Mayor Peckford declares a State of Emergency for North Grenville


Mayor Nancy Peckford has declared a State of Emergency for the Municipality of North Grenville in support of provincial efforts. This decision is unanimously supported by Municipal Council and the Emergency Control Group.

The declaration of a municipal emergency is part of North Grenville’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. It will ensure that North Grenville’s municipal government can continue to respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise from it in the weeks ahead.

“By declaring an emergency, we are imploring citizens in North Grenville to take responsibility for their everyday actions by staying at home and practicing social distancing at every opportunity to help us stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“COVID-19 knows no boundaries,“ emphasized Peckford. “Given North Grenville’s proximity to the National Capital Region and multiple points of entry from the US border, it is critical that we act as prudently as possible,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford.   “The risk is real.”

“The time is now to ensure everyone is doing their part to support our emergency services and our brave healthcare workers from across the region. The entire Municipality and all of our combined resources must be focused on flattening the curve.  We must fight COVID-19 together,” Peckford added.

Declaring an emergency is not an indication that the crisis has escalated in our community. It means that, as a Municipality, our priority is to be proactive and prepared.

The formal Declaration also provides the Municipality of Grenville with additional powers and tools to protect the health and safety of local residents. It streamlines the decision-making process through the Municipality’s Emergency Control Group so they can act as quickly as possible when they need to.

This declaration aligns with the Government of Ontario’s Declaration of Emergency made March 17, 2020, and with declarations being made by other municipalities across the province.

While core municipal operations are continuing, the Municipality of North Grenville has taken many steps to protect the health and safety of the community during this unprecedented time.

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