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Southwestern Public Health Moving to RED-CONTROL


12/18/2020 2:22:58 PM

For Immediate Release:

Southwestern Public Health to move to the Red-Control stage effective Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

The Township of South-West Oxford is continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation in our region and proactively taking necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff.

Effective Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, the Township (and all of Southwestern Public Health Region) will move into the Red-Control stage of the Province’s COVID-19 response framework. However, the message from Southwestern Public Health is still the same, trips outside of the home should only be for essential reasons, such as school, work, grocery, pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable people, or physical activity. Social gatherings should be avoided. Dr. Joyce Lock reminds us that we have just overcome a significant surge in our region, that resulted in hospitalization, intensive care and many deaths. COVID-19 is still circulating within our community and our combined efforts are still needed to keep each other safe.

The Municipal Office will remain open to the public by appointment only. Visitors to the municipal office will be asked pre-screening questions at the time of scheduling at appointment and prior to coming into the office. Anyone experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 is asked not to attend the municipal office.

If you would like to conduct in-person business please call the office at 519-485-0477. Hours of operation will continue Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The next property tax due date is Friday, February 26th, 2021. Residents are encouraged to continue to use an alternate method of payment to ensure that their property taxes are paid on time. Alternate methods of payment include:

  1. Payments can be dropped off in the drop box at the municipal office located at the main office entrance doors;
  2. Payments can be made online through the bank using your roll number as your account number;
  3. Payments can be made at your local bank;
  4. For future payments, we encourage residents to sign up for pre-authorized payments. The form can be found on the website at www.swox.org.

All events and social gatherings indoors are restricted to a maximum of five people, as such the Township Community Centers will remain closed at this time. Council and Committee meetings will continue virtually until further notice.

Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding.

For further information and reference, the following restrictions apply within the Red-Control stage:

  • Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with) and stay at least 2 metres apart from everyone else.
  • Do not visit any other household or allow visitors in your home. If you live alone, you can have close contact with only one other household.
  • All events and social gatherings:
  • Indoors: 5 people
  • Outside: 25 people
  • Only go out for essential reasons, such as:
    • Work – work remotely, where possible
    • school
    • groceries
    • pharmacy
    • health care
    • helping vulnerable people
    • exercise and physical activity
  • Religious, wedding and funeral services:
    • Indoors: 30% capacity
    • Outdoors: 100 people

Retail

  • supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies may be open at 75 per cent capacity;
  • all other retail may be open at 50 per cent capacity, including big box, liquor, hardware and garden stores;
  • capacity limits and signs advising not to enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms must be posted publicly;
  • only non–adjacent fittings rooms may be open;
  • maximum of 10 patrons may be seated in mall food courts.

Restaurants and bars

  • 10 people may be allowed indoors where physical distancing allows, maximum of four per table with two metres or an impermeable barrier between tables;
  • no buffet-style service is permitted;
  • patrons must be screened and contact tracing must be done;
  • face coverings required except when eating and drinking;
  • workers must wear PPE, including eye protection when coming within two metres of someone not wearing face covering;
  • no liquor may be served after 9 p.m., establishments must close by 10 p.m.;
  • no dancing, singing or live music;
  • night clubs and strip clubs may only operate as restaurant or bar

Sports and recreation

  • no contact, maintain two metres distancing at all times or three metres around weights, equipment or in exercise/fitness class;
  • where distancing can be maintained, 10 people allowed indoors or 25 outdoors, no spectators except one guardian for those under 18;
  • reservations required and patrons can remain for maximum of 90 minutes unless playing a sport;
  • training only allowed for team sports, no games or scrimmage;
  • exceptions for high-performance athletes and parasport;
  • face covering required except when exercising;
  • patrons must be screened and contact information collected.

Personal service

  • no services requiring removal of face coverings is allowed;
  • oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas, bath houses, most sensory deprivation pods and other adult venues closed;
  • patrons must be screened and contact information collected.

Other businesses and events

  • organized public gatherings can include a maximum five people indoors, 25 outdoors;
  • religious services can operate at 30 per cent capacity indoors, 100 people outdoors;
  • casinos, bingo halls and gaming can open with 10 people indoors, 25 outdoors, no table gaming, no liquor served after 9 p.m., no liquor consumption after 10 p.m., patrons must be screened and contact information collected;
  • cinemas closed except for drive-ins, rehearsal and performance of recorded/broadcast events allowed with restrictions

Resources:

Southwestern Public Health – Community Update

Ontario: COVID-19 Zones and Restrictions – What Each Zone Means

For additional information, please contact:

Mayor David Mayberry

Township of South-West Oxford

mayor@swox.org

519-532-2917

Mary Ellen Greb, Chief Administrative Officer

Township of South-West Oxford

cao@swox.org

519-485-0477 ext. 7025



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Township of South-West Oxford

Located in South Western Ontario, in the South West section of Oxford County and serves as a regional centre for industry, commerce and recreation.

The Township oversees 87,588 acres with a population of 7,544 and we have Canada’s busiest highway in our front yard! With a rich agricultural heritage, please stop by and enjoy our diverse Township. 

The Township’s mission is be "a leader in the development and delivery of municipal services for the growth and well being of our community"

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312915 Dereham Line
Mt. Elgin, On N0J 1N0
Hours: Monday – Friday 
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 519-877-2702 / 519-485-0477
Fax: 519-485-2932

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