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COVID-19 Information

The Municipality takes the health of residents and visitors very seriously and is carefully monitoring the situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to act with the best interests of our residents and it is crucial that we mitigate the risk to the community.

Before accessing municipal services or visiting municipal facilities we encourage residents to phone the Municipal Office at 519-294-6244.

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Mandatory use of Masks within Enclosed Publicly Accessible Spaces

At the July 22, 2020 Meeting of Council, North Middlesex Council passed By-Law 53 of 2020.  As an additional legislated measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections in the community, By-law 53 of 2020, temporarily requires the use of face coverings within enclosed publicly accessible spaces and requires the posting of signage by business operators.  The By-Law was adopted under the guidance and recommendation of the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the Medical Officer of Health.

This By-Law applies to all Establishments and Persons in the Municipality of North Middlesex. 

An Establishment means premises or any portion thereof which is indoors and are used as a place of business for the sale or offering for the sales of goods or services, including restaurants or the sale of any food or beverage, and includes a plaza or similar structure which contains multiple places of business. In addition, any premises where the public is ordinarily invited or permitted access to, whether or not a fee or memberships is charge for entry and includes:

  • Places of worship
  • Community centres, fitness centres, arena or any indoor recreational facilities
  • Libraries, art galleries, museum or other similar facilities
  • Community service agencies providing services to the public
  • Premises utilized as an open house, presentation centre or other facility for real estate purposes
  • Common areas of motels, bed and breakfast establishments and other short term rentals or with common use facilities
  • Municipal buildings
  • Other business, organizations and places that are permitted to operate in accordance with the Emergency Orders.

Establishments shall not include the following:

  • day cares, schools, post-secondary institutions, and other facilities used solely for educational purposes;
  • Medical Centre buildings used by regulated health professionals;
  • buildings owned or operated by the Province of Ontario or the Government of Canada;
  • portions of community centres, arenas or other buildings that are being used for the purpose of day camps for children or for the training of amateur or professional athletes;
  • school transportation vehicles;
  • professional offices that are not open to the public and are open by appointment only (such as a lawyer or accountant office);
  • indoor areas of buildings that are accessible to employees only.

All persons entering or remaining a publically accessible establishment shall wear a mask or face covering which covers the nose, mouth and chin.  Persons exempt to wear a mask of face covering include:

  • children under the age of twelve (12);
  • persons with an underling medical condition or disability which inhibits their ability to war a face covering,
  • persons who are unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance,
  • employees or agents of the operator of an enclosed public space within in area designated for them and not publically accessible, or in an area separated by a physical barrier,
  • persons who are reasonable accommodated by not wearing a face covering in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code R.S.O. 1990 c.19 as amended or in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA),
  • persons in an establishment, while receiving services involving the face and requiring the temporary removal of the face covering, including but not limited to eating or drinking, or while actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity or for an emergency or medical purpose.

The Municipal Law Enforcement Unit will be responsible for enforcement of this By-Law.  The general enforcement of this By-Law will be a strategy of education and the provision of information.  However, the Municipality has the authority to impose fines.  To report an incidence of non-compliance you may submit your concern through the Municipal COVID-19 Reporting email at covid19@northmiddlesex.on.ca

VIEW FULL VERSION OF BY-LAW 53 OF 2020

VIEW PRESS RELEASE

VIEW SIGNAGE FOR BUSINESS

Emergency Declaration

Following the lead of the Province of Ontario and the County of Middlesex, the Municipality of North Middlesex has made the decision to Declare a State of Emergency effective today (March 17th, 2020) at 3:10 pm in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The rationale to this undertaking is as follows:

  1. Under a Declared Emergency, registered volunteers are covered under WSIB, this includes our local CERV, Salvation Army & Victim Services of Middlesex-London.
  2. Under a Declared Emergency, staff and elected officials are protected from personal liability from decisions made during or as a result of the emergency
  3. A Declared Emergency status may position the municipality in a more favourable light if any funds become available from the Province & Federal governments post-emergency.

Set Fines for Offences under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

Inquiries & Reporting

Issues and inquiries concerning COVID-19 related matters may be directed to our COVID-19 email address - COVID19@northmiddlesex.on.ca  The municipality will attempt to provide answers, education and enforcement specific to COVID-19 concerns through this email.  Please note, our municipal law enforcement officers are now authorized to enforce all emergency orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) and apply fines associated with this act.  Our primary goal is to inform and educate the public during this time.  **IMPORTANT** If you are reporting a matter for potential investigation under the Emergency Orders - the 911 Address MUST be included in your email of where or with whom this occurred in order to expedite a response.  Thank you for your co-operation in this regard 

Billing & Payments

  • Penalties on current outstanding taxes are waived
  • Interest on tax arrears is waived
  • Late payment charges on water/wastewater bills are waived
  • NSF charges on returned water/wastewater bills payments are waived
  • Rent/utility payments are deferred for community groups running municipal facilities (upon request)
  • Measures in place until 45 Days after Emergency Declaration lifted by North Middlesex
  • At this time we encourage residents to fill out the pre-authorized payment plans. Pre-authroized payment form found under "Finance" section of our Applications, Forms, Licences and Permits page.

Cancellations & Closures

  • The Municipal Office will be accepting business by appointment only until further notice (519-294-6244)
  • North Middlesex Arena has been closed to the public until further notice
  • North Middlesex Community Centres/Park Pavilions can now be rented.  Staff will work with users on a case-by-case basis to determine if the proposed event can be accommodated under current restrictions.
  • Playground Equipment - Playground equipment will be open for public use beginning the week of July 20th, 2020.
  • Parks & Recreation Effective Friday, June 12th, 2020 the following park amenities are open
    • Tennis Court (Parkhill)
    • Skate Parks
    • Pavilions
    • Splash Pads (Ailsa Craig Community Park, Parkhill Coronation Park)
    • Ailsa Craig Community Park Baseball Diamond
    • One Baseball Diamond at the North Middlesex & District Arena Park
    • All Soccer Fields
    • Park Washrooms - Ailsa Craig Community Park, Parkhill Coronation Park, Lions Park (Ailsa Craig), East Williams Optimist Park (Nairn), North Middlesex District Arena Sportsfield Washroom

       The following amenities will remain closed until further notice:

  • Lieury Baseball Diamond
  • Nairn Baseball Diamond
  • Second Baseball Diamond at North Middlesex & District Arena 
  • Park Washrooms - Lieury, Ken Vernon Park (West Williams)
  • North Middlesex YMCA Fitness Centre is closed until further notice and programming has been cancelled/postponed.  For further information on specific YMCA programming and membership information, please visit the North Middlesex YMCA Facebook page or phone 519-459-9622
  • County of Middlesex Library Branches - the Parkhill branch will be offering curbside drop-off/pickup twice a week.  The Ailsa Craig Branch will remain closed until further notice.  For further information, please visit the Middlesex County Library Wesbite.
  • Waste Transfer Station - The Waste Transfer Station is now open according to the to the 2020 Transfer Station Dates and Hours of Operation. Visit the Garbage & Recycling Page for full details.
  • Waste & Garbage Collection (provided by Bluewater Recycling Association) is proceeding as usual.  BRA has provided some guidelines for waste disposal during the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Place used tissues and napkins in the garbage.  Wash your hands afterwards.
    • Bag all waste. Do not place waste lossly 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 (eg. water/beverage bottles, pop cans, etc.)
  • Municipal Property Assesment Corporation (MPAC)Requests for Reconsidertion of Assesments deadlne (March 31st) has been extended to 16 days after the Provincial emergency has been lifted

Service Ontario

Service Ontario will be open to the Public (Effective June 1, 2020), adhering to a maximum capacity of 5 occupants in the lobby area, keeping six (6) feet/ two (2) meters apart.  The office will be open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed between 12:30-1:30 p.m. for lunch).

Ausuable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Trails and conservation areas owned and/or managed by ABCA are reopened to limited use. These conservation area facilities remain closed until further notice: buildings and museums, playgrounds, washrooms and privies. Find out more: https://www.abca.ca/news/disruptions/

Council Meetings

  • North Middlesex Council will be meeting remotely via video conference for the August 5, 2020 Meeting of Council.  The council will be streamed live to our North Middlesex Youtube Channel.  
  • In-Person Council Meetings are proposed to return on August 19, 2020.
  • All Committees of Council Meetings are cancelled until further notice

 

COVID-19 Information Links

Employment/Business Information

Agriculture Supports

 Ailsa Craig & Area Foodbank & Thrift Store

The Ailsa Craig & Area Foodbank & Thrift Store offers a helping hand to the Municipality of North Middlesex, the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, the Township of Lucan Biddulph and the Municipality of Lambton Shores.

The Foodbank is experiencing a diminishing stock and is already seeing new clients in need. If you have the ability to do so, please consider donations to the Foodbank. Any donations go a long way in helping our communities overcome this difficult time.
 
Cash Donation Information:
  • Donations can be made through links on their website (CandaHelps or Paypal): https://ailsacraigareafoodbank.webs.com/
  • cheques can be made out to "Ailsa Craig & Area Foodbank & Thrift Store and mailed or dropped off to:
161 Ailsa Craig Main Street
P.O. Box 64
Ailsa Craig ON N0M 1A0
Phone/Fax:
519-293-3637
Hours of Service:
Tuesday-Saturday   10:00 am - 5:00 pm
*Closed on Saturdays of Statutory Holidays.