Date: May 29, 2020
May 29, 2020
The Town of Erin is continuing to closely monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and adapting, while ensuring the safety of residents and staff remain a top priority. Town staff are continuing to work to provide residents with service excellence.
Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the Town of Erin has made the decision to extend the closure of all municipal facilities, including recreation facilities and Town Hall until further notice.
May 22, 2020
The Town of Erin is working towards opening some outdoor amenities for Monday, May 25, 2020, while maintaining provincial orders and following the directions of public health.
The following amenities will be reopening under new provincial COVID-19 safety protocols, requiring two metre distancing during use and no groups of more than five, other than members of the same household:
•Publicly accessible multi-use sports fields, including soccer fields and baseball diamonds are open to individuals and for casual play
•Tennis courts can be used with protocols and guidelines for club member use only
•Picnic tables, benches and shelters
•BMX/ Skate Park
May 14, 2020
Today, the Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework. The workplaces opening as part this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.
May 12, 2020
Beginning May 26, all County waste facilities will re-open and resume regular business hours. Reuse Centres and textile bins will remain closed at all sites until further notice.
May 9, 2020
With the recent announcement from the Province, regarding non-essential businesses opening for curbside pick-ups on Monday, we realize that this could add new challenges for our local business community. To assist local businesses as they re-adjust to these new regulations we will be creating a webpage dedicated to local businesses and share their new hours of operations and steps they are taking to keep staff and residents safe. Please send your new measures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 4, 2020
Following advice from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, as of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020, certain businesses and workplaces may reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses that are not identified on this list must keep their physical place of business closed.
The Town's Regular Council Meeting on May 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM will take place as a physical distancing meeting. The public is encouraged to participate by viewing the livestream.
April 30, 2020
At today’s County Council meeting, Council approved (upon consultation with all seven member municipalities), that the minimum tax rebate amount for low income seniors and low income persons with disabilities be increased from $200 to $400 to provide additional financial assistance during this time.
April 24, 2020
Businesses are facing financial hardships during these unprecedented times. Many businesses are adapting to the new normal and trying to find solutions to continue to offer services. The Town of Erin supports our local businesses is encouraging you to also support our businesses in anyway that you are able.
April 16, 2020
Please be advised that the Town of Erin's regular Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 6:30 PM will take place as a physical distancing meeting. An abundance of precautionary measures will be taken to ensure the protection of Council and staff.
All members of the public are encouraged to tune into the meeting via livestream, which can be accessed from www.erin.ca/town-hall/town-council/meetings-and-agendas.
April 15, 2020
It has been a month since we have been instructed to avoid social interactions and only leave the house for essential purposes. In this time there have been many new developments and updates circulated. We understand that many residents and businesses are currently facing hardship while trying to adapt to this new normal. Know that your Council and Town staff are following the situation closely and responding accordingly to continue to provide you with service excellence. On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Mayor Alls will be on the air with Erin Radio to answer your questions. Submit your COVID-19 questions by Monday, April 20, 2020.
April 14, 2020
It has been nearly a month since we have all been instructed to avoid social interactions and only leave the house for essential purposes. In that time, there have been daily COVID-19 news updates and lots of frightening posts circulating on social media. As a way to stay connected with residents, Mayor Alls has filmed a video to reassure the community that we are in this together. We have also launched a positive social media challenge and are asking residents to share their favourite social distancing activity with us, while using the hashtag #ErinsHomeErinsSafe. I encourage you to also share your own favourite activity and be sure to tag the Town.
April 9, 2020
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the County of Wellington has cancelled all upcoming Green Legacy Municipal Tree Day events. The Green Legacy will alternatively be offering a contact-free home delivery service of tree orders across the County. Residents who have already placed tree orders will be contacted by Green Legacy staff over the next few days and provided with further delivery information. County residents who have not yet ordered
trees, will be able to place orders online at www.greenlegacy.ca until April 30, 2020. Trees are
available on a first-come, first-served basis.
April 6, 2020
As of April 4, 2020, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses that can remain open. The restrictions are aimed at further reducing contact between people and stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The Town of Erin is working to ensure residents and businesses are able to access municipal services, while ensuring we are doing everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In response to the updated list of non-essential services, the Town will only be booking site inspections for projects with permits issued prior to April 4, 2020.
Building, pool and sign permit applications are still being accepted, processed and permits will continue to be issued. All documents can be emailed to email@example.com in PDF. format.
Construction may not take place on any sites that are considered to be non-essential construction as per the provincial order. Site inspections will continue to be performed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings ONLY for projects with permits issued prior to April 4, 2020. Send your request for inspection to firstname.lastname@example.org
All planning and zoning related services are continuing. All documents and questions can be emailed to email@example.com
Regular by-law enforcement will continue to be provided on a complaint based procedure. Email a completed complaint form and/or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2, 2020
User Pay garbage bags are available through many local retailers including: grocery stores, pharmacies, and hardware stores. These businesses remain open as they are an essential service. The County is also offering a temporary home delivery service for User Pay garbage bags. To access this temporary home delivery service, an online ordering and payment process is available at www.wellington.ca/wasteinfo.
Residents unable to access this service online can call 519.837.2601 and arrangements will be made.
April 1, 2020
Town of Erin will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
To participate, please call: 1.855.756.7520 EXT. 58380#
March 31, 2020
Wellington County will be providing $1 million dollars in low interest loans to help local County businesses get through the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. At a Special County Council today, County Council entered into a partnership with local Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC) to deliver their
new Keep Well – Emergency Business Sustainability Fund.
March 30, 2020
The Town of Erin continues to monitor and adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Mayor Alls has made the decision to extend the closure of all municipal facilities to May 31st, 2020. Please see the attached News Release regarding the extended closure for more information.
There is a lot of news surrounding COVID-19 right now, but it is important that we take a break from it and spend some time doing things we love, while still continuing to practice physical distancing. Mayor Alls has recorded a video on ways to maintain a healthy state of mind during these difficult times.
March 25, 2020
A Message from Fire Chief Sawkins reminding residents to stay home and take safety measures during these times.
March 24, 2020
Town of Erin will be hosting a Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
To participate, please call: 1.855.756.7520 EXT. 57734#
March 23, 2020
In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Erin has declared a State of Emergency, as of today. This declaration, allows the Town to access additional financial and other resources as needed.
The decision to declare a state of emergency was made in consultation with the County of Wellington and fellow member municipalities.
During this time, it is important to remember not to panic, and to continue to do your part in keep our community safe. Limit your contact with other people, stay home – unless for essential needs and wash your hands regularly. Reach out to your neighbours and offer a helping hand, let’s continue to be the amazing community we are, even during these difficult and confusing times.
News Release: The County and All Seven Member Municipalities Declare Emergencies
WELLINGTON COUNTY, ON – Today, at 2:00 pm, The County of Wellington and all seven of its member municipalities declared emergencies in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The declaration was made for the following reasons:
- A declaration of emergency provides the Head of Council the authority to take actions or make orders, which are not contrary to law, in order to protect the inhabitants in the area of the emergency;
- If volunteers are being employed by the municipality in support of the emergency, it can provide those volunteers with WSIB protection; or
- It can demonstrate to their residents that the municipality is taking the current situation very seriously, and is taking every step that they can to protect them from the threat.
“This afternoon, the County of Wellington and all seven Mayors made the mutual decision to declare emergencies in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic,” said Warden Kelly Linton. “With the recent confirmation of a COVID-19 case in the County, and evidence that the virus is circulating unknowingly within our community, we are taking this public health situation seriously. We need to make some difficult decisions moving forward to continue to effectively and efficiently respond to the situation in all of our municipalities. The health and safety of all of our residents is our top priority.”
The County of Wellington and all seven member municipalities will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will be making all appropriate changes as necessary. For the most up to date County information, please visit www.wellington.ca or check our social media platforms.
For additional information on COVID-19, and how to protect yourself, please visit www.wdgpublichealth.ca.
Andrea Ravensdale, Communications Manager
March 21, 2020
A Message from Mayor Alls
March 20, 2020
In addition to the below precautionary measures, the Town is continuing to follow and respond to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.
Please be advised, that the April 7, 2020 Regular Council Meeting has been cancelled.
During this time, we have made the decision to waive the increase of purchasing dog tags for one month. Annual Dog Tag increases will not be applied until May 1, 2020. Residents are still able to purchase dog tags online or over the phone, more information:
March 18, 2020
The Town of Erin is committed to continuing to provide you with service excellence. The health and safety of members of the public and staff is a top priority to the Town. To ensure this, we made the decision to close public access to all municipal facilities. During this time, staff are still working full time to provide residents with necessary and essential services.
Please see a full list of municipal services.
March 16, 2020
The Town of Erin is committed to the health and safety of its employees and the community. We are continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and making necessary decisions to reduce the spread of the virus and protect the public.
With the growing health concerns, and out of an abundance of caution, all municipal facilities, including Town Hall and recreational facilities will be closed to public access effective 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 until Monday, April 6th, 2020. With the public closure of Town Hall, we have made the decision to cancel the Regular Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, Committee of Adjustment meetings and all scheduled committee meetings between March 17th and April 6th.
Although meetings have been cancelled, elected officials and staff are still hard at work and will continue to provide service excellence to the community. The Town will continue to operate municipal services as usual.
Please be advised, in an effort to provide convenience, while continuing to ensure the safety of residents and staff, the Town of Erin will waive the interest and late penalty fees on the March 31st Tax Bills for one month. Tax and water payments can be paid online or through the Town's Pre-Authorize Payment Plan , by paying through e-transfer by emailing the payment to email@example.com, or by dropping off payment at the Town's 24/7 secure drop box, located at the front door at Town Hall. Burn-permits and dog tags can be obtained online, building and planning documents can be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and all other inquires can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519.855.4407.
March 14, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to spread and Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health warns against large gatherings of people, the Town of Erin has made the decision to close all recreation facilities as of
6:00p.m. today, Saturday, March 14, 2020, until further notice. All recreation drop-in programs, services and rentals are cancelled at Erin Community Centre, Hillsburgh Community Centre and Ballinafad Community Centre.
Should you have questions about cancellations or refunds, please contact the Parks & Recreation Team at Bookings@erin.ca.
For more information on the actions the Town of Erin is taking to ensure the health and safety of staff and residents from COVID-19, visit: www.erin.ca/newsroom/news-releases/town-of-erin-implements-proactive-measures-as-precaution-to-limit-further-transmission-of-covid-19
March 11, 2020
The Town of Erin has implemented proactive measures as a precaution to limit further transmission of the Coronavirus, also know as COVID-19.
Actions taken to date by the Town of Erin
- The Town has proactively increased the cleaning and disinfection of common contact points such as; door handles, customer service counters, handrail, etc.
- Informative posters have been posted at Town facilities to inform both the public and staff about steps to take to reduce the likelihood of virus transmission.
- The Town has increased Healthy Hands stations (alcohol-based hand sanitizers) in our facilities.
- Face masks have been made available upon entering Town Hall and other Town facilities.
- The Town of Erin has closed all municipal recreation facilities as of March 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM
News Release: Town of Erin Closes all Municipal Recreation Facilities until Further Notice
Please note that if you are unable to come into Town Hall to conduct business, you are able to do so online or via telephone at 519.855.4407. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Stay connected in the Town Council meetings by attending or watching via livestream from the comfort of your home by clicking here.
Please avoid Town of Erin public facilities if you have:
One or more symptoms of:
Traveled to an affected area in the past 14 days:
|If you have had a close contact with either a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.|
For more information on COVID-19, contact Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at
1.800.265.7293 EXT. 7006