Communications and Updates
Township of The Archipelago Notices and Updates
- Message from Reeve Liverance - January 13, 2021
- COVID-19 Update from West Parry Sound Health Centre, June 5, 2020
- Joint Media Release - May Long Weekend-Be Prepared Plan Ahead, May 13, 2020
- Message from Reeve Liverance, May 13, 2020
- Message from Reeve Liverance, May 9, 2020
- Reeve Liverance Message to MPP Norm Miller, May 1, 2020
- Message from Reeve Liverance, May 1, 2020
- Joint Media Release, Restricted Fire Zone- No Burning, April 30, 2020
- Message from Reeve Liverance - April 24, 2020
- Message from Reeve Liverance - April 9, 2020
- Building Permits & Planning Applications Update - April 8, 2020
- Closure of Holiday Cove Marina, Pointe au Baril Wharf and
all Municipal Boat Launches/Access Points - April 7, 2020
- Restricted Fire Zone Declaration due to COVID-19 - April 2, 2020
- Message from Reeve Bert Liverance - April 1st, 2020
- Notice of Special Open Air Burning Restrictions, Effective April 6, 2020
- Notice of Availability of Water at the Pointe au Baril Community Centre - March 27, 2020
- Municipal Operations Update - March 16, 2020
- Municipal Operations Update - March 13, 2020
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Community News Releases and Information
- Ontario strengthens enforcement of province-wide Stay-at-Home order
- Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency Order and Stay at Home Order - April 7, 2021
- News Release - This Spring Break, Do Your Part: Stop the Surge - March 29, 2021
- COVID-19 Appointments to be Scheduled Online or By Phone Only - March 12, 2021
- News Release - COVID-19 Outbreak at Lakeland Long-Term Care Home - January 7, 2021
- News Release - West Parry Sound Experiencing Increase in Individuals Testing Positive for COVID-19 - December 19, 2020
- News Release - COVID-19 Recommendations for the Holidays - December 11, 2020
- News Release - Act Now to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 - November 12, 2020
- News Release - Gathering Restrictions Expanded to all of Ontario - September 21, 2020
- News Release - Face Covering Mandate in Effect Tomorrow - July 24, 2020
- News Release - Health Unit Releases Details About Mandated Face Coverings - July 17, 2020
- News Release - Health Unit Will Mandate Face Coverings - July 13, 2020
- News Release - North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit Moves to Stage 2 - June 9, 2020
- Medical Officer of Health for the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit talks about the importance of staying at home, masks, testing and more - April 13, 2020
- COVID-19 COMMUNITY INFORMATION PACKAGE - March 27, 2020 *Updated April 24, 2020*
- News Release Re: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Parry Sound - March 12, 2020
- A press conference regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Parry Sound Area was held on March 13, 2020. Click here to view.
- Province of Ontario - Ontario Temporarily Moving to Modified Step Two of Roadmap to Reopen - January 3, 2022
- Province of Ontario - Ontario Further Strengthening Response to Omicron - December 17, 2021
- Province of Ontario - Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown - January 12, 2021
- Province of Ontario - Provincewide Shutdown - December 21, 2020
- Province of Ontario - List of Essential Workplaces - April 04, 2020
- Social Distancing and Self-Isolation Instructions for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- News Release: Health Unit Following Chief Medical Officer of Health's Recommendation - March 17, 2020
- News Release: COVID-19 Assessment and Testing - March 20, 2020
- News Release: Health Unit Following up with Close Contacts of a Positive COVID-19 Individual who Resides and was Tested Outside of the Health Unit District - March 25, 2020
Current Restrictions and Service Limitations in West Parry Sound
|Everyone is encouraged to limit shopping trips to once per week, to shop for essential items only and if possible, have one-person shop for the household. Plan ahead and make a list of what you need to limit your number of trips into the store(s) to reduce wait times and lineups.
For new arrivals to the community, you are encouraged to please bring what you need from home and be prepared to self support upon your arrival. This will reduce your time spent waiting in line-ups, reducing your stress and supporting continued social distancing.
*Note: if you are a senior or an individual maintaining a required or imposed isolation there is a grocery assistance program offered by the Rotary Club to help you. The program can do your in-store shopping and provide you with curb-side pickup thereby keeping you out of the store. Please see the link for further detailed, www.parrysound.ca/help
Please be patient, positive and friendly to those working in our stores, the combination of COVID-19 procedural changes, staffing shortages, and an influx of seasonal residents arriving for the summer season will cause delays, these staff members are doing their best to serve you in a timely and safe manner.
Remember non-essential businesses that are typically open for the May long remain closed or have limited services such as curb-side pick-up, while they are preparing to serve you after Provincial restrictions are lifted, their services will be limited or not available.
Local grocery stores are well stocked with supplies, however due to measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect their customers and staff, our grocery stores have special procedures in place to limit the number of people in the stores at one time to ensure physical distancing is possible.
This means delays entering the stores, you will be required to line up and wait your turn to enter. Physical distancing measures are also in place throughout the stores including one-way isles and changes to check out procedures. The wearing of personal protective equipment, such as masks, are encouraged.
|HARDWARE STORES & GARDEN CENTRES|
|Effective May 8 & 9, 2020 Hardware stores and Garden Centres were permitted to re-open to in-store shopping. Our stores have re-opened however they have procedural changes and restrictions in place to ensure physical distancing is practiced, these include limiting the number of people in the stores.|
|LOCAL RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKE-OUT OR DELIVERY|
|While restaurants have been ordered closed to public access, they are still able to offer take-out or delivery services.
Click here for a list of food providers in the West Parry Sound Area offering take-out and/or delivery options.
|MESSAGE FROM THE WEST PARRY SOUND HEALTH CENTRE|
At West Parry Sound Health Centre we are always prepared to meet the health care needs of everyone who relies on our care and service. In addition to the usual limitations associated with COVID-19 preparedness and response, please know that as we prepare to enter this long-weekend and the summer season that follows, we are functioning under significant restrictions. Many of these restrictions are required by provincial authorities; other limitations are the result of scarcity of resources: people, supplies (including personal protective equipment,) treatment equipment, and space.
The health centre continues to provide care while working in a very fragile state. We see this continuing throughout the summer.
We are extremely thankful for the ongoing generosity of our seasonal property owners. Proportionally, and by value, they are the biggest donors supporting health care services in West Parry Sound. We ask that they come prepared and committed to ‘tread lightly’ on all of the public infrastructure services that we collectively rely on.
We offer the following advice:
BYOS (bring your own stuff)
• Please prepare for a slow and safe merge into community life. Bring a supply of groceries, prescriptions, beverages, and other items that will be used and consumed.
Practice and promote precautions
• Arrive in our community with a strong commitment to physical distancing.
• Maintain a keen awareness that this will not be summer-as-usual in all of the places where we love to gather: festivals, markets, public watersides, and family celebrations.
• Bring with you, non-medical grade masks for necessary outings and always wear your mask properly covering your nose and mouth.
• Avoid gatherings that involve people not included in your daily seasonal household.
Eliminate all avoidable risk
• Please, please, please - avoid risk and the potential need for emergency health care.
• This is not the summer for risky DIY, like cutting down the very large pine tree that’s been hanging over the screen porch. This is not the summer for a careless barefoot encounter with a rattlesnake.
• Hire a local professional and support (not visit) your local hospital.
|For information on the current Fire Danger Rating in the Township of The Archipelago, click here: http://www.thearchipelago.on.ca/p/fire-rating
|CROWN LAND CAMPING RESTRICTIONS|
Starting June 1, 2020, Ontario is reopening recreational camping on Crown Land managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
No more than five people are allowed to camp together in a group, unless they live in the same household. https://www.ontario.ca/page/recreational-activities-on-crown-land
Provincial Parks are also permitting back country camping. https://www.ontarioparks.com/covid19
|At this time, marinas remain closed to the public, except to facilitate residents to access their water access property. According to recent Provincial announcements- starting May 16, 2020, Marinas can resume recreational services.|
|POINTE AU BARIL WHARF AND WATER ACCESS SITES|
The Pointe au Baril Wharf, including docks, boat launch, washroom facility etc. will be open as of May 15th, 2020.
All Municipal boat launches/access sites will be open as of May 15th, 2020.
If you need to go out on the water please observe Province mandated social distancing protocols.
1. Limit the people aboard to those family members you share your home with, period—no guests.
2. No rafting with other boats or congregating at beaches.
3. Maintain a safe distance while loading or fueling the boat.
4. Disinfect or wash your hands regularly and after touching surfaces such as a fuel pump.
5. Pack what you need and do not plan to stop.
Stay 2 metres away from other boats or people that are not part of your household.
|NO GROUPS GREATER THAN FIVE|
Public events and social gatherings of more than five people are prohibited by the Province of Ontario.
Get togethers with friends and family members outside of your household resulting in a group greater than five people is strictly prohibited.
|PHYSICAL DISTANCING ON THE WATER|
Physical distancing rules still apply, even on the water. If you need to go out on the water, please take precautions to ensure you are being safe and continuing to distance from others, this means no beaching your boat next to someone else and no rafting up while on the water.
Stay 2 metres away from other boats or people that are not part of your household.
|TRAVEL BETWEEN COMMUNITIES|
Traveling outside of your community for any reason puts yourself and others at risk of contracting COVID-19. Although it may seem harmless to go out of the area to do your grocery shopping or visit a family member, you risk spreading the virus to another community or bringing it back to your own.
Car accidents, breakdowns and unplanned bathroom breaks could also risk furthering the spread of the virus.
Facility Closures / Changes in Operations
|Municipal Office - Closed to Public Access|
Until further notice, the Township Office located at 9 James Street, Parry Sound, will have no public access. Municipal services will continue to be provided.
Please see payment options for the payment of property taxes and miscellaneous invoices issued by the Township.
How to Reach Municipal Staff
The public can interact with staff through telephone and emails, Monday to Friday (8:30 am-12:00pm and 1:00 pm-4:30 pm). Please see the staff directory.
The drop box system at the entrance to the Municipal Office can be used to submit payments, applications and other documentation.
|Landfill Site 9 and Waste Transfer Stations|
All waste sites in the Township remain open.Please click hereto view hours of operation for all North Waste sites.
Please click here to view hours of operation for all South Waste sites.
Please click here to view hours of operation for all Township Waste sites.
6 AUGUST 2021 UPDATE: Due to the proliferation of the delta variant of COVID-19, we are maintaining current levels of service at our transfer sites and landfill. Health and safety of our staff and residents remains paramount.
Some staff may feel more comfortable than others in assisting rate payers with handling of their waste and recycling. We are allowing this added level of flexibility. However, you should be aware that we are not specifically requiring staff to assist. It is at their discretion and level of comfort.
As noted below, use of masks, personal protective equipment (PPE), and social distancing continue to be required.
In light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the Operations unit at the Township of The Archipelago is adapting measures to ensure the safety of our staff and our residents. Effective immediately, we are taking the following steps at our waste/transfer facilities:
|Pointe au Baril Community Centre & Library - Closed|
The Pointe au Baril Community Centre is closed to the public and all regular events are cancelled until further notice.
The Pointe au Baril Public Library is now open for curbside pick up and drop off during regular winter hours, Monday 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Please click here for contact information regarding the library in Pointe au Baril.
|Pointe au Baril Community Centre Public Water|
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Legislative Requirements, the Township may not be able to service the provision of water located at the Community Centre in the near future. It is therefore imperative that you find alternative arrangements for water as soon as possible.
As of May 14th, 2020 water will be available 24/7. Staff will be periodically sanitizing the push button and the discharge point several times during the day. Please be diligent and utilize the hand sanitizer prior to and after using the tap. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
|Pointe au Baril Wharf - Closed for the Season|
The Pointe au Baril Wharf is now closed for the season. Please click here for more information regarding this facility.
|Pointe au Baril Lighthouse - Closed|
|Unfortunately, the Pointe au Baril Lighthouse will not be open to the public this summer. Please click here to read the history of the Lighthouse and to view the award winning documentary about Emmaline Madigan who has spent many years living and working at this historic site.|
|Holiday Cove Marina - Closed for the Season|
Holiday Cove Marina is now closed for the season. Please see Holiday Cove Marina for more information regarding the Marina.
|Municipal Boat Launches/Access Points - Closed for the Season|
All municipal boat launches/access points within the Township of The Archipelago are now closed for the season.
Meeting / Event Cancellations
To ensure the practice of proper social distancing measures, and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, Council Meetings will take place through electronic means only and will not be physically open to the public. All meetings will be recorded and will be posted on the Township website for members of the public to view. The minutes will remain the official record of the meetings.
The Township is encouraging delegates to provide written delegations as in-person delegations are not being permitted at this time.
The public may submit comments regarding agenda matters to Maryann Weaver, Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Committee of Adjustment and the Archipelago Area Planning Board)
Federal / Provincial / Municipal Support
Shopping and Food Delivery Services
Grocery/Supply DeliveriesThe Rotary Club and Sobeys are working together to ensure that residents in the Parry Sound area can get groceries and supplies. This service is intended for seniors, those with health issues and people who are self-isolating / quarantined and unable to shop. Visit www.parrysound.ca/help or call (705) 996-0716 to request assistance. If you would like to assist with shopping and deliveries, the website also has a place for you to sign up to volunteer or to donate.
Shop Local - Retail StoresKeep in mind, many local businesses rely on shoppers and are heavily impacted by the closures. Many have switched to offer pick-ups or deliveries. Contact your local merchants before shopping with non-local online retailers. Most grocery stores and pharmacies have reduced their retail hours, and many are offering seniors only hours. Visit their websites for up-to-date information.
COVID-19 Assessment Centre (Parry Sound)
- Travel outside of Canada.
- Had close interactions with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.
- Had close interactions with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 who recently traveled outside of Canada or to an impacted area within Canada.