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Township of Severn > covid19

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​​​​As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve around the world and in our region, the health and well-being of Severn residents remains our top priority. Township of Severn continues to work closely with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and our community partners to monitor, adapt and respond to COVID-19.​ We're all in this togetherstay home if you're feeling ill, call and check in on neighbours, and practise physical distancing to help stop the spread. 

​​In response to measures set forth by public health officials, Township of Severn is making changes to services and programming. These changes will remain in effect until further notice.​ No matter what happens, the Township will continue ​to provide essential services such as fire, water, wastewater, and winter control. Read our latest media release for details.​​

 
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​Community Support

Financial Relief

Township of Severn is waiving late fees and interest for property taxes, water, and wastewater until June 30. Residents and businesses who are already signed up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) can request to suspend their payments for three months. The Township is also offering payment plans to allow gradual repayment of tax and utility bills after the no-interest period.

To suspend your PAP and/or make payment arrangements, send us a written request with your contact information and property address to:

  • taxes@townshipofsevern.com (email)
  • 1024 Hurlwood Lane, Severn (drop box)
  • PO Box 159, Orillia ON  L3V 6J3 (mailing address)
  • 705-327-5818 (fax)

For more information, contact us at 705-325-2315 or taxes@townshipofsevern.com.​

Business Support

​​​The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office (EDO) and Orillia CDC​ are working with partners to continuously update COVID-19 business resources. Learn what resources are available to support your business on their websites. The County is also undertaking a region-wide business survey​ to get a pulse on the current local economic situation, understand what you need, and ​advocate on your behalf to various levels of government.

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

​​​Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, if you need ​groceries, pharmaceutical supplies or other services, please call 211 or visit 211ontario.ca.

211 Ontario can help you find grocery stores and pharmacies that are open and offering delivery service, as well as programs and services that may be helpful to you during these trying times.

211 connects people to urgent needs and essential services. 211 is multilingual and operates 24/7, so please call or email if you need help accessing supplies or services.​

Impact on Town​​ship Services​

Facilities

The Administration Office at 1024 Hurlwood Lane is closed to the public. ​You can still ​contact us by phone or email​ and use the drop box (available 24/7). Fire Stations and Public Works Operations Yards are also closed to the public. All emergency and essential municipal services will continue.

Municipally-owned recreation and culture ​facilities are closed, including:
  • ​Coldwater and District Community Centre​
  • Lake St. George Community Centre​
  • Severn Township Public Library
  • ​Matchedash Community Heritage ​Centre​​
  • Washago Community Centre​​​

Playgrounds

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, all public playgrounds in Severn are closed. Since the virus can remain active on many surfaces, staff cannot effectively clean and disinfect the multiple play structures in our community. Public health officials​ are also urging people to practise physical​​ distancing. Signage has been posted at all parks to indicate playgrounds are closed.

We ask that parents, caregivers and children follow this direction until the closure is lifted to help ensure the health and safety of all residents. If you're looking for other public outdoor spaces to enjoy, there are excellent walking trails at Ian Crighton Memorial Park and Washago Centennial Park. Please remember to be mindful of others in public spaces, and leave at least two metres of distance between you and others.

Programs and Activities

All recreation and library programs and activities are cancelled.

Meetings

The Province of Ontario recently passed legislation to allow Councils to hold virtual meetings. ​Please contact the Clerk at agray@townshipofsevern.com​ to learn how to participate and for more information.

The following meetings are cancelled:

  • ​Corporate Services (March 25)
  • Special Council (March 25)
  • Council (April 1)

​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.​

Stay informed

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. 

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

​​​The COVID-19 pandemic poses a range of challenges to individuals and families as they respond to the demands of the situation. The disruption of normal life can cause significant distress for many people. Visit the resources below for strategies to maintain your mental wellness during the current situation:

Big White Wall (BWW), a provincially-funded online platform, provides free mental health support to all residents in Ontario. BWW features peer-to-peer support and trained practitioners available 24/7 to keep the community safe.

Response from other levels of government

The COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving. All levels of government in Canada are working together to ensure the health and safety of communities. Visit the following for the latest developments and news:​