In response to the gradual easing of public health measures across the province, Mayor Ron Vandewal, with support from the Township’s Emergency Control Group, made the decision to terminate the State of Emergency effective 8 a.m., Thursday, Mar. 3, 2022.
Initially declared on Mar. 26, 2020, the State of Emergency was put in place following evidence of community spread in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health region, the township said in a media release.
“It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since the pandemic reached the KFL&A region,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal. “Based on local vaccination rates and the recent easing of provincial restrictions, the Township felt that the state of emergency status was no longer warranted. As additional restrictions ease, we encourage residents to consider vaccination and continue following masking requirements.”
The township said that while this change represents progress in the community’s fight against COVID-19, residents should remain vigilant and continue to take precautions when possible.
Safety protocols for Township administrative buildings will remain in place until further notice, according to the release. This includes:
- physical distancing and mask use,
- line queuing at reception areas,
- use of separate entrances for patrons at the municipal offices located at 4432 George St, in Sydenham (lower level vs main level),
- plexiglass screens where applicable, and,
- regular disinfecting of common areas.
Earlier this week, the Province eased public health measures by lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings and the requirement to show proof of vaccination. Other protective measures, such as mask/face covering requirements and passive screening of patrons remain in place. For a full list of measures in effect, see O. Reg. 364/20.
“Council’s goal throughout the pandemic has remained the same – continue to provide quality services to the public, while keeping residents and staff safe,” explained Vandewal. “It is our hope that the rest of 2022 will continue to progress through the recovery phase and result in some type of normalcy. This community’s resiliency and commitment to keeping each other safe during the pandemic has not gone unnoticed – so thank you.”