Municipality of Middlesex Centre
COVID-19 Update, March 24, 2020
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Aina DeViet
Message from the Mayor

It’s only a week since we declared the municipal “State of Emergency” and announcements and updates have been coming regularly since then. Staff members have continued to adapt and refine procedures to ensure delivery of essential services continues uninterrupted, while at the same time focusing on health and safety requirements to maintain a good working environment. Please continue to check our website for updates on closures or changes to services, as well as links to information and announcements from various agencies and organizations.

We’ve had some good news from the Provincial government, which just announced funding for relief and protection of the most vulnerable. These funds are managed through the County, and are focused on community services including shelters for the homeless and assistance to food banks. The funds will also be used to help those who can’t apply for funds from the federal programs announced earlier to cover costs like rent, child care and food. While the news of assistance from both levels of government is welcome, it’s clear more will need to be done to help those facing challenges to meet basic needs.

I spent time this past weekend calling neighbours and catching up with people to understand how things had changed for them, what they have been experiencing and what their thoughts are about what is transpiring. The scope of the pandemic and its various impacts – on our financial well-being, on our families, friends and social activities, and mental and physical health – and the long-term changes for all of us are clearly being thought about and discussed.

I noted in my last update that I was gladdened by the way neighbours were helping each other out and just getting needed things done. This is key and is what will make the difference between communities that “survive” and those that “thrive.” The funding programs from both levels of governments are absolutely essential, but I believe community support will make the difference for food banks, shut-ins, those who have to isolate, and businesses in our communities. 

Middlesex Centre has a longstanding tradition of volunteer, community and charity work. Let’s all continue to work together! Call to check in on your neighbours to see if they need supplies, some help, or simply would appreciate a few minutes of conversation. Deliver a bowl of soup or some of your favorite comfort food to someone who you know is under the weather. Since it’s difficult to get certain goods and staples at the grocery store, donate gift cards or cash to the food bank in Ailsa Craig, which covers our area.

I’d also like to give a shout-out to all of you who are doing your part “to flatten the curve” by staying home and physically distancing when outside. This is an important step we can all take to help contain the spread of the virus.

Again, thanks for all you do!
Aina

Mayor Aina DeViet, Middlesex Centre
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Municipal Services Update

Although the municipal office is closed, staff are working to provide as many services as possible at this time.

  • Building Permits: Reviews & Inspections Available
  • Waste & Recycling: Collection Schedule as Normal
  • Parks: Open (Practice Social Distancing)
  • Playgrounds & Sports Fields: Closed
  • Arenas, Rec Centres & Community Centres: Closed
  • Weddings & Licencing: Unavailable

Essential services like emergency response and water/wastewater treatment continue to operate.

Please visit middlesexcentre.on.ca/covid19 for up-to-date information on municipal services. You'll find links to social services such as Ontario 211 and funding supports for residents, farmers and local businesses. You'll also find reliable COVID-19 information sources.

Staying in Touch

Municipal staff are available by telephone and email. To reach us, visit the staff directory on our website.
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Playgrounds now Closed

Based on the recommendation of public health officials, Middlesex Centre playgrounds are closed.

This includes skateparks, ball diamonds, soccer fields, outdoor hockey rinks, and hard surface courts like tennis, pickleball and basketball courts.

Middlesex Centre parks are open, however practice common sense if you are heading out:

  • Please don't visit our parks if you or your children are unwell.
  • Please don't congregate in groups or let your children gather in groups.
  • Please follow the advice regarding physical distancing, and stay 6 feet away from others

Other Parks & Trails in our Community

Komoka Provincial Park is closed along with all provincial parks.

Local conservation areas may be closed and/or have reduced hours, services, etc. Check with the respective conservation authority for updates before you head out.
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Guidelines for
Safe Waste Disposal

Bluewater Recycling Association is continuing to collect waste and recycling on your usual collection day.

However, they are asking for your help to keep their employee's safe at this time. They have put out new guidelines for safe waste disposal during global COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Bag all waste. Do not place waste loosely in garbage containers
  • If you’re sick: Place ANY item that has come into contact with your mouth, nose or eyes into the garbage – even items that you normally place into your recycling bin (e.g. water/beverage bottles, pop cans, etc.).
COVID-19: Farm & Business Resources & Supports

We have pulled together links and resources for farms & businesses, including a link to Invest in Middlesex's detailed resource guide to help businesses navigate the many supports available to them and their employees.

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Municipality of Middlesex Centre
Phone: 519-666-0190