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Covid-19

The Town of Goderich has put in place measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community. The situation is constantly being reassessed and any new information regarding impacts to municipal services will be provided here.

 

Enforcement of Provincial and Federal Orders

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have the authority to uphold federal and provincial orders.

If you have concerns about an order violation, residents are encouraged to call the Ontario Provincial Police non-emergency line (1-888-310-1122). DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you need emergency service.

Please note, there may be some adjustment to all non-emergency services  administered by the OPP.

Municipal Enforcement Orders made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act - PowerPoint Presentation

Mayor, Council and Internal Senior Management Team

The COVID-19 event continues to evolve rapidly.  The Town’s Senior Management Team, in constant consultation with Mayor John Grace and Council, has been implementing measures to keep our community safe.  Some of our strategies include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Daily Senior Management Team meetings - The team includes Mayor Grace, the Chief Administrative Officer, Treasurer, Director of Operations, Assistant Director of Operations, Clerk/Planning Coordinator and the Deputy Clerk/Health and Safety and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

  • Conference calls with the Huron County Warden and CAO, and the eight (8) other Huron County municipal partners - CAOs/Clerks/SMT members.

  • Weekly teleconference with Huron Perth Public Health.

  • Attendance of teleconference briefings (three times a week) with the Provincial Emergency Operations Control Centre (PEOC).

  • Frequent communication to Council members including activity reports and updates following the Town’s Pandemic and Emergency Plans.

  • Frequent public communications, website updates, Facebook posts regarding municipal service levels as well as recommended sources of information to follow (Huron Perth Public Health, Province of Ontario, Health Canada).

News Releases and Public Notices

A list of the news releases and public notices is provided below by date.

 

Covid Update - January 14, 2021

 

The Ontario government has declared its second Provincial State of Emergency.  Effective January 14, 2021 at 12:01 AM, the Province has issued a stay-at-home order and introduces enhanced enforcement measures to reduce mobility.  The additional measures require everyone to remain at home with exceptions for permitted purposes or activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely.  Additional restrictions have been put into place.

We are confident in the Province’s and Huron Perth Public Health’s ability to navigate us through the appropriate response and ensure that all steps are being taken to keep our community safe.

Goderich Town Hall is closed to the public until further notice. The Town will no longer offer appointments for marriage licenses, commissioning of documents, lottery licensing or cemetery bookings.  You can still reach Town staff by calling 519-524-8344, Monday through Friday from 8 AM – 4 PM

The following municipal departments are deemed essential service:

  • Airport;
  • Childcare Centre;
  • Fire;
  • Maitland Cemetery;
  • Law Enforcement;
  • Planning Development Services;
  • Public Works; and
  • Veolia Water Operations and Wastewater Treatment

Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Outdoor organized public and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five (5) people.  This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.
  • Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open.  Wearing a mask or face covering is NOW recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two (2) metres.
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 AM and close no later than 8 PM.  The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  •  Town Hall is closed to the public.  All Administrative staff will work from home and come to the office on an as needed  basis only. an We  can no longer offer appointments for marriage licenses, commissioning of documents or cemetery bookings.
  • Building Department - Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.  Electronic submissions of complete building permit applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed by staff. However, site inspections performed by municipal staff will be restricted and evaluated on case-by-case basis. Construction projects with valid building permits shall contact the Chief Building Official to request an on-site inspection with a minimum of 48 hrs in advance of any required inspection.
  • YMCA – the Maitland Recreation Centre will remain closed.  Updates on the reopening of programs and areas will be posted on the YMCA Goderich website and Facebook page.
  • Library – waiting confirmation from Elizabeth French-Gibson, Acting Director of Huron County Library
  • MacKay Centre for Seniors – remains closed until further notice.
  • Municipal Dog Park – maximum of 5 people at one time.
  • John Cove Memorial Outdoor Rink – Will be closed until the stay at home order is over. 
United Way - Press Release - January 14, 2021
 

For Immediate Release

 

From:                     United Way Perth-Huron

                                32 Erie Street, Stratford ON N5A 2M4

                                1-877-818-8867 (toll-free) 519-271-7730 (T)

               

Date:                      January 14, 2020

 

211: Connecting people in need with services across Perth and Huron

 

Stratford, ON — Since 2010, 211 Ontario has been helping individuals in Perth-Huron navigate the complex network of human services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. During the current stay-at-home order, 211 is more important than ever to connect people with the help they need locally.

 

“We’ve been working hard to get the word out about 211,” said Director of Community Information for 211 Susan Faber. “We want to make sure the vulnerable and newly vulnerable know there are resources available to help to keep them supported and housed. Our goal is to have 211 become THE source for information in Perth-Huron, both for service providers and the public.”

 

When someone reaches out to 211, a live, trained counsellor will talk through their challenges and connect the individual with community services that can help. By providing a central source of information, 211 helps people quickly before they reach a crisis point. 211 connects individuals experiencing poverty, mental health issues and domestic violence — often root causes of homelessness — with the right resources.

 

Work maintaining up-to-date local records is crucial to the continuing success of 211. When COVID-19 arrived in March, information on over 1,000 local programs and services in the 211 database was updated, providing a comprehensive and reliable reference for the community.

 

“Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes,” added Faber. “No matter what walk of life you’re from or what you’re dealing with; from isolation, to a mental health crisis, domestic abuse or economic stress and uncertainty due to COVID-19, 211 can help. Someone will help you 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year and guide you with compassion. All you have to do is pick up a phone and dial 2-1-1.”

 

About 211 Ontario

211 is a free and confidential service that connects people to the right information and services, strengthens our local health and human services, and helps our local citizens to become more engaged with their communities.  When speaking of #UNIGNORABLE issues, 211 can be offered as a bridging service.

 

About United Way Perth-Huron

UWPH is a 100% local organization working to address #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, homelessness and social isolation in our communities. Thanks to United Way and people across the region, over 34,000 of the most vulnerable in Perth and Huron Counties have a brighter future. To show your #LocalLove by donating or volunteering, call 519-271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca

 

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For more information or to set up an interview with Susan Faber, Director of Community Information for 211, contact (519) 271-7730 x232 or email sfaber@perthhuron.unitedway.ca

 


Chad Alberico

Resource Development & Communications Associate

 

United Way Perth-Huron

519-271-7730 │ 877-818-8867 Ext. 226 
32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4

 

Show your local love. Donate today.

perthhuron.unitedway.ca  Twitter │ Facebook  Instagram

Need help? Dial 2-1-1 or visit 211ontario.ca

 

Covid Update - December 23, 2020

Effective December 26, 2020 at 12:01 AM, the entire Province will be placed into the Grey-Lockdown level with maximum widescale public health measures.The Town is under the direction and guidance of Huron Perth Public

Health and are confident in their ability to navigate us through the appropriate response and ensure that all steps are being taken to keep our community safe.

 

Goderich Town Hall will be closed to the public effective 11:30 AM on December 24, 2020, until further notice. Appointments for services surrounding marriage licences, cemetery matters and lottery licences and building department can be arranged by calling 519-524-8344.

 

The following municipal departments are deemed essential service:

  • Airport;
  • Childcare Centre - closed currently for normal Christmas shutdown. Centre is planned to reopen on January 4, 2021;
  • Fire;
  • Maitland Cemetery;
  • Law Enforcement;
  • Planning Development Services;
  • Public Works; and
  • Veolia Water Operations and Wastewater Treatment

 

Normal curbside waste collection and household recycling continues.

 

The Mid-Huron Recycling Centre remains open. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday 8 AM - 1 PM. Last load at the landfill is 12:30 pm.

 

Goderich Public Library will be open for curbside, delivery and pick-up only.

 

The following facilities are Closed until further notice:

  • MacKay Centre for Seniors
  • Maitland Recreation Centre
Covid Update - December 21, 2020

Effective December 26, 2020 at 12:01 AM, the entire Province will be placed into the Grey-Lockdown level with maximum widescale public health measures. The Town is under the direction and guidance of Huron Perth Public Health and are confident in their ability to navigate us through the appropriate response and ensure that all steps are being taken to keep our community safe.

Goderich Town Council and staff are committed to providing essential municipal services to our residents and businesses through the Provincially mandated lockdown. All municipal departments are available by phone and email for inquiries.

Goderich Town Hall will be closed to the public effective 11:30 AM on December 24, 2020, until further notice.

The following municipal departments are deemed essential service:

  • Airport;
  • Childcare Centre - closed currently for normal Christmas shutdown. Centre is planned to reopen on January 4, 2021.
  • Fire;
  • Maitland Cemetery;
  • Law Enforcement;
  • Planning Development Services;
  • Public Works; and
  • Veolia Water Operations and Wastewater Treatment

 

Stay safe and keep your families safe. We are all in this together.

Mayor John C. Grace

 Covid Update - November 27, 2020

COVID UPDATE

Its Up to All of Us. We Need to Stay Calm.
We do have a positive COVID-19 case at our high school, GDCI. The Mayor and Senior Management staff are in constant communication with our community partners at the high school and at Huron Perth Public Health. We are under the direction and guidance of Huron Perth Public Health and are confident in their abilities to navigate through the appropriate COVID-19 response in our community and ensure that all steps are being taken to keep our community safe.
This is a wake-up call and a reminder that we are still vulnerable in this pandemic. We have community spread in Huron County. We need to stay vigilant, wash our hands, wear our masks, keep our distance and be mindful of our space.
Goderich Town Council have the complete confidence in our community partners. We are in this together.


Mayor John Grace

Maitland Recreation Centre - Reopening September 8, 2020

Media Advisory for reopening of YMCA - Maitland Recreation Centre

 August 6, 2020 - Goderich Covid Testing/Collection Centre is Moving

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July 18, 2020 - Beaches in Goderich Will Be Closed July 19, 2020

Please be advised that due to the required resources to manage the capacity of beachgoers, all beaches in the Town of Goderich will be closed on Sunday, July 19, 2020.   While there will be no access to the Cove, the Main Beach will remain open to vehicular traffic only.  Beach Street Station and the Beach Hut at the Main Beach will remain open.  All beaches in the Town of Goderich will reopen on Monday, July 20, 2020

 

Mayor John Grace

July 17, 2020 - Goderich Playgrounds Remain Closed

Notice: The Premier has released the Stage 3 Framework for Reopening Our Province. In the Framework, outdoor playgrounds and play structures are permitted to open in Stage 3. The Huron Perth Public Health Medical Officer of Health suggested to municipalities that signage should be posted at the playground equipment site if the municipality could not ensure that sanitation of the equipment would be done at least twice a day.

 

We are taking all precautions and directives from Public Health and therefore will not open the playgrounds and play structures until Monday when we have all the appropriate signage in place.

July 13, 2020 - Stage 3 Framework for reopening Ontario

Doug Ford announces the Stage 3 Framework for reopening Ontario

June 15, 2020 - Goderich's Waterfront and Beach Gradual Opening

The Town of Goderich is doing their best to safely bring Goderich’s waterfront and beach back to normal with a gradual opening.  Public washroom facilities are now open at the Main Beach today (Monday, June 15) and at the Cove starting Monday, June 29.  Washrooms will be cleaned twice daily.  We feel this is the best way to transition the opening of our waterfront/beach as we complete the shoreline stabilization and boardwalk reconstruction and from the COVID crisis.

 

As of June 15 at 1:30 PM, the Town has officially closed the public access to the South Pier.

 

We have done such a great job here in Goderich and across Huron County to slow the spread of coronavirus.  To prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Town is asking the public to follow the advice of Huron Perth Public Health, wash your hands often with soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoid close contact with people who are sick, honour physical distancing guidelines (6 feet), and cough and sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands.

 

By-Law Enforcement Officers will be enforcing the provisions of Town by-laws at Town-owned parks, facilities, waterfront and beaches.  The Ontario Provincial Police have the authority to uphold federal and provincial orders.  Goderich’s beaches and parks will be closed if patrons do not follow the Town’s By-Laws and Provincial Orders and/or if the use of these facilities become unsafe.

June 8 - A Framework for Reopening our Province - Stage 2

A Framework for Reopening our Province - Stage 2

June 2 - Keeping Children and Youth Safe Online - Online Safety Talk with Paul Davis

Huron Domestic Assault Review Team presents a series of Facebook Live events with internet safety expert Paul Davis.  June 8, June 10 and June 17 view the poster.  Follow Huron Domestic Assault Review Team on Facebook to find details on how to join the live events facebook.com/hurondart for details. 
May 30 - Council Reports the Development of Two Critical Mayor's Task Forces
 May 29, 2020 - Farmers' Market Update

AS WE CROSS OUR T’S AND DOT OUR I’S IN PREPARATION FOR OPENING THE
GODERICH BIA FARMERS’ MARKET THIS SUMMER;
Visitor and vendor safety are at the core of our philosophy.
It’s not business as usual for farmers’ markets this year.
Only food can be offered for sale and social interaction must be limited to maintain social distancing.
GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS:
Practice physical distancing by keeping 6 feet or 2 meters between
yourself and others.
Stay home if you are feeling unwell
Pre order online so that your visit is as brief as possible
Go to www.goderichbia.ca farmers market page for links to local vendors
If you are paying with cash when possible bring the exact amount of your purchase in an envelope. The
vendor will receive the envelope in a cash transfer basket
YOU ARE WELCOME AT THE GODERICH BIA FARMERS’ MARKET IF YOU:
• Have no symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath)
• Have not travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
• Have not been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID- 19
WHERE TO FIND MARKET VENDORS THIS SEASON
A Mini Market off South Street
A Mini Market on Montreal Street
At mini market curb side corner(s) on The Square
VISITOR EXPERIENCE AT THE GODERICH MARKET
Only Food is offered for sale
Stands are spaced out
Customer circulation will be monitored and controlled
There is no sampling of food
Customer supplied containers are not allowed
There is no communal seating or eating
Food products are packaged in single use boxes or bags
Hand washing or sanitizing facilities will be available
CHECK THE GODERICH SIGNAL STAR NEXT WEEK FOR A CONFIRMED OPENING DATE
AND A MARKET MAP TO USE AS YOUR GUIDE TO FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE.
Goderich BIA appreciate the support of Municipal Council, and the Town of Goderich.
Public Safety Protocols for the Goderich Farmers’ Market have been developed in consultation with public
health officials and will be reviewed and adapted in consultation with the Huron Perth Health Unit.
Operational requirements for the market are made in consultation with the Huron Perth Health Unit, Farmers’
Market Ontario, Sustain Ontario and regulated under Provincial guidelines.
Thank you for supporting our market and Ontario farmers.
See you soon.
Susan Carradine 519-955-0375
BIA Manager
On behalf of the Downtown Goderich BIA Board and Businesses.

May 27, 2020

The United Way’s goal is to not only build resiliency amongst non-profit and charities in Huron Perth, but to thrive in response to COVID-19.  The survey is only open til June 19.2020 Survey Image

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eh1fqtmgk930bmev/a016vkapp6ug5/questions

 
May 14 - Government’s Plan to Reopen the Economy - May 19 - Comprehensive List
Please view the Comprehensive List for details.
May 7 - Local medical student Rachel Peet creates effective storytelling initiative for children to understand Covid-19 with support from Dr. Treasurywala.
https://www.facebook.com/thestaysh/videos/2613668475405022/
May 6 - Attention Local Cottagers and Day-trippers

To all the local Goderich area Cottagers and Day-trippers we ask that you please do NOT travel to Goderich while the Provincial Emergency for COVID-19 is in place. We discourage any non-emergency travelling into the community.

Our Beaches and Waterfront are closed to the public until further notice.

Stay Home, Stay Safe and practice Social distancing at all times. Stop the Spread of COVID - 19. Let’s do it together and play our part on ......CANADA ‘S National Team.

Thank you  Mayor John Grace  

May 6 - Garage/Yard Sales Are Discouraged Until Further Notice

Due to Provincial Orders surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Goderich discourages all residents on operating garage and yard sales in the Town until further notice.  Residents need to continue honouring social distancing practice to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Thank you.

May 1 - Children's Mental Health Week 2020
 
Please view CMH Week 2020 for the updated plans for Children's Mental Health week. This has been a collaborative effort and there are so many positive ways for people to connect in on the issue of mental health at this time in our history.

Thanks to the following organizations who are SEA Charter Members for their willingness to co-sponsor these events:

  • Huron Perth Child & Youth Network
  • Huron Perth Centre for Children and Youth
  • Avon Maitland District School Board
  • Huron Perth Catholic District School Board
  • Choices for Change
  • Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team
  • LHIN Mental Health & Addiction Nurses
  • Huron Respite Network

May 1 - Ontario Allows Certain Businesses, Workplaces to Reopen May 4

https://globalnews.ca/news/6893347/some-ontario-businesses-workplaces-reopen-may-4-coronavirus/?utm_source=notification/

April 30 - United Way’s Urgent Needs Fund Expands to Help Individuals Directly


Stratford, ON — Having already funded over a dozen programs through their COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund to help organizations and the people they serve during the pandemic, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is making funds available through Social Services in Perth and Huron Counties to individuals and families in need.
“COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis and many people are struggling to cope, particularly our most vulnerable,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “Organizations are doing incredible work across Perth and Huron but sometimes needs fall outside existing programs and that is where the COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals comes in. It’s important for us to put our arms around everyone in the community and help them get through this.”
UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund for Individuals is administered by the City of Stratford Social Services Department on behalf of Perth County and the Huron County Social & Property Services Department on behalf of Huron County. People looking for help, whether paying a bill or buying groceries to get them through the week, are encouraged to visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca and download an application form. Huron residents can also find application forms at huroncounty.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-Urgent-Needs-Fund-Application-Individuals.pdf.
 In Perth County, submit applications via email to rbrown@stratford.ca, or drop off or mail to Social Services, 1st floor, 82 Erie Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 2M4
 In Huron County submit applications via email to owteam501@huroncounty.ca or drop off or mail to Huron County Social and Property Services, 77722D London Road, RR 5, Clinton, ON, N0M 1L0
If someone is unable to submit their application by email or postal mail, call Social Services directly at 519-271-3773 x 277 in Perth or 519-482-8505 x 4501 in Huron. Mail applications may be slower due to possible mail processing delays. Funding is limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis provided eligibility criteria is met. Applications open Monday, May 4.
“We’re happy to be partnering with UWPH to help citizens get the help they need,” said Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson. “We want to ensure everyone is supported through this pandemic.”
“This is an extraordinary time requiring innovative solutions,” added Huron County Warden Jim Ginn. “Huron County has been working hard to help residents in need and this partnership with UWPH is an added layer of support for individuals and families.”
To donate to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, go to give.unitedway.ca/donate/WSTRAT-UWPH or call the United Way offices at (519) 271-7730 between the hours of 8:30 am and noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
About United Way Perth-Huron UWPH is a 100% local organization working to address #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, homelessness and mental health in our communities. Thanks to United Way and people across the region, over 39,000 of the most vulnerable in Perth and Huron Counties have a brighter future. To show your #LocalLove by donating or volunteering, call 519-271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca
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For more information or to set up an interview with Ryan Erb, Executive Director, contact (519) 276-0097 or email info@perthhuron.unitedway.ca

April 17 - Testing/Collection Centre at Knights of Columbus - Goderich

April 8 – Stay Home Stay Safe To Protect Yourself and Others this Passover & Easter

April 8  - Boat Launches Are Closed to the Public

Pursuant to the Provincial Order, Fisherman’s Wharf and Snug Harbour boat launches are closed to the public until further notice.

April 3 -  Ontario Provides Full Transparency by Releasing COVID-19 Modelling 

COVID-19 modelling

modelling update with the figures Dr. Donnelly quoted

April 3 - Ontario Revised its List of Essential Services

https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces
 March 31 - Local Love in a Global Crisis - Mayor John C. Grace
 Local Love in a Global Crisis - Mayor John C. Grace
March 30 - Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
 Ontario Extends Emergency Declaration to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
March 28 - Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More than Five People with Strict Exceptions
 Ontario Prohibits Gatherings of More than Five People with Strict Exceptions
March 28 - Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging
March 28, 2020 - Report price gouging related to COVID-19 to https://www.ontario.ca/form/report-price-gouging-related-covid-19 or by calling 1-800-889-9768 Ontario Protecting Consumers from Price Gouging
 March 28, 2020 - Grocery and Pharmaceutical Delivery Options
Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, if you are in need of groceries, pharmaceutical supplies or other services, please phone 211 or go visit 211ontario.ca.
211 Ontario can help you find grocery stores and pharmacies that are open and offering delivery service, as well as programs and services in your community that may be helpful to you during these trying times.
211 exists to connect people to urgent needs and essential services. 211 is multilingual and operates 24/7, so please call or email if you are unable to access needed supplies or services.
 March 27, 2020 - Maitland Valley Health Team & Mayor John C. Grace live on the Staysh
 https://www.facebook.com/thestaysh/videos/2635168220086133/
 March 27, 2020 - Emergency Alert - Travellers Returning to Ontario
You are at high risk of spreading COVID-19.

You are required by by-law to self-isolate for 14 days.

DO NOT visit stores, family or friends.

Everyone should stay home to stop the spread.

Learn more at this website 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

March 27, 2020 - Message from Mayor John C. Grace 
Be patient, don’t panic when you are out shopping. Keep your distance ( 6 ft )! Please shop alone, don’t take your kids or elderly parents grocery shopping not even as couples or friends, shop alone and keep your distance. Please don’t panic buy, that is not cool at all, believe me they are NOT going to run out of food. Remember we are one community and we are all in this together. Help your neighbours, stay safe, stay strong and be positive.
 March 26, 2020 - Over 50 Ontario Children Thank Frontline Workers

During this difficult time, a 10 year old Goderich harpist, wrote a song, and then enlisted the help of over 50 other children to record messages of thanks to the frontline workers all over the world.

Here are two links: 

If you are unable to open them, you can go to The Hometown Harpist on Facebook, and it is the song tagged at the top.

 
 March 25, 2020 - Notice of Deferral of Town of Goderich Penalty & Interest on Taxes
March 25, 2020 - NOTICE - Goderich Town Council at the Special Council meeting of March 25, 2020, have approved the deferral of penalty and interest charges on unpaid taxes to May 1, 2020.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on all aspects of life for property owners and their families in the Town of Goderich. The deferral of penalty and interest on unpaid taxes to May 1, 2020 provides a measure of relief in the face of the financial strain of business closures and employment layoffs due to the pandemic. This measure would meet the objective of providing relief in the short-term with any further measures to be considered as more information on the extent and term of the pandemic becomes known.

If you have any questions, please contact Town Hall at 519-524-8344 or email townhall@goderich.ca

 March 25, 2020 - For Information re: Community Service for Goderich Residents
  please visit https://www.huroncounty.ca/ontario-works/income-support/community-resources/
March 25, 2020 - Special Council Meeting 
March 25, 2020 - Notice - there will be a Special Council meeting held on March 25, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the precautions the Town is working diligently to implement, the Town Hall remains closed, however the Council meeting will be available via live stream or for viewing following the meeting at www.goderich.ca and will be sent to Hurontel and Eastlink to post on their networks.
March 24, 2020 – Ontario Energy Board COVID-19 – Time of Use Pricing – 10.1 cents/kWh

The Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. As a result, starting on March 24, 2020, residential and small business customers on time-of-use (TOU) pricing will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh no matter what time of day the electricity is consumed. This means that TOU customers will be paying the off-peak price throughout the day as long as the Emergency Order remains in place. The Government has indicated that it intends to keep the 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing in place for 45 days.

 

The 10.1 ¢/kWh pricing applies automatically – no customer action is required. Some customers may receive a bill before their utility or unit sub-meter provider is able to implement the price change, in which case they will receive a credit on the following bill.


For more information, read the Government’s news release at https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-providing-electricity-relief-to-families-small-businesses-and-farms-during-covid-19.html

 

Also visit https://.oeb.ca/newsroom/2020/oeb-covid-19-update, for the latest updates from the Ontario Energy Board on measures its taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 21, 2020 - Mayor John C. Grace Live on the Staysh 
https://www.facebook.com/129079457577826/posts/832721940546904?d=n&sfns=mo
March 21, 2020 - All Playgrounds Closed
NOTICE - Due to the latest recommendation from Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, ALL playgrounds and other such structures inlcuding the skatepark, in the Town of Goderich are closed to the public until further notice.
 March 20, 2020 - Message from Mayor John C. Grace
March 20, 2020 - Message from Mayor John C. Grace

The health, well-being and safety of Town of Goderich citizens is our number one priority. Council has been proactive and is taking strong action and extra precautions to protect the public. We understand the feelings of uncertainty and worry during this time and are committed to keeping you up to date and informed as information becomes available.

Council is following the lead of the Huron Perth Public Health in the community effort to stop/slow down the spread of the COVID-19. Goderich Town Council has been proactive by moving swiftly and decisively and has closed all Town-owned facilities to the public. These include, the Town Hall, MacKay Centre for Seniors, the Maitland Recreation Centre (YMCA), Memorial Arena, Tourist Office, Goderich Municipal Child Care Centre, EarlyOn Child and Family Centre, and all public washrooms.

All Town Council, Committee and Board meetings are cancelled at this time.

We encourage residents to visit the Huron Perth Public Health website at www.hpph.ca for information on COVID-19 including ways to help stop the spread, self assessment tools, proper hygiene protocols, daily updates and links to credible information on Ministry websites.

For operational questions on services provided by the Town of Goderich, please call 519-524-8344, visit our website at www.goderich.ca or visit the Town of Goderich Facebook page which is updated as information becomes available.

As Mayor, I can assure you that Goderich Town Council and staff are committed to continuing to act in a diligent manner to help support measures to decrease the spread and follow the recommendations of Huron Perth Public Health.

Town of Goderich at 519-524-8344 or townhall@goderich.ca Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133 www.hpph.ca

Please stay home and flatten the curve. We are all in this together.

Our spokesperson is John C. Grace, Mayor 519-524-0779 or jgrace@goderich.ca

Vaccination Roll-Out

Safe and reliable vaccines can help protect you and your family from COVID-19. These vaccines will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and will allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life. There will be a limited supply of vaccines at first, so people who are more vulnerable or at higher risk of infection and serious illness will be prioritized in the rollout of the early phases of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine program.

If you have questions about the vaccine please visit the Huron Perth Public Health websiteCOVID-19 Vaccine Information - Huron Perth Public Health (hpph.ca) to read their list of frequently asked questions. These question and answers were prepared by The Primary Care Physician Advisory Council (Huron and Perth Area Ontario Health Team), a collective group of doctors representing over 100 family doctors and primary care providers in the Huron Perth area.

Support Services Contact Information

View the  Help List for contact information for local services and organizations

 

211 Ontario provides programs and services to help the community through the pandemic through their page dedicated to finding support during COVID-19

 

 

 Status of Municipal Services

Goderich Town Council and staff are committed to providing essential municipal services to our residents and businesses. All municipal departments are available by phone or email for inquiries. For a list of contacts, please visit our Contact Us page.

An update on the status of municipal services (both essential and suspended services) is provided below by department. Please note the following measures are in effect until further notice.

Administration and Licencing

The Town Hall municipal office will be closed to the public effective 11:30AM on December 24, 2020. Our staff continues to be available by phone, email or fax.  Items may still be placed outside in our locked drop box at any time.

 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

 Building Department Services

- Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.  Electronic submissions of complete building permit applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed by staff. However, site inspections performed by municipal staff will be restricted and evaluated on case-by-case basis. Construction projects with valid building permits shall contact the Chief Building Official to request an on-site inspection with a minimum of 48 hrs in advance of any required inspection.

 Childcare Centre

The Town of Goderich's Municipal Childcare Centre is currently open.

Emergency Services

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

The following essential services will continue:

  • All emergency services
  • Fire services will continue to respond to all emergency calls

 

Finance

For property tax payments please use one of the many alternative payment methods from our list located here: https://www.goderich.ca/en/town-hall-and-services/finance-and-taxes.aspx

Garbage and Recycling Curbside Pick-Up

Normal curbside waste collection by Waste Management continues. Household recycling continues to be picked up by Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA).

Mid-Huron Recycling Centre

The Mid-Huron Recycling Centre remains open. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday 8 AM - 1 PM. Last load will be accepted 30 minutes prior to closing.

Waterfront, Boat Launches, Parks and Playgrounds

Beaches, boat launches, parks and playgrounds are open as of now, weather permitting. Areas where construction continues are off limits to the public. Provincial and Public Health guidelines continue to be in effect and are being enforced.

Planning Development Services

The following essential services will continue:

  • Acceptance of planning applications
  • Acceptance of applications to the Committee of Adjustment
  • Letters of Conformity

Revised Procedure for Public Meeting due to COVID-19 Pandemic:

In light of the requirement for physical distancing in respose to the COVID-19 pandemic, persons wishing to participate in the planning process are strongly encouraged to send their comments, questions or concerns via email, by email or by telephone to the County Planner.

 

Victor Kloeze, Senior Planner

Huron County Planning & Development Department

519-524-8394 Ext. 3292

vkloeze@huroncounty.ca

 

Roads

Roads continue to be maintained in full regulatory compliance.

The following essential services will continue:

  • 911 Addressing Applications
  • Entrance Applications
  • Grading
  • Municipal Drains
  • Pavement Patching
  • Sidewalk Maintenance
  • Sod Repairs
  • Stormwater Management
  • Street Sweeping
  • Traffic and Street Lights
  • Winter Control

To report an issue, please contact us at 519-524-8344 or by emailing Citizen Request Form.

 

Town-Owned Facility Closures

MacKay Centre for Seniors, Goderich Memorial Arena are both closed as of December 24, 2020.

Water Operations, Wastewater Treatment and Sewers

These services continue to be provided in full regulatory compliance.

The following services are temporarily suspended:

  • Entry into a customers' home or business for any water or sewer related service
  • All non-emergency water and sewer repairs

To report a water issue call 519-524-8344.

 

YMCA (Maitland Recreation Centre, Memorial Arena and Bannister Park)

the Maitland Recreation Centre will remain closed.  Updates on the reopening of programs and areas will be posted on the YMCA Goderich website and Facebook page.

 

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) – Help Us Help You 

Please see the Ontario Provincial Police website at http://opp.ca/ for further information on the following items:

 

  • Report less serious incidents online at opp.ca/reporting
  • What are essential businesses?
  • If I have to close my business, how do I keep it safe? 
  • Are there COVID-19 scammers out there? 
        

Goderich Business Information

 

The BIA office has compiled a list of the downtown Goderich BIA stores/retailers. The stores are listed alphabetically with website and Facebook links, telephone numbers and shopping options where available.

 

Downtown Goderich - Restaurants Listing - as at June 19, 2020

  

The Ontario Government has the COVID-19: Help for businesses in Ontario Portal with information about changes to government programs and available supports as your business recovers from COVID-19.

 

On-Line Resources for Goderich Businesses

 

 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has published a Pandemic Resources Guide athttp://chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/, available for download.

 

The Ministry of Health offers up to date information about the coronavirus, including links to the Huron Perth Public Health Unit at https://www.hpph.ca/en/index.aspx and Telehealth Ontario athttps://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus or 1-866-797-0000 

Helpful Resources

The Town of Goderich will continue to obtain information and updates from the Province of Ontario, Huron Perth Public Health Unit, Telehealth Ontario, the County of Huron, and other health agencies and will provide new information to residents when they become available. 

The following links provide useful information about COVID-19:

Resources for Children

  • Rural Response For Healthy Children - Autumn 2020 Programs for parent/caregiver, child and youth. All are offered virtually (with one exception - one in person Parking Lot Conversations program.  Also two new free offerings for workplace/teams and volunteer groups. This is in response to the pandemic and higher stress levels from parent/caregivers who are working/volunteering or returning to the workplace.
  • Interview with Local medical student Rachel Peet (creates effective storytelling initiative for children to understand Covid-19 with support from Dr. Treasurywala
  • )Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 mental health support service offering counselling through text (Text CONNECT to 686868), phone calling (1-800-668-6868) and online live chat
  • Coping with Social Distancing
  • Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCov outbreak (World Health Organization)
  • Please view CMH Week 2020 for updated plans! This has been a collaborative effort and there are so many positive ways for people to connect in on the issue of mental health at this time in our history.

    Thanks to the following organizations who are SEA Charter Members for their willingness to co-sponsor these events:

    • Huron Perth Child & Youth Network
    • Huron Perth Centre for Children and Youth
    • Avon Maitland District School Board
    • Huron Perth Catholic District School Board
    • Choices for Change
    • Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team
    • LHIN Mental Health & Addiction Nurses
    • Huron Respite Network

Resources for Families and Youth Leaders

 

Rural Response for Healthy Children - view interviews with Jill Robertson on the Staysh

Help Do Local Good

The Town of Goderich has partnered with the United Way Perth-Huron on a “caremongering” initiative to connect those most affected by COVID-19 with those willing to lend a hand. 

A new website has been launched at helpdolocalgood.ca to join people together, providing information on how to help and how to receive help, including: 

  • Donate to an Urgent Needs Fund that has been established to support individuals and families cope with the economic and emotional fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Volunteer sign-up to coordinate those able to contribute their time and energy to helping others in the community.
  • Information and resources for the community, including the 211 community information line.

An associated Facebook group called Huron-Perth Covid 19 Resource Group - Help is Close to Home has also been created to connect people close by.  Additional ways to get involved are to contact reception@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or call 519-271-7730 to leave a phone number and briefly describe how and where you can help.