COVID 19

As of January 12, 2021 the Province of Ontario has announced tighter restrictions in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. As part of the new restrictions, the Province has issued a “stay at home order”. People should only go out only for essential trips, such as to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. By implementing these measures and asking everyone to stay home, we can stay safe and save lives. Click here to read more about the measures that will take effect. The Township continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation through Peterborough Public Health (PPH).  PPH is working closely with local, provincial and federal partners to manage and respond effectively.   

The Township of Cavan Monaghan Municipal office will be closed to the public until further notice but staff are available by phone 705-932-2929, email services@cavanmonaghan.net  or by video conference. A complete staff directory is available on the Township website at www.cavanmonaghan.net 

All facilities (i.e. Community Centre, Millbrook Arena, and Dorthey Stevens) remain closed to the Public. The Millbrook and Bruce Johnston branches of the Cavan Monaghan Libraries are open with contactless, curbside, delivery and pick-up. Please visit their website for a list of available hours.

Council meetings will continue to be held as scheduled via the Zoom Platform. As a member of the public you are welcome to speak to Council. Mechanisms are in place to allow you to make a delegation electronically and/or for the Township to hold a Public Meeting. Please contact the Clerk’s department for more information: 705-932-9326. Meetings are also live streamed to the Township’s YouTube™ channel.

Stay-at-Home Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 How long is the order in place?

The enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are in effect for all of Ontario and are anticipated to be in place until at least Thursday, February 11, 2021.
 Can I go outside my home at all?

While staying at home is the best way to protect yourself, trips outside the home for essential purposes are permitted. Essential purposes include; 

  • Accessing health care and medication
  • Grocery shopping
  • Child care
  • Exercise (alone or with the people you live with) within the community you live
  • Walking pets when required
  • Supporting vulnerable community members to meet the above listed needs
 Is the Township Office Open?

Due to the Provincial shutdown the Township of Cavan Monaghan Municipal office will be closed to the public until further notice but staff will be available by phone 705-932-2929, email services@cavanmonaghan.net or by video conference. A complete staff directory is available on the Township website at www.cavanmonaghan.net.

All facilities (i.e. Community Centre, Millbrook Arena, and Dorthey Stevens) remain closed to the Public.  The Millbrook and Bruce Johnston branches of the Cavan Monaghan Libraries are open with contactless, curbside, delivery and pick-up.  Please visit their website for a list of available hours.  

Council meetings will continue to be held as scheduled via the Zoom Platform. As a member of the public you are welcome to speak to Council. Mechanisms are in place to allow you to make a delegation electronically and/or for the Township to hold a Public Meeting. Please contact the Clerk’s department for more information: 705-932-9326. Meetings are also live streamed to the Township’s YouTube™ channel.

 How do I pay my taxes and/or water bill?
Customers wishing to pay bills have a number of options available to them. A complete list of payment options are available on the Township website.
 Will my garbage and recycling still be picked up?
Garbage and Recycling will continue to operate as scheduled.

The Transfer Station remains open however social-distancing protocols require that there will be a maximum limit of 5 cars in the Transfer Station. One of the attendants will be controlling the traffic at the front and our Public Works team will set up traffic flow measures. The Re-Use Centre is closed until further notice. The Peterborough County-City Landfill is open to the general public but is operating under new restrictions as part of the growing efforts to reduce close contact that could spread COVID-19. Please review the information regarding these new restrictions before visiting.

 What about public skating? 

While indoor recreational amenities are required to be closed, some outdoor recreational activities such as ice rinks are permitted. Use good judgement and be mindful that:

  • An outdoor gathering of more than 5 people who are not from the same household is not permitted.
  • People gathering outside must adhere to physical distancing measures
  • Wear a face mask both indoors and outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained.

For more detailed information on organized public events and social gatherings please visit the Provincial release “Enhancing public health and workplace safety measures in the provincewide shutdown” Item 7

 Will the Municipality set up an outdoor rink at the Old Millbrook School?
Not at this time. While outdoor rinks are permitted, protecting residents is our priority. Many residents have set up back yard and neighbourhood rinks. While using these facilities we ask that people observe the rules for outdoor gathering limitations, social distancing measures and face masks.
 Can I go snowmobiling or cross-country skiing?
Yes.  Snowmobile, cross-country, dogsledding, ice-skating and snow-shoe trails are all permitted outdoor activities.  Use good judgement, observe the rules for outdoor gathering limitations, social distancing measures and face masks.
I live alone! Does this order mean I cannot interact with other people?
Not necessarily! While virtual gatherings are the safest way for you to connect with others, individuals who live alone and single parents may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation. 
My parents/family live in another city in Ontario. Can I go visit them?
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Travel outside your region is not recommended and should be limited to only essential purposes.
Can I go to the dentist/eye doctor?
Yes. Dentists and eye doctors are considered “regulated health professionals” and as such are permitted to open under the Provincewide Shutdown.

I have a loved one that is getting married.  Can I go?

Wedding services, funeral services and other religious services, rites or ceremonies are permitted where physical distancing can be maintained and are in compliance with rules on face coverings:
  • 10 people indoors
  • 10 people outdoors
Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. Travel outside your region is not recommended and should be limited to only essential purposes.

Where can I get more information?

To stay up-to-date on the situation we are encouraging residents to visit this page and/or subscribe to the page for immediate updates.

Other official resources for COVID-19 Updates include;

Peterborough Public Health
Ontario Ministry of Health
Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000
Public Health Ontario
Public Health Agency of Canada
Residents are reminded that 9-1-1 is for police, fire, or medical emergencies when immediate action is required.

 Provincial Relief Programs

  • Ontario Small Business Support Grant - Get COVID-19 relief funding for your business!
    Ontario is helping businesses recover costs for personal protective equipment and providing extra support for businesses required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial public health measures.
  • Support for Learners Program - In January 2021, students aged 13 through Grade 12 will be eligible for funding under an expanded Support for Learners program. Parents or guardians will receive a one-time payment of $200 per eligible student to help offset education expenses. Support will be available for those who attend a public or private school or who are homeschooled.
  • COVID Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) - Any residential, small business, or registered charity customer with an overdue electricity or natural gas bill will now be eligible to apply. A residential customer can receive up to $750 to help cover their electricity bill and an additional $750 for their natural gas bill. Small businesses can receive up to $1500 for each

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