*Page Updated: April 1, 2020, at 3:00pm
The following page has been provided as a resource to residents and business owners regarding COVID-19.
For details about the current status of COVID-19 in our community, and ways you can protect yourself, visit the Grey Bruce Public Health website.
This section will contain all current and active press releases that the Town has issued as related to COVID-19.
|Press Release||Date Issued|
|Notice-Town Forms COVID-19 Recovery Task Force||March 31, 2020|
|Media Release from Grey Bruce Public Health Unit||March 26, 2020|
|Notice- Closure of Playground Structures, Athletic Fields, Skateboard Park||March 25, 2020|
|Notice- Property Taxes and Utility Payments Extended Until June 30, 2020||March 25, 2020|
|Notice- Town of The Blue Mountains Declares State of Emergency||March 24, 2020|
|Notice- Town to Assist with Local Businesses with Deliveries||March 20, 2020|
|Notice- Residents and Visitors are Reminded to Stop Flushing Wipes||March 19, 2020|
|Notice- Mayor Soever Expected to Return on March 23, 2020||March 18, 2020|
Everyone should practice good basic hygiene as a preventative measure to protect against the novel coronavirus and other viruses in this cold and flu season.
For details about the current status of COVID-19, and ways you can protect yourself, visit the Grey Bruce Public Health website.
The Town of The Blue Mountains places the health of our residents and visitors first, and as such, we are ensuring open lines of communication with the Public Health Unit and Grey Bruce Regional Health Services. As the regional leader, we are following the advice and best practices as recommended by the Public Health Unit.
The Town of The Blue Mountains has closed all municipal facilities, effective immediately until April 17, 2020. Facility closures include: Town Hall, The Blue Mountains Public Library, Beaver Valley Community Centre, Craigleith Community Centre and Ravenna Hall.
In addition, all Committee of the Whole, Council Meetings and Committee of Council and Board meetings have been cancelled until April 17, 2020, with the exception of the Monday, March 30, 2020, Special Meeting of Council. The Special Meeting of Council will be live-streamed to the Town website for the purposes of:
All scheduled public information centres, and public meetings have also been postponed until a later date.
As of March 25, 2020, Mayor Alar Soever has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of The Blue Mountains in accordance with Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The decision was made in conjunction with the Towns leadership team and Emergency Control Group in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the community.
What does "State of Emergency Mean?
An emergency is defined under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as “a situation, or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or otherwise” [Section 1, definition of an emergency].
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, only the head of council of a municipality (or his or her designate) and the Lieutenant Governor in Council or the Premier have the authority to declare an emergency. The Premier, the head of council, as well as a municipal council, have the authority to terminate an emergency declaration [Sections 4 (1), (2), (4)].
The declaration of an emergency provides the Head of Council with certain tools to address the situation including, but not limited to, those listed below.
General and Government:
Economic and Financial:
The Towns leadership team is meeting regularly to assess the situation. The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to assure residents and visitors that all critical and essential municipal services will continue to operate as normal.
The Town will continue to offer online services and phone services by calling 519-599-3131.
The following list highlights the status of municipal services at this time:
Reducing the Spread of COVID-19
Waste Disposal Site (Landfill)
*To change your tax and/or utility PAP or cancel your post-dated cheque, please contact the Finance department or call 519-599-3131 ext. 221
Message from the Deputy Mayor, Rob Potter
At the March 16, 2020 Special Committee of the Whole meeting, Council waived the procedural By-law to consider the recommendation of the Chief Administrative Officer that outlined a series of temporary public closures of all municipal facilities, until April 17th, 2020.
In addition, the recommendation outlined the cancellation of all Public Meetings, Public Information Centres, Committee of Council and Boards of Council meetings, and Committee of the Whole and Council Meetings until April 17th, 2020.
The full resolution approved by Council can be found here. Link to Council resolution regarding COVID-19.
On behalf of Council, I want to thank our residents, business community and our municipal partners for their commitment and patience through this difficult time. I would like to emphasize that residents and visitors should keep up to date with official information released by the Public Health Unit, Municipal and County Governments, and the Provincial and Federal Governments. This will be difficult time, but we can get through it if we take the prescribed precautions.
Message from the Mayor, Alar Soever
Mayor Alar Soever will be returning to his duties as Mayor effective Monday, March 23, 2020. For full details, please see the following press release.
Municipal Operations Update from the Chief Administrative Officer, Shawn Everitt
On Friday, March 13, 2020 a meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group was organized for Monday, March 16, 2020 to initiate the municipal response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a coordinated and collaborative effort.
With the approval by Council on Monday, March 16, staff implemented the temporary public closure of all municipal facilities. On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, with the Declaration of a Provincial State of Emergency by the Premier of Ontario, the Town’s Senior Management Team implemented an operational plan that promoted alternate working arrangements for Town employees, including the development of rotational staff shifts, and policies following the social distance standards. Through these proactive efforts, the Town Hall Administration building remains operational through phone and email customer service.
In addition, through coordination with the Town Clerk and the Information Technology staff, we are actively working on methods to allow for Town Council to continue to meet through electronic participation pending legislative changes to the Municipal Act that could be considered and implemented by the Provincial Government. As of now, Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:00am. The meeting will be livestreamed to the Town website, however no public attendance at Town Hall will be permitted during the temporary closure of Town Hall.
On behalf of Town staff, I would like to thank our community for their patience during these difficult times. We truly appreciate those champions within our community that have helped to provide positive messaging and support and continue to focus on the priorities of protecting our community, our county, and globally and to promote the recommended social distancing and health practices from the Ministry of Health, along with our Provincial and Federal Governments.
During the facility closures, residents are reminded that a variety of Town services are available online.
Online services include:
To access online services, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm
The Town is working with government agencies, industry partners and local business leaders to be able to effectively identify actions to support businesses in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
The following section contains links to various business resources and financial support information:
A resource that summarizes the available government economic response initiatives can be found by visiting: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses has launched a Small Business Help Centre to help business owners understand the support programs that are available: https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/small-business-resources-dealing-covid-19
Details regarding Provincial program are available by visiting: https://www.ontario.ca/page/stopping-spread-covid-19
Details regarding Federal programs are available by visiting: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/covid19-businesses.html