Haldimand County has terminated its emergency declaration that was instated on March 25, 2020 due to COVID-19. This decision aligns with the termination of the provincial emergency and comes as the County moves from an emergency response focus toward recovery.
Though the emergency has been terminated, municipal and provincial orders that were introduced while the emergency was in effect remain in place. Residents and visitors are asked to continue following emergency orders still in effect and follow the advice of the public health authorities – including wearing a face-covering, maintaining physical distancing and regularly washing hands.
Haldimand County by-law will continue to enforce public health orders with assistance from the Health Unit.
“Thanks to our community’s extraordinary efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19, the number of new cases in Haldimand continue to drop,” said Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt. “I do want to reiterate that even though the emergency has been terminated, it does not mean the pandemic is over. Staff will continue working closely with the Health Unit and Medical Officer of Health to manage the local response, which includes planning for a potential second wave,” Hewitt added.
Despite terminating the emergency, the County’s Emergency Operations Centre will remain active and members of the Emergency Management Team will continue to meet regularly and monitor the situation closely.
For more information on the County’s COVID-19 response – including a list of public health orders and municipal facility re-openings – visit HaldimandCounty.ca/COVID-19.