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Covid-19 - Update #55

MUNICIPAL UPDATES

Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings - May 12, 2020

With the continued need for physical distancing due to COVID-19, the Town of Carleton Place Council will hold its Council and Committee of the Whole meetings via Zoom on May 12th, 2020.  Please see the Upcoming Meetings Agendas page on the Town’s website for start time and associated documents.

What you need to know:

Members of the public can view the meetings online using Zoom or via a live stream to our Facebook page. Members of the public who have an interest in a matter listed on the agenda are encouraged to email questions or comments relating to an item on the agenda to members of Council or staff prior to the meeting.  As always, persons who wish to register to speak to an item on the agenda are required to contact the Clerk by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11th, 2020.

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES

The Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, shared further details regarding the Government of Canada’s April 17th announcement of temporary relief measures to support the culture, heritage and sport sectors as they manage the challenges and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plan for the future. A total of up to $500 million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations.

 

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES

As people gradually begin returning to work, the Ontario government continues preparing for the next phase of restarting the provincial economy through the implementation of its Framework for Reopening our Province. At the same time, the government has been supporting struggling business owners directly impacted by COVID-19 by providing tax deferrals and commercial rent relief, and by removing regulatory roadblocks.

Beginning today in Ontario, professional sport training facilities will be permitted to reopen, provided their respective sports leagues have established health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19.

 

OTHER UPDATES

Lanark, Leeds and Grenville District Health Unit - Health Unit and Farmers’ Markets are working together to safely bring local food to the community

The Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has been working with all Farmers’ Markets in the region that are interested in opening under these restricted requirements.  In Lanark, Leeds, Grenville, most people are following the public health measures, including physical distancing, with the result that the number of new people infected with COVID-19 in the community is low.  Therefore, the Multi-vendor /Multi-stand market model has become less risky, as long as careful protective measures are put in place.  The Health Unit will work with the markets who are interested in this approach. This will hopefully make local produce available to people who cannot use the e-commerce approach.