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Message from the Mayor - April 20, 2021

Message from the Mayor - April 20, 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR - APRIL 20, 2021   (click to view PDF version)

On Friday, April 16, 2021, the Province of Ontario extended the current Stay-at-Home Order which came into affect on April 8, 2021, by two more weeks. This Order is now set to last until at least May 20, 2021. Although initially closing playgrounds, Premier Ford has since reversed that decision. The skate park however, along with outside fitness equipment, picnic tables, soccer and baseball fields and tennis courts are currently shutdown. Signs will be going up shortly to notify users. Other restrictions include prohibiting interprovincial travel except for essential purposes, shutting down non-essential construction and giving police the power to question people who are outside their homes. According to the Province, we are losing the battle between variants and vaccines.

We would like to remind the public that the provincial rules and regulations are changing quite regularly, and rules that have been imposed are in some cases, being redacted shortly thereafter. The municipality is doing its best to give the correct information to the residents in the timeliest manner. It’s anticipated that further changes will be made and we will continue to keep our residents apprised as we hear more.

With this recent announcement, I would like to confirm that the municipal building remains open, library is open via curbside pick-up/drop-off only and the Museum remains closed for the duration of the shutdown. We request that patrons, instead of coming into the office, try to use alternative methods for municipal services as much as possible, to reduce the community exposure and non-essential visits. Some examples are provided by visiting the following link:

https://www.mycallander.ca/en/news-alerts/show/municipal-services-update-following-stay-at-home-order-

For more information on the “Stay-at-Home Order”, including what is open and closed during this time, please click the following link:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions.

To remind everyone, the Municipality will continue to accept soccer registrations, in hopes that we will be able to host a joint program with East Ferris again this year. The Municipality is also working with East Ferris to arrange for summer swimming lessons. Registration for this program should be available shortly. These recreational programs will go ahead unless restrictions are imposed by the Province.

Vaccines continue to be distributed in our area, and appointments can be made online. The following link details where we are at with the vaccine rollout:

https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/covid-19-vaccine.asp#Rollout.

Please continue to take part in the Recreation Committee’s weekly activity challenges for families to take part in. We are enjoying seeing the photos of our Callander families taking part in this initiative. More information can be found on the Municipality’s Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/MunicipalityOfCallander/

As always, and I cannot stress this enough, continue to support our local businesses where you can and please continue to follow all safety protocols, as recommended. Stay safe.

Mayor Robb Noon

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