Due to evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) region, the Township of Central Frontenac has declared a state of emergency on Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020.
Mayor Frances Smith announced the state of emergency, which implements the emergency plan of the municipality, and will “help protect the health, safety, well-being and property of our residents. This declaration of a state of emergency is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
“We are taking these extreme measures to get the message across to everyone in our region that this is indeed a real emergency. People need to pay attention. People need to stay home and self-isolate. This is not something that is just in the big cities. It’s here and people need to act,” said Smith, who also serves as the Warden of Frontenac County.
During this time, the Township is asking everyone in the community to take physical distancing seriously, especially around vulnerable populations, and to stay at home to reduce the likelihood of further transmission. This includes self-isolation, maintaining at least two-metre distance from others, avoiding all unnecessary travel, washing your hands often, and regularly disinfecting high touch zones in shared spaces in your home.
“By acting decisively as a community, we can ensure the safety and well-being of our residents is maintained,” the Township said in a press release.
The Central Frontenac municipal offices are closed to the public, but essential services will continue to be provided. This includes Frontenac Paramedics, Central Frontenac Fire & Rescue and all municipal departments.
According to the Township, The declaration of an emergency under s 4.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act provides the Township of Central Frontenac with more options to help protect the health and safety of individuals and families living in Frontenac, including increased procurement and expenditure authority and access to provincial funding should it become available.
“Precautions to prevent transmission include self-isolation, maintaining at least two metre distance from others, avoiding all unnecessary travel, washing your hands often, and regularly disinfecting high touch zones in shared spaces,” the Township said.