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Congratulations everyone!

MPP Steve Clark has recognized that we have the know how and perseverance to keep ourselves and the Village COVID free.  As the evidence of moving into Phase 3 is clearly visible in the Village, please remain vigilant and remember to practice the public safety rules that we all know so well: frequent hand washing/sanitizing, physical distancing of 6 ft, wear a mask when you can’t physically distance or inside any public place, stay home if you are feeling ill.

Thank you for taking the time to send this scroll of appreciation to the Village MPP Clark.

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Thanks to all of our sewers – you have helped keep us safe and healthy

A big thank you to Sandy Prentice, who was volunteered to be the Village COVID-19 mask coordinator.  Sandy and her volunteer seamstresses put many hours and their own fabric and supplies into keeping the rest of us safe by sewing hundreds of masks.

It takes a village … and there is no other village where we would rather live.  Please take the time to give a “virtual” pat on the back to Sandy’s Sewers.  

Ursula Casselman
Joan Gillespie
Mary Chaikowsky
Donna Easter
Margot Rothwell
Sue McCarthy
Barb Desforges
Cait Maloney
Jo-Anne Coleman

Sandy Prentice

Ontario Implementing Additional Measures at Bars and Restaurants to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19

News Release

July 31, 2020

Measures to Further Protect the Health of Ontarians as the Province Continues to Re-open Under Stage 3

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, has amended orders O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 and O. Reg. 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020,implementing additional measures for restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments, as the province carefully and gradually reopens.

“Protecting the health and well-being of all Ontarians has always been our top priority,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These additional measures will help reduce close contact between individuals in these settings, and support case and contact tracing, thereby limiting the spread of COVID-19.”

In order to keep patrons of restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments safe, the amended orders will implement the following measures:

  • All patrons will be required to be seated at all times, in both indoor and outdoor areas, with limited exceptions; and
  • Bars and restaurants (and also tour boat operators) in Ontario will be required to keep client logs for a period of 30 days and to disclose the client logs to the medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request, which will support case and contact tracing.
  • Complementary changes are being made in respect of existing provisions relating to tour operators and tour boat operators.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when public health measures or restrictions can be further loosened or if they need to be tightened.

It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice as more businesses and services reopen in Stage 3. This includes practising physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so, staying home when ill, and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

Playground in Lockwood park is OPEN!

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The playground was closed by Provincial COVID Order in March and has been allowed to open as part of the Reopening of Ontario Phase 3.

Playgrounds will be disinfected twice daily.  Parents are encouraged to bring along some wipes and hand sanitizer.   Physical distancing of 2 m and wearing face masks is strongly recommended while using the playground equipment.

Ontario government’s approach to reopening schools for the 2020/21 year

I have spoken to many anxious mom and dads, and grands the past few weeks. who have lots of questions about their family members returning to school in September.  The government has put out the attached page that should answer a lot of your questions.  I have copied the first few paragraphs for you as it covers one of the most frequently asked question of whether you are compelled to have your children return to school.

If you have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to call me and together we can find the right people to answer them.

Robin – 613-273-9195


The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is a top priority as the government plans to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year.

Clearly, the government would like to have students back in class this September learning through conventional delivery with school every weekday, with class sizes that reflect current regulations, with regular social interaction and extra-curricular activities.

In planning for the resumption of instruction in the fall, it is critical to balance the risk of direct infection and transmission of COVID-19 in children with the impact of school closures on their physical and mental health. Current evidence and experience support the concept that children can return to school in a carefully structured manner that protects children’s health and minimizes risks from a public health perspective.

The government will be requesting guidance from public health or public health units by early August in order to confirm the type of delivery appropriate for the beginning of the school year.

We have asked school boards to be prepared with their plan for the upcoming school year by August 4, should it be needed.

Relationships between schools and local public health units will be crucial to navigate the complex and evolving COVID-19 environment, planning and reopening schools, and addressing other child health issues that emerge.

Specific guidance to support the development of health and safety protocols in the school and student transportation settings is attached in appendices of this document.

Voluntary school attendance

The return to school in the fall of 2020-21 will be voluntary and based on parent choice. For parents who choose not to send their child back to school, school boards should be prepared to offer remote education. This requirement will be in place for as long as public health circumstances require adapted delivery of education.

Here is the link with additional information: