COVID-19 is a respiratory virus with pneumonia-like symptoms. COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. The Township of Springwater is taking precautions to help protect our vulnerable residents. Working with partners and agencies at all levels of government, the Township is monitoring the situation and responding accordingly.
In March 2020, the Township of Springwater closed all municipal offices, parks and facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All programming and rentals were also cancelled.
Fortunately, staff were able to continue to provide most municipal services including: delivery of water and wastewater, road maintenance, fire and emergency services, bylaw enforcement and building inspections, despite these closures.
As the Province of Ontario begins to reopen, the Township’s facilities will gradually reopen.
The Township will take a careful, stage-by-stage approach to reopening its facilities, programs and services based upon the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario and the Medical Officer of Health from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
Reopening Springwater will take place in four stages.
There are no timelines associated with the reopening, as timing will be based on guidance and direction from the Province of Ontario the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
The reopening plan includes steps for increased safety in response to COVID-19. For example, there will be enhanced cleaning and sanitizing, as well as steps to ensure physical distancing such as floor stickers and plexiglass shields at customer service counters. These steps are put in place for the safety of both residents and staff.
Where are we now?
We are currently in ‘Stage 3’ of the reopening plan.
Status of Facilities and Services
|Mayor Allen's Updates|
Face Coverings in Indoor Public Spaces
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has advised that as of Monday, July 13, 2020, when you enter into a public indoor space a (e.g. grocery store, community centre, shopping mall, hair salon, library, place of worship, etc.), or use a public transit service in Simcoe Muskoka, you will be required to wear a face covering.
A face covering means a medical or non-medical mask or other face covering such as a bandana or scarf that covers the mouth and nose.
Children under the age of 2 or those under 5 who cannot be persuaded, are not required to wear a face covering, as well as individuals whose health or ability, or cultural or religious reasons would prevent them from doing so. No proof of exemption is required.
Additional information is available on the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website.
|Enforcement: Who to Call|
The following tips to protect yourself from COVID-19 are provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit:
County of Simcoe Business Survey and Results
In an effort to monitor the progression of COVID-19 impacts on local businesses, the County of Simcoe and municipal partners have conducted two business impact surveys. The information collected through these surveys helps to determine how we can best support your businesses and advocate to various levels of government. We thank all who have provided input to help guide the County and Springwater during this time.
The Province of Ontario is looking for businesses and organization that can help with the fight against COVID-19. They are currently seeking businesses who can supply emergency products and innovative solutions to support the response to the ongoing health pandemic.
Province Launches Business Support Line:
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.
Additional Business Resources
COVID-19 Testing Information for Temporary Foreign Workers (multiple languages available upon request)
The new Virtual Recreation Zone was created to help bring the residents of Springwater together while respecting social distancing at home. This page hosts a collection of online fitness and activity programs, health and wellness resources, and virtual experiences and attractions.
If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
211 Ontario can help you find grocery stores and pharmacies that are open and offering delivery service, as well as provide information on programs and services available in our community.
The Elmvale & District Food Bank remains open and operation. They will NOT be taking any financial information during this pandemic. They have set up for phone orders with pickup at specific times to minimize contact. You will receive food for 3-5 days with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy. Please call 705-322-9096 for additional information.