COVID-19 UPDATE FOR SEPTEMBER 11th, 2020

Posted On Friday September 11, 2020

Gravenhurst, ON – The Town of Gravenhurst continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a responsible and staged approach with staff and the public’s health and safety being the highest consideration. As the Province continues to see daily increases in case counts, and as the Town moves towards increased fall and winter indoor activity, it is even more important to continue to practice safety protocols to reduce the transmission of the virus.

On Tuesday, September 15th, Gravenhurst Council and Committee of the Whole will continue to meet virtually. The public are invited to view the meeting at www.gravenhurst.ca/webcast beginning at 3:00 p.m.  At the upcoming meeting, Glen Davies, Chief Administrative Officer, will provide the administration’s fifth Pandemic Response Status Report. In the report, Council will hear the latest about the tentative schedule for facility re-openings, including the status of the Gravenhurst YMCA and further considerations for the re-opening of the Graeme Murray Arena.

Preparations are underway to re-open the Municipal Office on September 28th to limited public access, with services offered by appointment-only. “We will continue to do as much business as we can virtually,” said Glen Davies, Chief Administrative Officer. “In most instances, staff have been able to provide a high level of service and assistance to the public in a timely, consistent, and effective manner since the onset of the Pandemic. Our service delivery may be a little different from what the public has experienced in the past, but we are here and continue to work behind the scenes. The public’s cooperation and understanding under these circumstances is truly appreciated,” added Davies.

 Through an appointment-only public access schedule;

  • the Town can control the flow of people coming into the building to ensure everyone’s safety;
  • we can continue to follow the best practices outlined by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, including conducting contact tracing;
  • our primary focus for appointments will begin with services not currently being offered, such as issuing marriage licenses and commissioning documents; and,
  • we can better plan for additional access and continue re-opening in a staged approach.

“By going back to ‘normal’ we could increase the risk of transmission for the public and our staff, therefore we are taking all the reasonable precautions,” said Davies. 

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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