WEST NIPISSING, ON – The Government of Ontario has implemented a provincewide shutdown beginning at 12:01 a.m. on December 26. The shutdown is expected to look similar to the province-wide lockdown last March. Our district, along with the rest of Northern Ontario will be under shutdown for 14 days, unless extended by the province. Under the grey-lockdown level of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework, restrictions include a ban on indoor social gatherings with anyone outside of your household, the closure of many non-essential businesses and most fitness facilities, as well as limiting restaurants and bars to take-out and delivery services only.
The Municipality is actively monitoring the situation and continues to follow proper protocol as per our health authorities. Residents can rest assured that we are committed to serving the public and will continue to offer essential services to our community. Updates will be shared to keep residents informed on any changes to municipal services and programs, and in the event that the lockdown is extended.
We urge our residents to continue to follow public health measures and avoid all non-essential travel, especially outside of our district. Let’s all do our part to have fun and safe celebrations this holiday. A reminder that the safest way to spend the holidays is by only celebrating in-person with the people you live with, and celebrating virtually with everyone else.
The Municipality wishes everyone healthy and happy holidays.
Municipal Facilities and Services
Municipal Office (Town Hall)
Effective at 4:00 p.m. on December 24, the Municipal Office will be closed to all walk-in visits for the duration of the shutdown. In-person essential services will be conducted by appointment only. When possible, we ask that residents pay bills online, at banking machines or by dropping a cheque into the drop-box located at the front of the building. For inquiries and appointments, residents may contact the Municipality by telephone at 705-753-2250 or by email to email@example.com.
Service requests may also be submitted online.
The Municipality will continue to provide water sample kits and accept well water samples. Residents are asked to make an appointment prior to visiting the Municipal office. Contactless pick up and drop off take place at the Municipal office’s front entrance at 225 Holditch Street. The usual Wednesday deadline still applies for this service. For inquiries and appointments, please call 705-753-2250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community and Recreation Centre
The Pool and Fitness Centre at the Community and Recreation Centre will be closed to the public until January 11. For information on bookings, residents can contact the Recreation Centre at 705-753-0160.
Sturgeon Falls and Verner Arenas
Arenas will be closed for the duration of the shutdown.
COVID-19 Testing Centre
The West Nipissing Assessment Centre will be open for regular business hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) from December 21 to 23 and December 28 to 30. The Centre will be closed for the holidays on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1. Please call 705-580-2186 to make an appointment.
Curbside Waste and Recycling
Curbside pickup will not be affected and will continue as regularly scheduled. Note that there are no changes to the pickup schedule during the holidays.
The Sturgeon Falls Landfill will be closed to the general public until Monday, January 11. The free Saturday of the month will be rescheduled to Saturday, January 16, unless the lockdown is extended. All other landfills will remain open as they serve residents who do not have curbside pickup community-wide.
Winter Snow Removal
Snow removal and road maintenance services will not be impacted.
Outdoor rinks are permitted to open. Work is underway to open our outdoor rinks soon (weather permitting). Due to concerns with infection prevention and control, heated facilities, change rooms and public washrooms will not be available. A maximum of 15 people will be permitted on the ice at a time. Please plan and dress accordingly. An update will be posted on social media and our Arenas and Rinks page as soon as they are open.
To stay up to date on Municipal services and Programs, visit our COVID-19 Information page.