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Media Release #10 - COVID-19 Update - Easter Weekend

Posted on Wednesday April 08, 2020

For Immediate Release  

Media Release 10 

April 8 2020, Lansdowne, ON Stay Safe Stay Home- Easter Weekend Reminders and Township Service Updates in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). United Counties of Leeds and Grenville declares State of Emergency regarding COVID-19.


(LANSDOWNE) - The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands continues to monitor and update information regarding service changes and community resources in response to the COVID-19 Emergency. On April 8, 2020 the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville declared a State of Emergency regarding COVID-19 and urged residents to stay isolated Easter Weekend.


With Easter Weekend approaching the Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke reminds residents “Please continue physical-distancing and self-isolating during this long weekend. Visiting could spread the COVID-19 virus to friends and family”. She further requests residents to please remember that Township parks and recreation facilities are closed to residents to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  “It’s a challenging time for everyone but we need to continue to isolate ourselves to protect our residents and community, and only venture out for essential trips”.  To report activities occurring contrary to the provincial order please contact the OPP Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or call the local detachment or report online.


The Township reminds cottagers all non-essential travel should be restricted and that includes travelling to seasonal residences.


Township Boat Ramps will be closed for public use until further notice. Now is not the time to be launching your boat, this could put you and your family at risk and could result in incidents that could require emergency response which redirects resources from where they are needed at this time.  Under provincial directive you are only allowed to launch a boat to access a primary residence.


Effective April 9, all conservation areas and trails owned by the CRCA will be closed to the public until further notice.  Charleston Lake Provincial Park, Thousand Islands National Park and facilities operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission are all also closed. Accessing these popular area has resulted in larger groupings of people and residents are reminded that they can be charged with trespassing if the facility is closed.

A burn ban is in effect for the Township to protect people and communities from the risk of preventable human-caused fires and to ensure that the Township’s Volunteer Fire Fighters remain healthy and reduce the potential for exposure during the COVID-19 outbreak,


Township Waste Sites will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.  Waste sites will be open regular hours on Saturday.


On April 3, 2020, following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government reduced the list of businesses classified as essential and ordered more workplaces to close.  New residential construction starts will not be permitted and residential construction that is near completion will be permitted to continue. New building permits will not be issued for any work that is not identified as essential.


Seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds are not identified as essential businesses and are required to be closed. For Ontarians whose only Canadian residence is at a seasonal trailer park or campground, they are permitted to continue their occupancy and complete their mandatory self-isolation as required under the order made by the federal government.


Business-owners with questions concerning their essential business status are encouraged to call the Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659. The hotline is available from 8:30 a.m.? 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m.— 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information regarding all municipal services can be found on the Township’s website.



For more information, contact:


Kimberly Westgate, Community Emergency Management Coordinator

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

613-659-2415 ext. 231


Kim Goodman, Director of Community and Business Services

Township of Leeds and the Thosuand Islands

613-659-2415 ext. 207


Corinna Smith-Gatcke, Mayor

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands



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