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Media Release #30 - State of Emergency Declared in Leeds and the Thousand Islands

Posted on Monday April 19, 2021



Media Release #30


April 19, 2021, Lansdowne, ON State of Emergency Declared in Leeds and the Thousand Islands


The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands has declared a State of Emergency in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act, effective at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021. Declaring an emergency supports the Provincial Stay-at-Home emergency orders and allows the Township additional powers to protect the health and safety of all individuals, families, and businesses. It is expected that this order will remain in place until May 20, 2021, to align with the provincial order.


Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke acknowledged, “We understand this is a challenging time, and we are all experiencing some degree of COVID fatigue. But this is not the time to let off the brakes.” She continued, “We are reactivating the Township’s State of Emergency and want to be clear that non-essential travel is restricted. Please limit your movement to essential activities only, such as groceries and medical appointments. We look forward to welcoming our seasonal residents and visitors to the area when the restrictions are lifted.”


Please note the following as it relates to municipal operations:

  • Council, Committee of the Whole, and Committees of Council will continue to meet virtually.
  • In person recreation and leisure programming are suspended.
  • Township facilities are closed.
  • Waste sites are operating regular hours with covid protocols in place.
    • Building permit applications will continue to be accepted, reviewed, and processed; residential construction is permitted; please obtain your permit prior to beginning work.
    • Library branches are offering curb-side service.


Stay Safe Outdoors

  • Parks and play structures are open.
  • Sport courts, fields, skate park, ball diamonds, and picnic areas/pavilions are closed.
    • Municipal boat ramps are open for local use; please follow safe boating practices including physical distancing at ramps and docks.
    • The County-wide burn ban remains in place; campfires and fires for cooking are permitted.


Please also note, short-term house rentals are only permitted for individuals that require accommodation (e.g. essential workers, self-isolation/quarantine, or for housing). For clarification, please contact the local Health Unit.


The Township Emergency Control Group will meet regularly and monitor information from the Leeds Grenville Lanark District Health Unit and the province; and will update the public accordingly. Staff continue to follow current restrictions and safety recommendations and are prepared to adapt as necessary to ensure continuity of essential services as new information is provided.


A reminder: The Township office is closed to the public. Staff continue to work and are available by phone, email, electronic meeting, and by appointment under special circumstances. Members of the public can reach staff by calling 613-659-2415, by emailing, or by scheduling an appointment using the online form.


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.   


For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and booking criteria, please visit the health unit’s website:


For more information, contact:


Kimberly Westgate, Community Emergency Management Coordinator

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

613-659-2415 ext. 231 or


Kim Goodman, Public Information Officer &

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

613-659-2415 ext. 207 or


Corinna Smith-Gatcke, Mayor

Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands

613-561-4980 or


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