April 15th Update: The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has declared a critical threshold of COVID-19 cases in Grey Bruce.
"We are asking the public to help. Everyone across Grey Bruce needs to consider themselves a carrier for the next 48 hours until we reach all case and their contacts. It is a priority that everyone stay at home except for essential travel. If contacted by public health, be prudent in following any direction that is given. This is in addition to the Provincial Stay-At-Home Order.
A class action Order from the Medical Officer of Health will be issued to further reinforce the need for cases and close contacts to follow public health direction.
Individuals who are symptomatic are asked to attend assessment clinics."
To view the full press release, please visit: https://www1.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/About-Us/News-Releases/ArticleID/812/COVID-19-Critical-Threshold
*Vaccination information provided on this page is from the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit.
Vaccination Schedule: Detailed Vaccine Schedule for April 12 (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)
For week of April 12, vaccinations will focus on: clients 60+ (Hockey Hubs); First Nation Communities; any remaining phase 1 qualifying residents; congregate settings, family health team clinics; participating pharmacies, immunocompromised focused clinics, school and childcare staff, those with the highest and high risk health conditions. Other Currently Eligible Groups (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)
The following page has been provided as a resource to residents and business owners regarding COVID-19.
To report an Emergency Order violation, please contact The Town By-Law Department by calling 1-519-599-3131 ext. 249
This section contains the most recent Town news, updates and press releases as related to COVID-19.
To view all press releases and notices issued by the Town, please visit the Newsroom.
|Press Release||Date Issued|
|April 15, 2021|
|Notice- 320 Doses of Vaccine Administered at Drive-Thru Clinic In Thornbury on Saturday||April 12, 2021|
|Notice- COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Saturday April 10th at the Beaver Valley Community Centre||April 9, 2021|
|Notice- Closure of Town Facilities in Response to Provincial Stay at Home Order||April 7, 2021|
|Notice - Update Regarding Town Facilities in Response to Provincial Emergency Brake Shutdown Beginning April 3||April 2, 2021|
|Notice- Town Hall Reopening on February 22 with Safety Measures in Place||February 19, 2021|
|Notice- The Town Reminds Residents and Visitors to Remain Vigilant Against COVID-19||February 18, 2021|
To view press releases issued by the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, please visit the Public Health website.
Every week, Mayor Soever publishes a weekly video to help keep residents informed and to share news and information related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The weekly videos are posted to the Town's YouTube account. To view the videos, please visit: Town of The Blue Mountains YouTube Account
As of March 25, 2020, Mayor Alar Soever has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of The Blue Mountains in accordance with Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The decision was made in conjunction with the Towns leadership team and Emergency Control Group in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the community.
What does "State of Emergency Mean?
An emergency is defined under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as “a situation, or an impending situation that constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons or substantial damage to property and that is caused by the forces of nature, a disease or other health risk, an accident or an act whether intentional or otherwise” [Section 1, definition of an emergency].
Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, only the head of council of a municipality (or his or her designate) and the Lieutenant Governor in Council or the Premier have the authority to declare an emergency. The Premier, the head of council, as well as a municipal council, have the authority to terminate an emergency declaration [Sections 4 (1), (2), (4)].
The declaration of an emergency provides the Head of Council with certain tools to address the situation including, but not limited to, those listed below.
General and Government:
Economic and Financial:
This section contains an overview of the status of Town operations as related to COVID-19. The Town's leadership team is meeting regularly to assess the situation. The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to assure residents and visitors that all critical and essential municipal services will continue to operate as normal.
The following list highlights the status of municipal services at this time:
Residents are reminded that a variety of Town services are available online.
Online services include:
To access online services, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/online-services.cfm
The Town is working with government agencies, industry partners and local business leaders to be able to effectively identify actions to support businesses in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
The following section contains links to various business resources and financial support information:
A resource that summarizes the available government economic response initiatives can be found by visiting: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses has launched a Small Business Help Centre to help business owners understand the support programs that are available: https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/small-business-resources-dealing-covid-19
Details regarding Provincial program are available by visiting: https://www.ontario.ca/page/stopping-spread-covid-19
Details regarding Federal programs are available by visiting: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan/covid19-businesses.html
At the March 30, 2020 Special Meeting, Council endorsed the establishment of a Community Recovery Task Force. The Task Force will be responsible for coordination and implementation of recovery and relief efforts including the consideration, development and implementation of programs to support and assist the Community and its stakeholders in reinvigorating our local and regional economies throughout the COVID – 19 Pandemic and its recovery process. The Task Force is not a Committee of Council.
For more information on the Task Force, visit the dedicated webpage.
Everyone should practice good basic hygiene as a preventative measure to protect against the novel coronavirus and other viruses in this cold and flu season.
For details about the current status of COVID-19, and ways you can protect yourself, visit the Grey Bruce Public Health website.