Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents and staff. We are taking precautionary steps to protect our staff and community from COVID-19. We have closed all offices, facilities, and non-essential services until further notice.

The following essential services will be operating as usual

  • Water/wastewater
  • Fire Services
  • Waste Management
  • Transportation Services
  • Cemetery services as required

Our after-hours call centre is activated and can assist you 24 hours a day with animal control, water,  sewer or road emergencies. 

If you have a fire emergency please call 911.

If you require Cemetery Services please contact 519 538-1060 and leave a message in our  general mailbox.

How to Stay Safe

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. 

There is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19.

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick

For the latest updates on the status of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce, please visit the Grey Bruce Public Health Website. 

Closures and Cancellations

Facilities

The following facilities are closed to the public until further notice:

  • Municipal Administration Office (21 Trowbridge Street West)
  • 7th Line Meaford Council Chambers
  • Bognor, Woodford, and Riverside Community Halls
  • Meaford Hall
  • Meaford Public Library
  • Meaford Museum
  • Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre/Arena

Meaford Hall

Meaford Hall staff are working with agents and artists to reschedule all events taking place between now and April 15th. Patrons will be notified by email as the new dates are confirmed. Updates can also be found on the Meaford Hall website and facebook page.

Council and Committee Meetings
Regularly scheduled Municipality of Meaford Council and Committee meetings have been cancelled until April 14th as a precautionary measure to protect our community and staff from COVID-19.  A special meeting of Council can be called if necessary and the agenda will be circulated and posted on the website with as much notice as possible. 
Meaford Moves+ Accessible Transit
The Meaford Moves+ accessible transit service has been cancelled until further notice. Any riders with appointments already booked will be contacted directly. No new appointments will be booked at this time.
 Programs and Events

Recreation Programs

All recreation programs including fitness, sports, March Break programming, and public skating have been cancelled. If you registered for a program through perfectmind and paid a registration fee, you will receive and automatic refund.

Meaford Hall

Meaford Hall staff are working with agents and artists to reschedule all events taking place between now and April 15th. Patrons will be notified by email as the new dates are confirmed. Updates can also be found on the Meaford Hall website and facebook page.

Events

The following municipal events have been cancelled or postponed. They may be rescheduled at a later date:

Cancelled: GTHS Rabies and Microchip Clinic

The Rabies and Microchip Clinic in partnership with Georgian Triangle Humane Society scheduled for March 21, 2020 has been cancelled. It may be rescheduled at a later date.

Cancelled: Job Fair

The Meaford and Area Job Fair scheduled for April 9, 2020 has been cancelled.

Cancelled: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner scheduled for April 22, 2020 has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule this event later in the year.

Additional Service Changes

  • The Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day scheduled for April 18, 2020 has been cancelled, as well as electronics waste drop off until April 14th, 2020. To stay up-to-date on changes to waste services, sign up for notifications on our Garbage and Recycling page.
  • No further exemptions to load restrictions will be issued. For more information, see our Load Restrictions page.
  • Early-bird pricing for dog tags has been extended until May 15, 2020. For more information about getting a dog tag, see our Animal Services page.
  • No further Planning or Building Permit applications will be accepted at this time. Public meetings scheduled prior to April 14th, 2020 for ongoing Planning Act applications and the 2020 Community Improvement Plan (CIP) update have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled following a return to usual operations. For more information, see our Planning and Development page.
  • CAO Rob Arnstrong was scheduled to bring a report to Council in March regarding the TC Energy Pumped Storage proposal. Due to the cancellation of Council meetings, this report has been delayed and will be presented at the next available Coubcil meeting. The DND has extended the commenting deadline until July 31, 2020. For more information, see the DND Pumped Storage Project webpage.
  • Meaford parks and green spaces are open nd a great way to spend time outdoors while practicing social distancing. As the COVID-19 virus can survive outdoors in the current weather conditions, play structures have the potential of spreading germs from person to person. To control the spread of the virus we have closed our play structures. To find all of the parks and green spaces in our community, visit our Parks Webpage.

Precautions

Here are some additional precautions we are taking to ensure public safety and work continuity:

  • The Meaford Fire Department has implemented the additional screening of all firefighters after every call to monitor their health and safety while supporting the public.
  • The Environmental Services Department which includes our water and wastewater facilities has implemented staff shifts to create separation that can promote the health of those employees while they continue to provide this essential service.
  • The Roads Department is continuing to inspect, monitor and maintain all Municipal roads in compliance with all policies and standards for safe driving conditions.
  • Facility Services staff are currently removing the ice at the Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre to prepare the facility should it be needed as an emergency centre to support the control of COVID-19.

FAQ

How long will the Municipality of Meaford facilities be closed?
The Municipality has enacted its Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) which is made up of senior management and the Mayor. The MECG is being proactive and communicating with Council, Public Health, Grey County, and upper levels of government to share information, monitor and assess the situation. The safety of our staff and the public is our number one priority. Re-opening of our facilities will follow recommendations from Federal, Provincial and the Grey Bruce Health Unit indicating it is safe for our staff and the public to do so.
Will my garbage continue to be picked up during the Municipal closure?

Miller Waste Systems has confirmed that garbage collection will continue, following their regularly scheduled service.

In an effort to protect their staff and the public they have implemented enhanced procedures of cleaning and personal protection.

Should a service disruption arise, we will communicate that to the public. Please monitor Meaford.ca and sign up for the Meaford Waste App to stay updated.

Why do I still need to use bag tags? Where can I buy them?

Curbside pickup is proceeding as usual, and we are asking residents to put bag tags on garbage bags.

The cost of garbage collection is covered by residents either through bag tags or through taxes. To limit the impact on taxes at this time the Municipality is continuing with the use of bag tags. We are taking long term effects into consideration, and will continue to reevaluate as the situation changes.

Our bag tag vendors are still stocked and operating at this time. 

Retail outlets include:

  • Rockford Service Centre
  • Owen Sound Food Basics
  • Annan Post Office
  • Meaford Ultramar
  • Bill's Valu Mart
  • Circle K
  • Foodland Thornbury
  • Meaford Rexall
  • Zet Variety
  • IDA Pharmacy Meaford
  • Home Hardware (Both Locations - Rice's and Knights)
  • Meaford Convenience Plus
  • Meaford Convenience and Pet Stop

If you need help purchasing bag tags due to self-isolation, please reach out to a trusted friend or family member, or sign up at www.thedo.ca to be connected with a volunteer who can assist you. Remember to follow the social distancing guideline provide by Public Health.

If the Municipal Administration Office is closed, how do I pay my water/wastewater bill, or taxes?
Although we cannot work with you in person, we are still able to accept payments through other safe methods. You are encouraged where possible to pay your bills electronically through your banking provider. If you prefer to provide to pay by cheque, payments can be placed in the drop-box to the left side of the front doors at the Municipal Administration Office located at 21 Trowbridge Street West. Please note because of the current facility closures, there will be extended times in processing cheque payments.
If I am unable to make my water payment or my payment is not processed in time, will the Municipality shut off my water?
The Municipality will not shut off anyone’s water services during the current Municipal facility closure. At this time when we are all faced with unusual circumstances as a result of COVID-19, we must work together. Municipal staff and Council are committed to continuing to support our residents and businesses to promote everyone’s health and wellness. 
During the Municipal Facility closure and the disruption of non-essential services, how are staff wages being handled?

There have already been rumours that Municipal staff have been laid-off or are getting paid overtime. 

All full-time non-essential staff continue to be paid based on their regularly scheduled hours. All full-time essential services staff will be paid based on the actual hours worked. Crossing Guards will be paid their regular hours based on their scheduled shifts, and part-time and casual staff will paid based on the hours worked.

Municipal staff value the service they provide to our community. They continue to work where they are required and able. The Municipality is required to meet the Provincial and Federal directives which requires non-essential services that generate public gatherings such as library, recreation facilities, arts and culture, special events to be closed for the public's safety. 

We will continue to operate the following essential services:

  • Water/wastewater
  • Fire Services
  • Waste Management
  • Transportation Services
  • Cemetery services as required     

Many non-essential staff are also working remotely where possible and will try to continue to address inquiries via email or phone.

Our after-hours call centre is activated and can assist you 24 hours a day with animal control, water,  sewer or road emergencies. 

If you have a fire emergency please call 911.

If you require Cemetery Services please contact 519 538-1060 and leave a message in our general mailbox.

Why is Council not continuing to meet?

The Province has announced a state of emergency. Under their recommendations public gatherings greater than 50 are not permitted at this time to promote social distancing. As an additional safety measure all of the area Municipalities have made the decision to cancel Council and Committee meetings.

Council can reconvene where necessary at the direction of the CAO and the Mayor.

You can continue to stay in touch with all members of Council through the Council contacts.

If the Municipal facilities are closed why is construction still happening on the new Library building and Trowbridge Street Bridge?

In the Province’s announcement regarding a State of Emergency, they have identified that construction can continue. As the Municipality has construction projects already underway or just starting they can continue under the responsibility of the construction contractor.  

Should new restrictions be implemented in response to COVID-19 that disrupt progress on construction projects, all work sites will be secured following all applicable policies and standards. 

Are the Municipal parks open and safe to use?

Enjoying the outdoors is an important part of your health and wellbeing. The Municipal parks, open spaces and trails are open and available for your enjoyment when careful steps are taken to reduce you and your family’s risk of exposure to the Coronavirus Covid-19 and protect your health.

When visiting the parks, open spaces and trails maintain social distancing at all times to prevent the spread of the virus and remember to be diligent about your hygiene practices: www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

As the COVID-19 virus can survive outdoors in the current weather conditions, play structures have the potential of spreading germs from person to person. To control the spread of the virus we have closed our play structures. As weather conditions change, the Municipality will consult with Grey Bruce Public Health regarding how play structures can be made safe from COVID-19.

Please remember that this time of year many water courses can experience higher than normal water levels and fast flowing water that should be avoided by everyone, including the family pet. 

Are there any guidelines around event planning?  

All organized public events of over fifty people are prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship. 

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