South-West Oxford Moves to Grey-Lockdown, Provincewide Emergency Brake Initiated
4/5/2021 9:08:09 AM
For Immediate Release:
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.
Today the Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced that they are imposing a provincewide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. This will come into effect on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 and will be kept in place for at least four weeks.
The provincewide measures announced by the Province are the most stringent to address the rapidly escalating conditions, including the spread of variants of concern. During the shutdown, indoor organized public events and social gatherings are not permitted, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation. Outdoor public events and social gatherings must comply with recommendations from local public health on physical distancing and have no more than five people.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health is asking everyone to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or exercising outdoors with members of their household. Employers in all industries are asked to make every effort to allow employees to work from home.
During this time, 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 an 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.
Township Community Centers will remain closed at this time. Council and Committee meetings will continue virtually until further notice.
View the Province of Ontario’s announcement for a full list of what is and is not permitted during the shutdown period.
Southwestern Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility: Southwestern Public Health is continuing the rollout of COVID-19 vaccination locally as supply becomes available. They realize that booking an appointment has not been easy for everyone. With such high demand, the phone lines have been very busy. Southwestern Public Health is committed to getting the vaccine to seniors 80+ living in Oxford County, Elgin County and the City of St. Thomas. Please visit their website if you need assistance for yourself or someone you know (80+) with booking an appointment. Southwestern Public Health staff will call the individual directly with the date and time of an appointment at the location of their choice.
Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding.
The provincewide emergency brake would put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures to help to stop the rapid transmission of COVID-19 variants in communities, protect hospital capacity and save lives. Measures include, but are not limited to:
- Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household (the people you live with) or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.
- Restricting in-person shopping in all retail settings, including a 50 per cent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and 25 per cent for all other retail including big box stores, along with other public health and workplace safety measures;
- Prohibiting personal care services;
- Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining. Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take-out, drive-through, and delivery only;
- Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness (e.g., gyms) with very limited exceptions;
- Requiring day camps to close; and,
- Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of individuals that can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.
Southwestern Public Health – Community Update
Ontario: Province Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake
For additional information, please contact:
Mayor David Mayberry
Township of South-West Oxford
Mary Ellen Greb, Chief Administrative Officer
Township of South-West Oxford
519-485-0477 ext. 7025