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Media Release 15

Posted on Thursday May 07, 2020

For Immediate Release

Media Release #15 The Township Reminds Residents to Play Safe – Boat Ramps Open – Burn Ban Lifted – Municipal Parks Remain Closed

May 7, 2020 (Lansdowne, ON) – The Province of Ontario has extended Emergency Orders through to May 19. The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands  continues to monitor and update information as it relates to local service delivery and impacts of COVID-19.

With warmer weather, longer hours of sunlight, and Victoria Day long weekend approaching, Township residents are reminded to take safety precautions when participating in outdoor activities; continue to practice social distancing.

Fire Services

  • The Burn Ban will be lifted effective Friday May 8 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Make sure your free burn permit is up-to-date
  • All rules will be enforced and fines will be applied for infractions


Municipal boat ramps are open. The RCMP and OPP are present on the St. Lawrence River and will be monitoring boating activity.

If you head out on the water, please take the following precautions:

  • Use a personal floatation device (PDF); water temperatures are cold and hypothermia can set in quickly
  • Maintain social distancing at boat ramps
  • Do not beach or raft-up near other boats
  • No guests on your boat – family members only
  • Go right from your house to the boat and back – avoid unnecessary stops

If residents have concerns regarding seasonal residents entering from the United States by water access contact the Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.


Fresh air and exercise are important for physical and mental well-being.

  • Municipal parks and other area parklands remain closed
  • Some area trails are accessible; remember to social distance on trails and do not use common areas such as picnic tables and benches

Revised List of Essential Businesses

On May 6, 2020, the Province released a list of businesses that are able to reopen under the Framework for Reopening our Province and following health and safety guidelines

  • Please follow posted rules/recommendations on distancing
  • Shop local, where possible

As always, resident are reminded to follow guidelines and recommendations to protect their health and to limit the spread of COVID-19

  • Practice social distancing; maintain distances of 2m
  • No groups or gatherings of more than 5 people or beyond your immediate family
  • If you are feeling unwell, or displaying signs of COVID-19, self isolate or visit your local assessment centre
  • Use proper hand-washing techniques
  • Limit travel to essential purposes only
  • Refrain from visiting cottage and seasonal properties

Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke adds, “While I am excited to see spring’s arrival, I want to caution our residents that they need to remain vigilant in their activities/actions to help protect their health, to limit the spread of COVID-19, and to protect both front line workers and emergency service providers.”

For more information regarding the impact of COVID-19 on local services visit the Township’s website or contact:

Kimberly Westgate, Community Emergency Management Coordinator
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
613-659-2415 ext. 231

Kim Goodman, Public Information Officer
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
613-659-2415 ext. 207

Corinna Smith-Gatcke, Mayor
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

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