MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Household Hazardous Waste and Compost Facilities
The Town of Carleton Place has taken every precaution possible to protect our staff and our residents from COVID-19. Municipal facilities across Carleton Place remain closed at this time. Public Works staff understands the public is eager for the Compost and Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities at 128 Patterson Crescent to resume operations, however, there are many challenges operating these facilities even with social distancing measures. The greatest challenges include the flow of traffic, volume of vehicles, and the safety of staff (who are generally youth) interacting with the public. We have been communicating with the Health Unit on a regular basis and will open the facility when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, staff continue to monitor the situation and will continue the curbside collection of paper leaf bags until we can open safely.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES
The Canada Border Services Agency is announcing that as of June 8, 2020 23:59 EDT, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and who do not have COVID-19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who do not have reason to believe they have COVID-19, will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with an immediate family member for a period of at least 15 days. Foreign nationals who are admitted into Canada pursuant to this exemption must quarantine for 14 days.
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Stage 2 Reopening - Today, the Ontario government announced that it is getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30% of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers. Details including which businesses and services are permitted to reopen were also included as part of today’s announcement.
Temporary Ban on Commercial Evictions - The Ontario government announced today that it intends to take action to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to the negative impacts of COVID-19.