COVID-19 Pandemic Response - image of hands reaching out to each otherThis page was last updated April 9, 2020, at 6:30 pm

The Township of Algonquin Highlands is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Resources

Haliburton Cares

Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Pine Ridge Health Unit

County of Haliburton

Government of Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health

Self-Assessment tool

How to Self-Isolate

Social Distancing

We are working to put into effect community based measures that will protect residents of Algonquin Highlands, and our surroundings, in order to do our part to slow the spread of the virus.

New information continues to be communicated by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario and the County of Haliburton in regard to preventative measures for communities.

Public Notices

Release #20-10 April 9, 2020 - Boat Launches and Restricted Fire Zone Reminder
Joint Release April 9, 2020 - Re: Building Services
Release #20-09 April 7, 2020 - Boat Launches, Enforcement and Event Cancellation
Release #20-08 April 3, 2020 - Provincial Fire Ban and Landfill Operations

Release #20-07 March 31, 2020 - Park Closures & By-Law Enforcement Patrols
Release #20-06 March 30, 2020 - Septic system care
Release #20-05 March 27, 2020 -  Township Operations update
Release #20-04 March 24, 2020 -  Township Operations update
Release #20-03 March  20, 2020 - Township Operations update
Release #20-02 March 19, 2020 - Landfill Operations changes
Release #20-01 March 17, 2020 - Township Operations changes
COVID-19 Pandemic preparedness

Background information

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic and that the rates of infection continue to rise. On March 17, 2020 the province of Ontario declared a State of Emergency.

The Township of Algonquin Highlands Emergency Operations Centre has convened and are meeting regularly to monitor the situation and are encouraging the public to regularly check the Township website and local media outlets for updates.  This page will be updated daily or as new information becomes available.

Keeping Informed

Another way to stay up to date is to sign up for “News and Notices” at https://www.algonquinhighlands.ca/news-notices.php.If you are arriving home from travels outside of Canada you must self-isolate for 14 days.  Do not stop for groceries or run errands on your way home.  Services are available to assist you if you need anything.  Many grocery stores will now deliver, or call on friends or family to drop off needed items.

  • All press releases will be shared through the News and Notices webpage and if you sign up, you will be notified by e-mail as soon as they are posted.
  • For changes in at landfill sites and waste disposal, you can sign up to receive information through the Waste Wizard - click on Waste Event Calender and then "get a reminder".  In addition, information in the Waste Wizard will be updated regularly.

We will continue to communicate all information by means of media broadcasting and media releases to radio stations, local newspapers and our website.

Impact on Municipal Services

At this time, all Township offices and facilities are closed to the public.  Most services are available via phone. As staff are working remotely, please leave a message for the respective staff member when calling the municipal office. Staff are able to receive voicemails at their remote locations and will respond as quickly as possible

Special measures have been implemented for a number of services, please visit the following pages for additional information and resources:

Waste Services – garbage, recycling, landfills
Building, By-Law and Planning – including building permits, inspections, planning information, and by-law questions
Parks and Recreation – including community centres, recreation programs, trails and camping permits
Taxes and other administrative services – including tax payments, accounts receivable, cemeteries

Water Taps 
  • The Township’s public water taps remain open and all users are reminded that these are public facilities where extraordinary hygiene protocols are required.
Public Washrooms
  • At the request of the Health Unit, public washrooms remain available at the Dorset Parkette, Elvin Johnson Park, Stanhope Courts and Playing Field, as well as our Water Trail access points.  
  • These facilities are regularly checked and cleaned however, users are asked to undertake appropriate hygiene protocols.
WiFi Locations
  • Public Wi-Fi hotspots remain available at the following locations;
    • Stanhope Public Library
    • Stanhope, Dorset and Oxtongue Community Centres
    • Stanhope Municipal Airport (please note that the deck is closed for physical distancing purposes)
    • Township Office at 1123 North Shore Road
  • Users are asked to be considerate of bandwidth consumption due to increased attendance at public WiFi sites.
Airport
  • The terminal building remains closed to the public.
  • Fuel remains available via the card lock system.
  • Aviation operations that don’t involve staff or any interaction continue.
  • Emergency services such as Hydro One, Ornge and MNRF retain full access to the airport.
Fire Services
  • Restricted Fire Zone - No Fires - No outdoor burning at any timeFire Services will continue to operate at full capacity with universal precautions in place.
  • Permits for Daytime burning have been suspended. 
  • Effective April 3, 2020, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone (RFZ) across the entire fire region of Ontario which includes Algonquin Highlands.  This means no open air fires including burning of grass, debris and campfires.  Note that charges and /or fines are being enforced.  Details are available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/outdoor-fire-restrictions.
Library Services
  • The Stanhope Library is closed to the public.
  • The Library Book Depot at the Dorset Recreation Centre is closed.
Council
  • All Regular Council meetings and Council Committee meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

Resources

Haliburton Cares

Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Pine Ridge Health Unit

County of Haliburton

Government of Canada

Ontario Ministry of Health

Self-Assessment tool

How to Self-Isolate

Social Distancing

Other helpful information
     - not from official government sources

Local business updates (closures, hours, etc.)

Haliburton Highlands Health Services - Visit the HHHS website for details regarding their new visitor protocol

Dorset Health HubThe Dorset Community Health Hub has advised that they have a Pandemic Policy in place and are continuing primary care.

Shopping safely

Complaints regarding inappropriate or illegal gatherings

OPP
1-888-310-1122
  • Concerns about a non-essential business remaining open or providing services;
  • Concerns about gatherings of 5 or more people on private property
Township of Algonquin Highlands, Building and By-Law Department
705-489-2379
  • Concerns about gatherings of 5 or more people on Municipal property.
Public Health Agency of Canada
613-614-4754 (from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
  • Concerns regarding someone who is supposed to be in quarantine.

For Emergency Services call: 911

The public is reminded that 911 is for emergency purposes only.  
The OPP is available by calling 1-888-310-1122 for all other non-emergency situations