October 9, 2020
Celebrate Thanksgiving Safely
As the Thanksgiving long weekend approaches, the Municipality is urging residents to celebrate safely and cautiously, by following all public health recommendations. With the recent spike of cases in our province, we all need to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and keep our numbers low in the community. Like many other occasions this year, Thanksgiving festivities may look a little different than usual. Now more than ever, we must protect our loved ones and mark this occasion with happy memories and health.
Health Officials have advised to limit celebrations to household members, limit the length of time of visits, and consider outdoor or virtual celebrations, when possible. Do not attend gatherings if you feel ill or have symptoms of COVID-19. Groups of more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors are prohibited in Ontario.
Remember to maintain a physical distance of 2 m from people outside your household, wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge, and limit your contacts as much as possible. Try to stay local and avoid all non-essential travel.
The Municipality wishes everyone a safe and healthy long weekend.
Recommendations for safe festivities:
- Limit holiday gatherings to household members.
- Remember that unmonitored/social gatherings limits are 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors, as per the provincial restrictions in place.
- Try to limit the length of time for your gatherings.
- Consider alternatives like celebrating outdoors or virtually - especially if family members are at increased risk of severe illness (elderly, people with medical conditions, weakened immune systems, etc.).
- Family members and students should assess the risk they may pose to their families and loved ones before returning home for Thanksgiving.
- Do not attend any gatherings if you feel ill or have symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home and make an appointment to be tested.
- Consider wearing face coverings indoors and outdoors when physical distancing is a challenge.
Information on Municipal Services
Town Hall will be closed on Monday, October 12, and will resume operations at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13. For urgent inquiries, please call (705) 753-1170.
Waste and Recycling Collection
Curbside collection for waste and recycling will not be affected by the long weekend and will take place as regularly scheduled.
COVID-19 Assessment Centre
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre will be closed on Monday, October 12, and will resume operations on Tuesday, October 13. The Assessment Centre is by appointment only, Same day appointments are available. Please call (705) 580-2186.
For more information and updates on Municipal Services, visit: westnipissing.ca/COVID19