Covid- 19 Update for May 8, 2020

Posted On Friday May 08, 2020

 

Gravenhurst, ON – The Town of Gravenhurst continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and adhere to Provincial Orders in an effort to ensure safety and proper physical distancing in the community.

 

On Wednesday May 6th, the Province announced an extension to all Provincial Orders in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 until at least May 19th; this includes all outdoor amenities in parks and recreational areas in Gravenhurst.

 

“Although the Orders have been extended, we have begun to see the gradual easing of some restrictions and a three-staged plan from the Province is in sight,” said Mayor Paul Kelly, who was part of a productive group discussion on Wednesday with the Premier of Ontario. “There are positive signs that we are all moving in the right direction in Gravenhurst and throughout the Province and doing our part to flatten the curve,” he added.

“I am pleased to learn that Town Staff has been working collaboratively with the Gravenhurst Farmers’ Market and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) Inspector to work on a comprehensive and safe plan to return the Market to the Muskoka Wharf in early June. This is very encouraging and I look forward to more examples of gradual easing of restrictions when it is appropriate and recommended to us by the Province and SMDHU,” said the Mayor.

 

In addition to easing restrictions on retail, the Province is also expanding essential construction to allow below-grade, multi-unit residential construction projects – like apartments and condominiums – to begin and existing above-grade projects to continue. The Town of Gravenhurst Building Division is closely monitoring these updates and has now resumed issuing building permits.

 

The Town of Gravenhurst continues to follow the current recommendations of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, which requests that residents remain in their primary residence. “The Provincial Government and the Town are aware that some people have come to their cottage in spite of the Province’s recommendation. We would expect that they follow all safety requirements including isolating in one place, physical distancing and resist large gatherings while they’re here,” said Mayor Kelly.

 

As a reminder, all Town facilities remain closed to public access, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Absolute Fire Ban remains in effect with no burning allowed in the municipality, and Gravenhurst Town Council will meet once again electronically on Tuesday, May 12, at 3:00 p.m., which will be live streamed at www.gravenhurst.ca/webcast.

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For further information, please contact:

Jason Harnett

Communication Specialist

705-795-5257

jason.harnett@gravenhurst.ca