Premier Doug Ford announced yesterday that effective immediately, Ontario is once again in a State of Emergency. Further to that announcement, Ford indicated that effective 12:01am January 14, 2021 a Stay at Home Order will be in effect. This means that the Province is requiring everyone to stay at home and only go out for essential trips. It further means that enforcement and inspections and non-compliance will be subject to fines and persecutions.
The latest data and trends show that Ontario is in crisis. The numbers will have an overwhelming affect on our health care system. Ford is requesting people to do the right thing and stay home where you can stay safe and save lives. Gananoque’s Municipal Emergency Control Group met shortly after the announcement to discuss the impacts on our municipality. Town Hall Offices are currently closed to the public.
Beginning January 14, 2021 Town Hall, Public Works and other administrative offices will not be staffed. Administrative employees that can work from home will work from home. The best means of communications to the various departments will be via email address or voicemail using extension numbers. Both email addresses and telephone extensions can be found on the Town’s website (www.gananoque.ca). All emergency and essential services will remain as required.
“We are all tired of this pandemic,” stated Mayor Ted Lojko, “Although vaccines are becoming available, a greater part of the population is not vaccinated. We are not over this. We strongly urge that you please continue to do the right thing, do your part, stay home”.
The provincial announcement also indicated that outdoor gatherings are reduced from 10 people to 5. All non-essential retail stores such as hardware stores, alcohol retailers and curb side pick up may not open earlier than 7am and close no later than 8pm. This does not apply to stores who primarily sell food, pharmaceuticals, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants for takeout or delivery. Additionally, non-essential construction is further restricted. Further details on the announcements will be monitored by the Town as they become available.
Let’s do it right, Gananoque! Stay Home.