As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve around the world and in our region, the health and well-being of Severn residents is our top priority. We're all in this together—stay home if you're feeling ill, practise physical distancing to help stop the spread, and call and check in on your neighbours and loved ones.
Impact to municipal services
We continue to work closely with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and our community partners to monitor, adapt and respond to COVID-19. We made changes to services and programming in order to meet the measures outlined by public health officials. These changes will remain in effect until further notice.
The Administration Office at 1024 Hurlwood Lane reopened for in-person services on July 27. You can contact us to book an appointment. Appointments are not required but they are recommended to avoid waiting.
Safety measures are in place to protect visitors and staff. Visitors must:
- wear a face covering such as a mask, bandana or scarf that covers the nose, mouth and chin
- screen for symptoms of COVID-19
- sanitize hands
- keep at least two metres from others
Enhanced cleaning and protective shields also ensure a safe public space.
There are several ways to safely access municipal services, including the drop box available outside the Administration Office. We encourage you to continue to use contactless options. For example, online or telephone banking, pre-authorized payments, and a cheque by mail or drop box are alternatives to paying a bill in person.
Read our latest media release for details.
The following municipal facilities are currently closed to the public:
- Coldwater and District Community Centre (reopening on November 30)
- Lake St. George Community Centre
- Severn Township Public Library
- Matchedash Community Heritage Centre
- Washago Community Centre
- Fire Stations
- Public Works Operations Yards
Programs and activities
All recreation and library programs and activities are cancelled.
Council is now holding virtual meetings. Please contact the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to participate and for more information on meetings.
Help limit the spread
Practise physical distancing
Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:
- Avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings
- Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
- Limiting contact with people at higher risk (e.g. older adults and people in poor health)
- Keeping a distance of at least two arms length (approximately two metres) from others, as much as possible
Follow health and safety guidance
There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses including COVID-19:
If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, use the Province of Ontario's self-assessment tool to determine whether you need to seek further care. If symptoms worsen, contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
The best way to prepare is to inform yourself with accurate, credible sources of information. Visit the resources below for information on how to keep yourself and your family safe.
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Ontario Ministry of Health
Public Health Ontario
- Information Sheets on: How to Self-Monitor, Self-Isolation, and Guide for Caregivers, Household Members, and Close Contacts
Other Available Resources
Consider your mental health
During the COVID-19 outbreak, there are mental health and addictions services that you can access online or by phone. These services support children, youth and adults who:
- Experience anxiety, stress and other mental health challenges
- Can’t access their regular in-person counselling supports
- ConnexOntario: Adults and frontline workers who are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 can call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600 for mental health, addictions and problem gambling support.
- BounceBack: A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that provides guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching. Call 1-866-345-0224.
- Kids Help Phone: Children and youth 18 and under who need to talk to someone about their mental health can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868, for 24/7 virtual, phone and text support.
- Good2Talk: A phone and texting service that provides confidential support to post-secondary students. Call 1-866-925-5454.
The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office and Community Development Corporation are working with partners to continuously update COVID-19 business resources. Learn what resources are available to support your business on their websites.
The Province has launched a toll-free line at 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to businesses who have questions about the recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
211: Connecting you to local services
211 Ontario can help you find local grocery stores and pharmacies that are open and offering delivery service. If you need mental health support, food services, financial services or more, call 211 or visit 211oncovid19.ca. It’s free, confidential and available 24/7.
Response from other levels of government
The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving. Governments are working together to ensure the health and safety of communities. Check out the latest developments and news:
The Ontario government has issued emergency orders to address the COVID-19 outbreak, including:
- Closing certain workplaces and businesses
- Limiting indoor gatherings to a
maximum of 50 people and outdoor gatherings to a
maximum of 100 people
- Stopping price gouging on necessary goods, such as disinfectant products
Please contact the Ontario Provincial Police to report a failure to comply with the Emergency Management and Civil Protect Act.