The Municipality of Kincardine Declares a State of Emergency

Bruce County Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

What is a Pandemic?

The WHO (World Health Organization) defines the word pandemic loosely - "the worldwide spread of a new disease".

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a pandemic is a disease that has spread in multiple countries around the world, usually affecting a large number of people.

The word comes from the Greek word "pan" meaning all and "demos" meaning people. 

 

 PREVENTION/SYMPTOMS

Prevention & How to Protect Yourself:

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact, for example, providing care for a person with COVID-19 in a household or health care setting or coming into direct contact with infectious body fluids of a person with COVID-19.

Everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Face masks are not recommended for the general public, except for people experiencing symptoms and who have been advised to wear a mask by a health care provider. 

 

Symptoms:

Symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe, and can include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

There are currently no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is currently no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people will recover on their own.

You should:

  • drink plenty of fluids
  • get rest and sleep as much as possible
  • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough
  • stay home if you are sick

If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

Kincardine has a COVID-19 assessment centre, visit https://www.sbghc.on.ca/ for details.  

For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada or the Ministry of Health.

 

 VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
 Vulnerable populations may include 

Anyone who is:

  • an older adult
  • at risk due to underlying medical conditions (e.g. heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer)
  • at risk due to a compromised immune system from a medical condition or treatment (e.g. chemotherapy)

Anyone who has:

  • difficulty reading, speaking, understanding or communicating
  • difficulty accessing medical care or health advice
  • difficulty doing preventive activities, like frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes
  • ongoing specialized medical care or needs specific medical supplies
  • ongoing supervision needs or support for maintaining independence
  • difficulty accessing transportation
  • economic barriers
  • unstable employment or inflexible working conditions
  • social or geographic isolation, like in remote and isolated communities
  • insecure, inadequate, or nonexistent housing conditions

For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada or the Ministry of Health

 TRAVEL
 There are several active travel health notices for COVID-19. Each country or area may have different levels of risk. These risk levels may change as the COVID-19 event evolves internationally. Many countries have put in place travel or border restrictions and other measures such as movement restrictions and quarantines.

The Government of Canada is advising to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. All travellers should be aware that there are health risks when you travel. It is important to check your destination before you leave to know the risks and to be prepared. 

The Government of Canada has put in place emergency measures that require mandatory 14-day self-isolation for all persons entering Canada, even if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Financial help for Canadians affected by COVID-19 outside Canada

Canada has announced the creation of the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad to help Canadians return home. For more information on this program, visit COVID-19: Financial help for Canadians outside Canada.

 MUNICIPAL CANCELLATIONS/INTERRUPTIONS

Please note that this list of cancellations/interruptions is for Municipality of Kincardine sanctioned events, activities, services and programs that may be affected due to the outbreak.  Please check back frequently for updates. 

As our local business community, organizations and event organizers are experiencing many additional closures and changes to their daily operations, we encourage you to contact them directly for up to date information.

 

Facility Closures as of noon March 17, 2020 to April 5, 2020 

Davidson Centre

Tiverton Sports Centre

Kincardine Fire Station & Tiverton Fire Station

Municipal Administration Centre

Visitors Information Centre

Kincardine Centre for the Arts

Kincardine Beach Pavilion

Connaught Agricultural Building

Whitney Crawford CC & Lions Hall

Brucedale Community Centre

Underwood Office & Community Centre

Kincardine Municipal Airport

Waste Management Centre

 

All Municipal Ward Shops

Kincardine Water Treatment Plant

Armow Hall

Kincardine Lighthouse

All Municipal Playgrounds

Dog Park

 

  

For cancellations at the Kincardine and Tiverton Library and all Bruce County Services please visit 

www.brucecounty.on.ca

WASTE MANAGEMENT CENTRE & CURB SIDE COLLECTION

The Waste Management Centre and Landfill is closed to the general public. Access to our general contractors will be made available Monday through Friday, regular business hours; please contact the Waste Management Centre to arrange site access.

 

The Municipality of Kincardine has received notice from Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling on March 24, 2020 that they will be disposing of recycling at the Municipal landfill until the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This was done due to safety concerns regarding the handling of individual waste items required for recycling. The health and safety of their employees is their top priority.

 

Cardboard bin collection at the Tiverton Public Library (56 King Street) and Parking Lot Soccer Fields (440 Bruce Ave East) locations will remain ongoing in the interim unless BASWR begins to encounter contamination issues.

 

The Municipality of Kincardine are encouraging residents, if they can, to hold their recyclables at home until the recycling pick up resumes. If you can not do this, recycling will be picked up as regularly scheduled and will be landfilled. This coincides with the practices that our neighbouring communities, Saugeen Shores and Huron-Kinloss, are implementing.

 

Please continue to monitor www.brucerecycling.com for curbside collection updates. Bag tags are still required and can be purchased at the following locations:

 

Kincardine:

• Circle K (cash only) 

• Canadian Tire Gas Bar (cash or debit)

• No Frills (cash, debit, or credit card)

• Hi-Way Variety (cash only)

• ESSO- Lake Mart (cash)

• Kwik K Variety and Bakery (cash)

• Sobey's (cash, debit, or credit card)

 

Tiverton: 

• Kwik Way (cash or debit)

 

Paisley:

• Paisley Fresh Mart (cash or debit)

 

 

TAXES AND OTHER MUNICIPAL PAYMENTS

Taxes and other Municipal payments can be paid by mail, the drop box at the Municipal Administrative Centre, online and telephone banking. Payments will continue to be processed on a daily basis. Please contact the Treasury Department if you have concerns about how to make your payments during this time.

You can pay any type of bill through online banking– taxes, utility, marina, general receivables, waste management, etc.

View our Payment Options for other ways to pay your bill.

If you are a vendor, sign up for EFT payments to receive your money directly into your bank account. Fill out the form and send back to us with a void cheque. 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

At this time, building permits will be accepted electronically by email. Please send the applicable forms and documents to buildings@kincardine.ca. If not possible to apply electronically, applications can be left at the Municipal drop box inside of the main doors of the Municipal Office, 1475 Concession 5, Kincardine. Review time will be delayed by 48 hours for all applications received by mail/drop off.

Once the application has been reviewed and is ready to be issued, applicants will be notified of application fees owing via email or phone. 

  • Payment preference is by on-line banking.  Add payee  “Municipality of Kincardine” (or Kincardine Municipality – depends on banking institution),  and selecting the non-tax option ie: water or utility and using “9999999” as the account number.  
  • It will be necessary to follow this with an e-mail to cashier@kincardine.caidentifying the building permit number, whose name will appear on the bank notification, the payment amount and date.  
  • In limited cases, payment can be made by way of cheque deposited into the Municipal drop box at the Municipal Office identified above. 
  • Once payment is received, the building permit will be issued electronically, or arrangements can be made to be picked up.

Mandatory building inspections will continue for non-occupied buildings. Occupied residential buildings will not be inspected until further notice. Inspections of non-occupied buildings will only be conducted if no persons are present during the inspection.

Plans for any new structure, addition or renovation must be approved. A Building Permit is your formal permission to start construction or demolition.

Mail, courier and other deliveries to the MAC will only be available on Mondays and Thursdays between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Payments can still be made to the drop box outside. Please call 519-396-3468 ext. 7116 if you need to make a delivery on those days. 

All other Building Department services will be conducted online or by telephone.:  buildings@kincardine.ca or 519-396-3468 ext. 7124

CLERKS DEPARTMENT 

The Municipality of Kincardine will not doing the commissioning of documents or issuing marriage licences - This is for during the time when the MAC is closed.

The Municipality of Kincardine will be limiting lottery licensing services. No new lottery licences will be issued during this time. Existing lottery licences may require accommodations through this period. To discuss how this will impact your existing licence, please contact Jennifer White.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Kincardine and Tiverton Fire Department buildings have been closed to the general public. Enquiries can be made at 519-396-2141 ext. 2, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Emergency Services will continue as normal and if you have an emergency, please dial 911 for assistance.

 

Burn Permits may be obtained by mailing a written request and/or the permit from last year with $10.00 to the address below, or by dropping the same in the mailbox at the address below. Please include your email address. There will be a waiting period of 48 hours to process the permits. Cheques are to be made payable to the Municipality of Kincardine.

 

Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services

127 Mahood Johnston Drive, Kincardine, ON  N2Z 3A2

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
The Public Works department in coordination with the Tall Trees Initiative have decided to postpone the spring Tall Trees Sale for this year.
RECREATION DEPARTMENT

- Kincardine Davidson Centre and the Tiverton Sports Centre are closed

- All recreation programs are cancelled or postponed

- Health Club memberships are on hold until the facilities reopen

- Municipal Playgrounds & the Dog Park have been closed until further notice due to the current situation of COVID-19. The playground equipment is closed to protect the health and safety of the public. For inquiries, please contact the Municipality of Kincardine Parks and Recreation Department at 519-396-3491.

 

Please be advised that registration for all of our Municipality of Kincardine Spring session of recreation programs on Active Net including swimming lessons, advanced aquatics courses, babysitting, stay safe and youth volleyball have been put on hold until further notice.

 

Summer daycamp registration will proceed as scheduled online on Tuesday, March 24th beginning at 7am, however, due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic there may be delays and/or modifications required for our summer daycamp program.

For assistance with registering please contact recsupervisor@kincardine.ca

 

KINCARDINE AIRPORT

Until further notice the Airport Terminal Building is closed to the public. Please note that the airport is being staffed as usual and Aviation Fuels are available from our Card Lock System.

Air side operations and maintenance projects will continue as usual.

You can continue to communicate with our Staff by phone 519-396-4454 or by email airportmanager@kincardine.ca

ANIMAL CONTROL
At this time Animal Control will still be available to pick up stray dogs, please contact us at (519-396-2287). Please submit all other By-law complaints via email to bylaw@kincardine.ca  Such complaints will be addressed as needed. All home visits will be postponed until April 5th, 2020 at the earliest. 
MUNCIPAL CEMETERIES
All active Municipality of Kincardine Cemeteries will be available for interments. Please contact the Cemetery Superintendent and your funeral home on current restrictions as they may change from day to day during the COVID-19 Pandemic. People are still able to visit gravesides at their discretion.
 FAQ's

Q. Will Council continue to meet during the State of Emergency?

 A. It is planned for Council to continue holding their meetings.  In order to protect the health and safety of participants, the meetings may take place using electronic means.  We are currently developing mechanisms to ensure public access to the meetings.  Details will be provided via the municipal website.

Q. Does the temporary closing of the Davidson Centre include the fitness facility?
A. Yes, the whole facility is closed.
Q. Will people with Health Club Membership receive an extension on their membership due to the closing?
A.Currently, all Health Club memberships have been placed on hold until April 6th when the building is scheduled to reopen. Should the building be closed for a longer period of time, we will continue to have your membership on hold. Once we are able to reopen, we will extend you membership, free of charge, for the duration we were closed.
Q. Is the walking track still open?
A. No. The entire Davidson Centre is temporarily closed.
UPDATE FROM THE MAYOR
23rd March 2020

 

 MORE INFORMATION
Grey Bruce Public Health Unit

https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/COVID-19

Public Health Ontario

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/

Government of Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Ministry of Health and Long term care

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/

South Bruce Grey Health Centre

https://www.sbghc.on.ca/

Brockton Area and Kincardine Family Health Teams

https://bakfht.ca/

 

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