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Guelph/Eramosa implements proactive measures as a precaution to limit further transmission of the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

  • As of June 12, face coverings are required to be worn inside all commercial businesses in Wellington County. This decision was made by the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Medical Officer of Health. Read Emergency Order No. 1
  • In response to the Stage 3 announcement by the Province, Dr. Mercer has updated her Section 22 Order on the use of face coverings in commercial establishments effective July 14. Read Emergency Order No. 2. 
  • On September 15, in response to the increasing number of cases in our region, Dr. Mercer announced updates to the Section 22 Order on the use of face coverings which will take effect on September 18. Read Emergency Order No. 3

Mandatory screening procedures will be in place at the entrances of all County buildings, and individuals will be required to have their temperature taken by staff, wear a face covering and respect physical distancing protocols at all times inside our facilities.


ROCKWOOD, Ontario, March 23, 2020 –  Mayor Chris White, along with the County of Wellington and all lower-tier municipalities,  has declared a State of Emergency for Guelph/Eramosa Township in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. MEDIA RELEASE- THE COUNTY AND ALL SEVEN MEMBER MUNICIPALITIES DECLARE EMERGENCIES

Township of Guelph/Eramosa’s first priority is the safety of our residents and staff.

The Township is making significant changes to services and programming in response to new and ongoing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATES REGARDING SERVICES, CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:

Information is changing rapidly. Please check back often for new information and updates.

  • The Township’s Municipal Office (8348 Wellington Road 124) will be closed to the public until further notice, however, please be advised that:

    • A minimal amount of staff are present in the building and are available via phone and e-mail to assist members of the public. However,  there will be no staff-public interactions.

With the Ontario government imposing a stay-at-home order as a result of a surge in COVID-19 cases across the province, all in-person Recreation Programs are suspended and all Township Facilities are closed for a minimum 28 day period effective April 8, 2021 at 12:01am.

Impacts to service delivery:

  • All municipal buildings are closed to the public, including Community Centres, Rockmosa OAC and the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre
  • All indoor recreational activities have been suspended. A variety of virtual recreational programs are available, please visit www.get.on.ca/fitness for more information
  • All organized outdoor recreational activities provided by the Rockmosa Older Adult Centre have been suspended 
  • The following outdoor park amenities have been closed by Provincial Order: 

    - All sports fields including soccer, lacrosse and baseball                                                                                - Tennis courts, table tennis and pickleball                                                                                                  - Basketball courts                                                                                                                                                                 - Skate parks                                                                                                                                                                  - Picnic Shelters

What park amenities can you use under the new Provincial Order?

Township parks are still open for pass through use or walking, please don’t congregate or play group activities in the parks while we are under this Provincial Order.
All Township owned trails are open
The Play structures in our parks are open
The leash free dog park at Rockmosa Park is open
The community garden will be open to prepare for food production

Please maintain physical distancing of at least two meters at all times.

Facility rentals & bookings

  • All indoor and outdoor facility rentals have been cancelled for the period of the closure. If you have a facility booking during the closure, you will receive a credit or a refund on your account for the cancelled permit.

Enforcement

If you have concerns that physical distancing or the provincial regulations are not being followed please contact:

  • Wellington County OPP: 519 856 1506
  • Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health: 800 265 7293

Information about the Royal Distributing Performance Athletic Centre can be found here.

Open Air Burn Permits

  • Information on how to obtain a burn permit can be found here.

Building Permits

  • Effective Monday, May 19, 2020, the Building Department will resume accepting all building permit applications and issuing all building permits. For more information, please visit the Building Department's webpage.

Dog Tag Licences

  • The municipal drinking water and sanitary system will continue to be maintained.
  • In-home service requests and water meter services are cancelled until further notice.
  • Water and wastewater staff continue to maintain the township systems to ensure that safe efficient delivery of drinking water and collection of wastewater.  Emergency and non-emergency enquiries continue to be received during regular business hours through regular phone and email methods.  Afterhours emergencies also continue to be reported through the after-hours 519-856-9596 ext. 150 for distribution to the appropriate on-call staff.
  • Residents are reminded to not flush disinfectant wipes, baby wipes or even paper towels.  Toilet paper is the only item which should be flushed.  Items such as wipes do not break down and will cause blockages in sewer mains and may clog pumps and treatment processes.

  • There is a secure 24/7 mail drop box at the Township Municipal Office, located at 8348 Wellington Road 124 and during regular business hours, the vestibule will be open for members of the public to drop off tax or water bill payments but there will be no interactions between staff and the public at this time.
  • The Water Billing  and Tax Departments would like to remind residents that the Township does offer the option of receiving your bills through email billing.  
    • If you wish to receive your water bill through email,  please click here for more information. 
    • If you wish to receive your tax bill through email, please click here for more information.
  • We would also like to remind residents that the Township offers online banking and pre-authorized payment as additional options for water bill and tax payments:
    • 1)      Online Banking - please go to your financial institution’s online banking app or website and sign in.  In the search bar you will enter Guelph/Eramosa and proceed with set up.
    • 2)      Pre-authorized Payment Plan – click here and complete the PAP Enrollment Form and forward to: 
      • Water Department: kskinnerosmond@get.on.ca. You will be advised through email when your PAP set up has been completed.
      • Tax Department: lvanalstine@get.on.ca. You will be advised through email when your PAP set up has been completed.

 

  • The Township of Guelph/Eramosa is currently holding all Council meetings electronically through videoconference (ZOOM) until further notice. Information about meetings, agendas and minutes can be found here.
  • All Committee of the Whole meetings have been cancelled until 2021.
  • The Planning Department will continue to provide service and accept/process applications, but please note that processing and response times may be affected during this time.
  • Beginning May 26, all County waste facilities will be re-opening with their regular operating hours. Reuse Centres and textile bins will remain closed at all sites until further notice. Visit the County of Wellington's website for more information.

  • The County of Wellington is offering yard-waste collection and here is what you need to know:

    • Materials must be placed at the curb by 7:00 am on the Monday of your scheduled collection week. The scheduled collection weeks for Guelph/Eramosa are April 27 and May 18. It may take a few days to collect each area; however, collection crews will not be re-visiting any streets.

    • Leaves and yard waste must be placed in Kraft paper yard waste bags, or suitable re-usable containers clearly identified as yard waste. Materials placed out loose or in plastic bags will not be collected.

    • Each bag, reusable container, or bundle must not exceed 18.2 kg (40 lbs).

    • Small sticks must be bundled and be no longer than 90 cm (3’) in length. Large branches, trunks and stumps will not be collected.

    • For residents in rural areas, please store your materials on your property until waste facilities are re-opened.

    • Remember, if you have any questions, please contact the County of Wellington.

  • Important information from Wellington County regarding User Pay Garbage Bags: Our staff are making deliveries to our retailers to ensure that User Pay bag inventory remains available. The County is also offering a temporary home delivery service for User Pay garbage bags. Orders can be placed and processed online at www.wellington.ca/wasteinfo. Residents unable to access this service online can call 519.837.2601 and arrangements will be made.  
  • The County of Wellington issued the media release on March 25, 2020 regarding Waste Disposal During COVID-19.
  • The County of Wellington issued this media release on March 20, 2020 regarding Waste Disposal During COVID-19.
  • Public works continues to maintain the road and drainage networks.  Emergency and non-emergency public works inquires can be made through regular phone and email methods.  Staff are available to respond as needed.  Afterhours emergencies also continue to be reported through the after-hours at 519-856-9596 ext. 150 for distribution to the appropriate on-call staff.
  • The Township will be responding only to emergency by-law enforcement and property standards complaints as they relate directly to the immediate health and safety of our community. No inspections within a dwelling unit will take place at this time.

For additional information on COVID-19 please visit Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health's Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

Additional Resources
As we collectively work through this challenging period together, the Township would also like to share helpful resources that are available. We encourage you to visit the County of Wellington's COVID-19 Support and Resources page for government resources, and business, agriculture, and economic development supports.
 
For more information, please contact:
Ian Roger, P.Eng.
Chief Administrative Officer
519-856-9596 ext. 105
iroger@get.on.ca

*Last updated April 7, 2021

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