On Thursday, April 1, 2021, the Provincial government announced that it is imposing an “Emergency Brake” across Ontario beginning Saturday, April 3, 2021 as a result of the increase in COVID-19 infections provincially and to prevent the further spread of the virus. In response to the new measures from the Province, Municipal operations will continue as follows:

Staff services and continuity of business

Municipal staff continue to work remotely from home, where possible.

Municipal services continue to be available by email and / or phone. Some in-person services, such as issuing essential licences and permits, are available by appointment only.

Recreation programs and facilities

All indoor recreation programs and activities are cancelled, and facilities are closed while the Emergency Brake is in place.

No registrations for in-person recreation activities will be processed until the Emergency Brake is lifted by the Province. Virtual recreation opportunities will be available and posted on the Recreation page.

Parks, trails, and playgrounds remain open, but residents are reminded to maintain physical distancing of at least two metres from people not in their household and to avoid gatherings of more than five people.

Building services and construction

Municipal building inspections continue to take place by appointment. There are no impacts to current construction projects at this time.

Municipal Transit Service

Municipal transit, including the ROLLS service, continues to operate as scheduled. Enhanced cleaning measures continue on transit vehicles, per the usual protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Library services

The Port Hope Public Library will offer contactless curbside service beginning Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the Mary J. Benson Branch. Visit the Library website for curbside pick-up hours and details.

Organizational preparedness

The Municipality’s senior leadership team is carefully monitoring developments on COVID-19, with frequent updates from Ontario Health and local health partners. Residents can expect regular updates from the Municipality on the dedicated COVID-19 web page.

Quote from Mayor Sanderson

“The Provincial announcement placing all of Ontario into the Emergency Brake is disappointing, but we have seen an uptick in COVID-19 cases in our own community recently and these measures are understandably required. Fortunately, we can still enjoy some time outdoors this spring, so long as we’re adhering to the physical distancing measures of at least two meters. The next few weeks are crucial, and we must all contribute to the solution by staying close to home and keeping our loved ones safe.”