Monday to Friday 9:00am–5:00pmPlease enter the campus from College Road (off Prescott Street/County Road 44). For information ONLY, you can call 613-258-6133, ext. 239 or visit https://ngcac.ca/.
  • Pop-up and Mobile Testing: Check back frequently (top of this page) and stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook accounts for information on location and hours of these mobile test sites. *Note – pop-up test centres cannot test children under 2 years old.
  • Pharmacy Testing: Some pharmacies in surrounding areas are now offering COVID-19 testing by appointment for people WITHOUT symptoms. This would include those following Public Health or Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care guidance for targeted testing such as visitors to Long-Term Care homes. Please be sure to wear a mask and follow all COVID-Smart measures. Check here for the list of participating pharmacies and further guidance.
  • Assessment Centres are currently dealing with large volumes of calls. You may not receive a call back the same day. If you do not get a call back the following day – please try again. Work is underway to expand testing.

 

Fore more information on testing, waiting for results, and getting your test results please visit https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/assessment-testing-results/

 

Remembrance Day
The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit suggests you consider alternatives to attending a Remembrance Day event in person, particularly if you have health problems.
  • Watch a live stream Remembrance Day event on TV with your household;
  • Write a message to a veteran you know;
  • Donate to your local Legion;

If you are planning on attending an event in person make sure they are following public health precautions to reduce risk, including that the event is outside with lots of space, people are spaced safely apart to avoid close contact with others, everyone is wearing a properly fitting face covering/mask, and contact with common surfaces or handling common objects is avoided.


Cenotaph Ceremony

Due to COVID-19 and gathering restrictions, the ceremony at the cenotaph at Fort Wellington will not be open to the general public to attend.
To help residents observe Remembrance Day, Town of Prescott will be live streaming the Royal Canadian Legion - Fort Wellington 
Branch 97 ceremony from the "Prescott, Ontario (Official)" Facebook page. There is no public hot meal at the Legion following the ceremony.

COVID Alert App

With the COVID Alert app, users get a phone alert if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and can let others know if they’ve tested positive, without sharing any personal information. The app is:

  • free
  • easy to use
  • private and secure
  • made in Ontario
  • another tool to help protect yourself and your community


Province of Ontario is now asking the private sector to help spread the word about COVID Alert. Use these social media sharables, fact sheets, posters and more to help promote the app. Click here to download the bundle of promotional materials. 

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. July

Oct. 19 - Province of Ontario issued public health advice regarding Halloween. To have a safe and happy Halloween, Ontarians should follow some simple steps:

  • Avoid gatherings with people outside of your household;
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill, even if you have mild symptoms, or if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19;
  • If you live outside the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions (Ottawa, Peel, Toronto, York Region) and are going to go out to trick or treat:
    • Only go out with members of your household;
    • Only trick or treat outside;
    • Both trick or treaters and people handing out candy should wear a face covering. A costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering and should not be worn over a face covering as it may make it difficult to breathe;
    • Do not congregate or linger at doorsteps and remember to line up two metres apart if waiting. Avoid high-touch surfaces and objects;
    • Whether collecting or handing out treats, wash your hands often and thoroughly, or use hand sanitizer; and
    • Do not leave treats in a bucket or bowl for children to grab and consider using tongs or other similar tools to hand out treats.

Oct. 7 - Prescott Fire Department has announced that 2020 Light Up The Night Christmas Parade will be cancelled. 


Sept. 19 - Province of Ontario Announces Changes to Gathering Limits

Due to the recent increase in cases and to ensure continued health and safety, there is a new limit on the number of people allowed to attend unmonitored social gatherings and organized public events across Ontario. As of September 19, 2020 the new gathering limits are:
• indoor events or gatherings: 10 people (previous limit of 50)
• outdoor events or gatherings: 25 people (previous limit of 100)
Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together.
This applies to social gatherings in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. This includes: functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbecues, wedding receptions. The new limits do not apply to events or gatherings in staffed businesses and facilities because they must already follow specific public health and safety guidelines to minimize risk and limit the spread of COVID-19. They include: bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, recreational sporting or performing art events, religious services, rites or ceremonies. https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario-stages#gathering-changes 

July 24 - Kinsmen Amphitheatre is now open for facility rental requests; Sandra A. Lawn Harbour & Marina accepting transient boaters. 


July 20 - Updates to Open/Closed Status of Municipal Assets


June 12 - Updates to Open/Closed Status of Municipal Assets


May 22 - Updates to Open/Closed Status of Outdoor Municipal Assets


May 19 - Prescott Public Library opens for curb side pick-up and drop off of library materials, at west entrance of Municipal Building  


May 8 - 8:00 a.m. the total open-air burn ban across Leeds & Greville, including Town of Prescott, is lifted. 

All open-air burning rules will be strictly enforced with ZERO tolerance for violations of the Town of Prescott Open-Air Burning By-Law 11-2008. Only small contained fires that are used for the purpose of cooking/recreational enjoyment, that meet all by-law regulations and are always supervised shall be permitted. Although the burn ban has been lifted, residents MUST continue to follow all federal and provincial COVID-19 orders which include physical distancing and no gatherings of more than 5 people. 

2:00 p.m. municipal boat launch set to open. Signage in place to remind users to maintain physical distancing requirements. 


April 27  - the Province of Ontario has released a framework for reopening the province in three stage approach. The timing of the stages are not yet determined and are dependant on factors such as the decline of cases over a two week span and the ability to implement protective measures. The plan outlines that outdoors spaces such as parks will be part of the first stage of eased restrictions. Read More about the Framework


April 15 - all Town of Prescott municipal closures and impacts due to COVID-19 have been extended to May 12, 2020. 


April 8 - all municipal & in-kind supported events and initiatives cancelled until May 31. Large public events including Community Pool Party & A Taste of Prescott will not take place in June. 


April 5 - all Town of Prescott municipal closures and impacts due to COVID-19 have been extended to April 30, 2020. 


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.

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’s 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’s 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, effective 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 Information/Supports for Businesses, Individuals & the Self Employed

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.

“Small business is at the very heart of communities like Prescott, so please know that we stand with you during this challenging time,” says Mayor Brett Todd. “The 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.”

Key Business Updates

Stage 3 Reopening Business Details

Face Masks Now Mandatory Inside Public Spaces

Effective July 7, at 12:01am. Health units announced a regional approach to mandatory masks. In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, this Instruction will require businesses to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are worn inside enclosed public spaces. This is an added measure to the existing public health measures in place, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Face Mask Required Poster for Business Posting

Mandatory Face Mask Instructions for Business Operators

Guidelines on Wearing/Disposing of Face Masks

Frequently Asked Questions about Face coverings/masks

Business/Non-Profit Organization Supports Available

Government of Canada Support for Businesses & Organizations

Province of Ontario Support for Businesses

Online COVID-19 Benefits Finder Tool for Businesses & Individuals

     Business Funding

     Futurpreneur Canada
     Financing and mentoring to aspiring business owners aged 18-39 to launch successful businesses across Canada.  Up to $60,000 in financing (in         partnership with the BDC), an expert business mentor for up to two years, and resources to help you plan, manage and grow your business.

     Canada United Small Business Relief Fund - Extended!
     The new application window will be open on Monday, October 26, 2020.  Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000.
     The relief grant can be used for any of the following eligible expenses:

    • Purchased Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, and latex gloves.
    • Renovated physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines.
    • Developed or improved e-commerce capabilities for your business.

     Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund (TEDRF)
     Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries TEDRF application based, cost-sharing program to provide non-capital funding
     to innovative new tourism products, support tourism investment or build capacity of Ontario’s tourism industry.  Program is open to Tourism
     Businesses and Not-for-Profit Organizations (with clearly defined tourism focus)

     Energy Assistance Program - Small Business (CEAP-SB)
     Provides one-time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills.  Up to             $850 in support towards electricity bill if you are a primarily using electricity for heating, or up to $425 otherwise. Could also be eligible for up to         $425 towards natural gas bill

     Rebuild Reopen Revive Initiative
     FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, RE3 provides non-repayable, performance-based                       contributions of up to $5,000 to Ontario-based Women-led small and medium sized enterprises.

     Resilient Communities Fund
     A one-time fund to support the community-based or provincial non-profit sector delivering services and programs in Ontario looking ahead to             recovery planning with the aim to rebuilding capacity.  Grant requests can range from $5,000 to $150,000.

     Emergency Community Support Fund
     We are investing $350 million to help community organizations serve vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis. On October 5, 2020, the
     second round of the Emergency Community Support Fund will be available to organizations. Three national partners will distribute the funds to
     community organizations that deliver essential services to those in need.

     Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) 

     - New eligibility criteria announced May 19th: The program will now be available to a greater number of businesses that are sole proprietors               receiving income directly from their businesses, businesses that rely on contractors, and family-owned corporations that pay employees through         dividends rather than payroll.
     - Business Loan Program up to $40,000

     Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRA) 
     - Rent Relief for Commercial Landlords/Tenants

     Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (for Small-Medium Business)
 
    
- Loan Program for Tourism and Small-Medium Businesses that are unable to access other federal COVID-19 relief measures.

     Business Credit Availability Program 
     - Business Loans & Co-Lending Programs

     Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) 
     - Employee Wage Subsidies up to 75%

          Wage Subsidy Application Guide

     Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

     - Provides bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers, with annual revenues generally in the order of $300 million or higher.

     Work Sharing Program

     - Provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporary reduced work week while

     their employer recovers

     Local Food Infrastructure Fund

     The Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) is a five-year, $50 million initiative ending March 31, 2024. The program is part of the Government of

     Canada’s Food Policy which is Canada’s roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. The LFIF objective is to strengthen

     food systems and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.

     Emergency Food Processing Fund

     The Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) is a one-time, federal investment of up to $77.5 million to help companies implement changes to safeguard

     the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

     Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program - Producers

     OMAFRA is partnering with the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) to provide agri-food businesses, organizations and associations

     with educational resources, tools and consulting services to help them meet COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

     Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program - Provincially Licensed Meat Processors

     OMAFRA is partnering with the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) to provide agri-food businesses, organizations and associations

     with educational resources, tools and consulting services to help them meet COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

     Digital Main Street - Digital Transformation Business Grant

     Digital Main Street - Future Proof Program for Businesses

    Town of Prescott 2020 COVID-19 Grant Program for Non-profit Organizations

     WSIB Business Financial Relief

     Farm Credit Canada COVID-19 Support Program

     Prescott Proud Dollars - Shop Local Rewards Program - Summer 2020

     Town of Prescott Small Business Grant Program - Apply by July 31st, 2020!

     A new Small Business Grant program has been created to provide funding to small businesses located in Prescott, that have been required to             make permanent business upgrades to meet public health & safety requirements, due to the COVID‐19 pandemic. As part of the Small Business         Grant program, the Town will offer grants of up to $350 in matching funding to individual businesses, to help cover costs associated with health &
     safety requirement upgrades.

Supports for Individuals/Self-Employed

Government of Canada Funding Support for Individuals & Self Employed

Province of Ontario Support for Individuals & Self Employed

CERB- Canada Emergency Response Benefit - Application Link 
- Income Supports for Individuals and Self-Employed Impacted by COVID 19

CERB FAQ's

 

Business Closure Updates

List of Essential Businesses Permitted to Open

Ontario Expands Indoor Capacity for Meeting and Event Facilities

Ontario Supporting the Safe Reopening of More Spaces at Gyms and Recreation Centres

Province of Ontario Approves Most Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3 - Starting July 17th

Ontario Pauses Commercial Evictions - June 17th

Ontario Permits Additional Businesses to Reopen - June 8th

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:

  • Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
  • Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
  • Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
  • Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
  • Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
  • Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
  • Camping at private campgrounds;
  • Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
  • Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
  • Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
  • Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.

AGCO Liquor sales licensees may extend their patios for the duration of 2020

Regulated Health-Care Providers Approved to Reopen - May 26th

Ontario is allowing over two dozen health-care providers, including chiropractors, dentists and massage therapists, to return to work immediately once health and safety guidelines are in place.  Health regulatory colleges are now in the process of developing guidance to ensure high-quality and safe clinical care that must be met before services can resume.  Providers should follow up with their regulatory college to obtain further direction/reopening requirements.

Ministry of Health Directive 2 for Health Care Providers

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/directives/RHPA_professionals.pdf

List of Regulated Health-Care Providers

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/hhrsd/about/regulated_professions.aspx

Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19 - May 16th

  • Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases, operating under the same guidelines as grocery stores and pharmacies.
  • Saturday, May 9 @ 12:01 a.m., Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases
  • Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery, in accordance with the Ministry of Health's Guidance Document for Essential Workplaces and occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Essential construction has also been extended to allow below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue.

Ontario Announces Additional Workplaces that Can Reopen - May 14th

Ontario Permits Certain Businesses to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines - Effective Monday, May 4th, 2020 @ 12:01am

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

Parks Canada suspends camping, group activities and events at all national parks, historic sites and canals until May 31, 2020

Business Resources & Supports

Business Supports

Prescott Proud Dollars - Shop Local Rewards Program - Summer 2020

Business Reopening Resources

Ontario Sector Specific Guidelines to Assist Businesses with Reopening

Health Unit COVID 19 Business Guidance

COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan Guide for Businesses

Leeds Grenville PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Business Suppliers

Ontario PPE Business Supplier Directory

Ontario Framework for Reopening the Province

     Stage 3 Reopening Details

     Framework for Reopening - Stage 2

     Detailed List of Stage 2 Openings

     Framework for Reopening - Stage 1

     Detailed List of Stage 1 Openings

Business Posters & Fact Sheets

Reopening Safely Checklist for Public Posting

Business Hour Changes for Public Posting

Health Unit - Protect Yourself & Those Around You Poster (for public posting)

Health Unit - Safe Grocery Shopping Poster (for public posting)

Health Unit - Safe Shopping Regular Poster (for public posting)

Sector Specific Guidance from Health and Safety Associations

Business Reopening Tip Sheets - CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety)

Posters for Employers/Employees - Ontario Government

Public Health Reopening Guidance for Businesses

Health Unit Checklist for Food Premises Operating Patios

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

Laundry Guide for Businesses

Cleaning and Disinfecting Commonly Touched Surfaces

Cleaning and Disinfection Public Bathrooms

Who to call if you have a concern or complaint see the COVID-19 Response Chart

Business Marketing Resources

ShopHERE - Free Business E-Commerce Site - provides independent small businesses and artists with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away.

Postmedia Supports Marketing Grant Program

Grants ranging from $500-$15,000 per month per business are available for the months of June, July and August 2020.

Businesses can apply for the full marketing grant program or matching grant program.

Local Postmedia publications include: The Recorder and Times/Brockville This Week/Prescott This Week/Backpack Magazine

Additional Links/Resources

Leeds-Grenville County - Business Supports Resource Page

Business Workshops/Webinar Calendar - Leeds-Grenville County Economic Development

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit Resources

SLCEDC - St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission

     SLCEDC - St. Lawrence Corridor Economic Development Commission - Business Supports

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Grenville CFDC (Community Futures Development Corporation)

CSE Consulting - Prescott

LG/Ontario Approved Professionals

LGSBEC – Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre

EEC – Employment & Education Centre

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Pandemic Preparedness Guide for Business

Canadian Business Resilience Network - COVID 19 Resources for Businesses

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

CFIB - Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

RCC - Retail Council of Canada

BDC - Business Development Bank of Canada

RTO 9 - South Eastern Ontario

TIAO - Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

OBIAA - Ontario Business Improvement Area Association

National Research Council (NRC) COVID 19 Programs

Export Development Canada

Restaurants Canada

Prescott Business Opening/Closure Updates

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

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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

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

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.

Social Services Relief Fund - Program Now Available

Protecting the health and well-being of our residents of Leeds and Grenville is a priority for the Community and Social Services Division of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

The Provincial government has announced a new Social Services Relief Fund (SSRF) in response to the COVID-19 crisis, which is a shared initiative between the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

In Leeds & Grenville, funding is available for SSRF services and programs. For those that are not associated with a community agency, please contact the Employment and Education Centre: (613) 498-2111 ext. 234 (Martin) or visit www.eecentre.com.  

SSRF funds can be accessed for assistance with utilities, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, rent, food, and travel costs. SSRF is a one-time financial assistance available for residents of Leeds & Grenville affected by COVID-19. 

 

Message from the OPP regarding COVID-19

OPP members continue to respond to all urgent and non–urgent 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. 

 

 Canada Emergency Response Benefit

In response to the COVID-19 situation, the government has introduced the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit as part of Canada’s Economic Response Plan.

CERB- Canada Emergency Response Benefit - Application Link

CERB FAQ's

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

  • Workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do not have access to paid leave or other income support.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • Working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children that are sick or need additional care because of school and daycare closures.
  • Workers who still have their employment but are not being paid because there is currently not sufficient work and their employer has asked them not to come to work.
  • Wage earners and self-employed individuals, including contract workers, who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance.

 

Important information for workers who have lost their jobs or are unable to work:

  • Workers should continue to apply for Employment Insurance benefits.
  • Individuals who have already applied for Employment Insurance will be automatically enrolled for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
  • The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April. Applicants will also be able to apply via an automated telephone line or via a toll-free number.
  • Visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for additional information on how the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will help workers.

 

Service Canada can help!

Employment Insurance and Pension applications can be made online at:https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/portfolio/service-canada.html

If an individual requires assistance with one our critical services and benefits they can complete a service request form at: Canada.ca/service-canada-e-service. Once the service request is submitted, a Service Canada representative will contact the individual within 2 business days at the phone number they indicate.

Resources for Older Adults

Senior Centre Without Walls (SCWW) 

To help our adults and older adults connect socially from home during the COVID-19 public health crisis, Walker House Adult Recreation Centre is launching a NEW "Seniors' Centre Without Walls" program in partnership with the Older Adult Centres' Association of Ontario (OACAO) and sponsored by the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility (MSAA).

This is a free telephone program for recreational and social activities for all residents of Prescott (not required to be a member of Walker House). This program is intended to connect Prescott adults and older adults with others for support and friendly conversation during this time of physical distancing.

Whether you're seeking information, entertainment, or a friendly voice to chat with over the telephone, there is a full schedule of programming, including special guests from the community! We are continuing to explore new programming opportunities, and if you'd like to get involved please get in touch. 

Dial 1-866-279-1594   Enter passcode 5 9 5 0 5 6   Then press #            Say your name, then press #

 

More information: walkerhouse@prescott.ca    613 925 5300   www.walkerhouseprescott.com  www.facebook.com/WalkerHousePrescott 


Baby Boomer Fitness and Beyond

YourTV Brockville introduces “Baby Boomer Fitness and Beyond” with Lucy and Ramona Braganza. Exercise routines you can do in the comfort of your own home, plus nutrition tips designed for Baby Boomers and beyond!

Cogeco subscribers in the Brockville and Prescott region can watch every weekday beginning Monday April 13 at 12:00 p.m. on CH. 700

YourTV schedule information click here: https://yourtv.tv/brockville/schedule


Senior Support Services (CPHC) offers $20 food bags of staples by delivery, frozen meals, wellness calls, pick up medications 

 


Volunteer Centre St. Lawrence-Rideau can coordinate volunteer assistance to deliver groceries

 

 

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