COVID-19 UPDATE FOR JULY 17, 2020

Posted On Friday July 17, 2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR JULY 17, 2020 

Gravenhurst, ON – Today, Gravenhurst and all parts of Muskoka entered into Stage 3 of the Provincial Reopening Plan. “We all need to remember that while we have come a long way and worked hard to get here, we continue to live with COVID-19. As such, while we live our lives and enjoy ourselves, we must continue to protect ourselves and others by practicing physical distancing, maintaining proper hand hygiene, and wearing a mask in all indoor public places,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer, in his recent update to the community from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).

With Stage 3 now in effect, the Town will continue to follow the best advice and guidelines of the SMDHU.  On Tuesday, July 21st, Glen Davies, Chief Administrative Officer, will provide Council with a Pandemic Response Report and update on the current status of the Town’s response. Council will be informed of the critical decisions and timelines projected into the future. Additionally, the report will discuss the Town’s current service level demands, impacts to key delivery areas, and provide information on a staged approach to reopen Town facilities and amenities currently closed to the public. Council will also receive a projected update to the Town’s financial position and will consider an extension to the interim tax penalty due date. To view the Council and Committee of the Whole electronic meeting on Tuesday, July 21st, please visit www.gravenhurst.ca/webcast.

The Town would like to thank everyone in the community for adhering to the mandatory face mask order implemented for our region by the SMDHU and reminds all those visiting the area to follow these guidelines. Together, we will prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Two additional drive-thru COVID-19 Assessment Clinics have been scheduled for Gravenhurst on July 23rd, and August 12th, from 10:00 am - 4:30 pm at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, 101 Centennial Drive. Please note that the Muskoka Paramedics are providing these tests for asymptomatic people who require a test to visit a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate living setting.

Finally, in light of the reduced municipal service levels in the Town, it is extra important that each of us do our part to help keep Gravenhurst clean and beautiful. Please don’t litter! If you have garbage or recycling with you and a convenient receptacle is not available, or it may be full, please take your litter home with you.

For the latest information, and updates related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and local response, please visit www.gravenhurst.ca/covid19

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