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COVID-19 Update

Posted On: Monday, March 16, 2020

A dedicated webpage regarding COVID-19 has been created for the Town of The Blue Mountains. To view the webpage, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

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The Town would like to advise residents that on Monday of this week, Grey-Bruce, including the Town of The Blue Mountains, was moved to the Yellow Stage of the Provincial COVID-19 Framework.

In addition, the Town would like to highlight that the neighbouring region of Simcoe County has been moved from the Yellow Stage into the Orange Stage. Although this does not directly impact the Town of The Blue Mountains, it is important for residents to be aware of the heightened concern and restrictions within Simcoe County.

Specific to the Town of The Blue Mountains, the shift to the Yellow Stage for Grey-Bruce means greater restrictions and enhanced education and enforcement to help stop the spread of COVID-19 within the community. Full details regarding restrictions in the Yellow Stage can be found on the following page of the Province’s website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#yellow

The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has posted an information page to their website outlining the shift from the Green Stage to the Yellow Stage. Residents are encouraged to visit the Health Unit website or to contact the Health Unit for all COVID-19 related questions and inquiries: www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

“Since the new Provincial Framework was introduced, Grey-Bruce and The Town of The Blue Mountains has been in the Green Stage, which is the lowest of the five stages,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The shift into the Yellow Stage is a strong indicator that COVID-19 data is trending upwards and that we need to be more careful and vigilant than ever.”

Please continue to follow the basic steps below to protect yourself, your family and your community:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Watch your distance
  • Wear your face covering correctly
  • Avoid Crowds
  • Arrange for outdoor activities instead of indoors whenever possible

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

Mayor Soever with Dr. Arra Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2w-2qRFAzk

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that the temporary stop signs located on Crosswinds Blvd at Snow Apple Cres and Yellow Birch Cres are scheduled to be removed within the next two weeks to coordinate with the installation of a new temporary stoplight at Grey Road 19.

In accordance with the Ontario Traffic Manual, signage must be installed to notify residents and users prior to the removal of stop signs. Notice signage was installed early today based upon availability of the Town Roads Department. The newly installed signage has been covered and will remain covered until later this week to coincide with the scheduled two-week notice period. The removal of the stop signs will coincide with the installation of the temporary stoplight at Grey Road 19.

For more information regarding the installation of the temporary traffic light, please contact Grey County at the information provided below.

Pat Hoy
Director of Transportation
(519) 372-0219 ext. 1391

For more information, please contact:

(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

In an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the Town of The Blue Mountains Council is considering the approval of a Mandatory Face Covering By-law that aims to share the responsibility of wearing a mask equally between the business owner/operator and the customer or individual within the indoor public space.

If approved, the By-law would support and augment the existing Provincial Order (Ontario Regulation 364/20), which mandates that a face covering must be worn in all indoor establishments. The proposed By-law is very similar to the current Provincial Order; however, the By-law will add to the responsibility of wearing a face covering to include the customer or individual entering an indoor space.

Currently, the Provincial Order places the responsibility of customers wearing a face covering solely on the business owner/operator. Through the proposed By-law, the Town wants to clearly identify a shared responsibility to both the business owner/operator and the customer or individual entering an indoor space.

To ensure members of the public have the opportunity to understand the proposed Mandatory Face Covering By-law, a dedicated webpage has been created that features information resources for members of the public and business owners and operators. To view the dedicated webpage, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/masks.

“This proposed By-law serves to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor Alar Soever. “The intent of the By-law is to educate and promote current Provincial Orders and to share the responsibility of protecting the community’s health and safety.”

Members of the public wishing to speak at the virtual Committee of the Whole meeting are required to pre-register with the Town Clerk no later than 1:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

To submit your feedback by email, in writing, or to pre-register to speak during the virtual meeting, please contact the Town Clerk, Corrina Giles through the following methods:

Mail or in person: 32 Mill St. Box 310, Thornbury ON, N0H 2P0

Tel:  (519) 599-3131 ext 232

Fax: (519) 599-7723

Email: townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For more information, please contact:

Director of Legal Services
(519) 599-3131 ext. 258

The Town of The Blue Mountains invites community organizations to apply for the Town’s Environmental Sustainability Fund. 

This fund has an allocation of $5,000 that will be split between the successful applications which demonstrate a clear goal of advancing environmental sustainability within the Town.

This year’s fund looks to build on previous successful recipients including the Thornbury Community Gardens project and the Beaver River Watershed Initiative project. Both projects exemplify how the Town and community organizations can work alongside one another and foster social vibrancy and environmental sustainability.

Interested community organizations wishing to apply must submit their application no later than December 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To learn more about the Town’s Environmental Sustainability Fund and to apply, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/our-sustainable-path.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Jeffery Fletcher

Manager of Sustainability and Solid Waste

(519) 599-3131 ext. 238

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KIfxyS8lyk

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce that the 2020 Municipal Information Guide is now available. The Municipal Guide provides important information about Town departments, services, facilities, resources, programs and special projects.

The guide will be mailed to every household in the Town of The Blue Mountains. If you do not receive a copy of the guide in the mail, please contact the Town at the information provided below. In addition, hard copies of the guide are available at Town facilities. To view the guide online, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/public-engagement.cfm

The Town would like to highlight that work on the 2020 Municipal Guide started early in the year, but unfortunately, the project was delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The release of the guide was further delayed until municipal facilities reopened to avoid confusion regarding facility availability and access. As a result, there are dates reflected in the guide that have already passed. The information in the guide remains accurate, up-to-date and relevant and residents are encouraged to use the guide as a resource.

To view 2020 and 2021 meeting dates including Council, Committee of the Whole, Committee Meetings and Budget Meetings, please visit the Town website by visting: www.thebluemountains.ca/agendas-minutes-reports.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Manager of Communications and Economic Development
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/2rG4CxQu0S8

The Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department would like to emphasize the importance of testing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

At a recent fire incident at a multi-residential building in the Town, only 50% of the units in the building had compliant and properly working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Had this fire occurred during the night the life safety of the occupants could have been at risk.

Please test and check the dates on all hardwired and battery powered devices. The alarms will need to be replaced if they are over 10 years old.

If you require further information, please contact The Blue Mountains Fire Department during normal business hours at 519- 599-5411 ext. 101 or visit our webpage for more information: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/fire-prevention-week-2020.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Blue Mountains Fire Department

Phone: (519) 599-5411 ext. 101

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to advise the public that the Town will be launching a new Agenda Management System to increase efficiency and streamline the preparation and distribution of Council and Committee packages.

The new tool, eSCRIBE is a leading agenda management software that will be added to the Town website in a phased approach to enhance the organization and display of meeting agendas, minutes and staff reports. The eSCRIBE system will be launched on Wednesday, October 28, with the release of the agenda package for the Committee of the Whole meeting taking place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

“This new Agenda Management System will create a streamlined process for Town Staff, which will result in efficiency within the internal workflow processes,” says Shawn Everitt CAO of the Town of The Blue Mountains. “I would like to congratulate the Clerks Department and the IT Department for the launch of this exciting new initiative.”

The process to view meeting agendas, minutes and reports will remain the same for residents but will have a new format for users when visiting the webpage. To view meeting agendas, minutes and reports, visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/agendas-minutes-reports.cfm

For more information, please contact: 

Clerks Department

519-599-3131 ext. 232

 

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