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Bruce County Municipal facilities begin to reopen to to the public

Municipalities in Bruce County are lifting their states of emergency and reopening administrative buildings to the public.

On Monday, September 13, Bruce County Administrative buildings in Walkerton, Kincardine, Port Elgin, and Wiarton will begin to welcome the public back for in-person service. People are asked to follow public health measures, and book appointments ahead of time if possible.

“Through this pandemic, Bruce County has actively responded with a number of measures to help protect Residents, Businesses, and Staff,” said Bruce County Warden Janice Jackson, “As Ontario reopens, Bruce County will continue to deliver critical and essential services, like Paramedic Services, Long Term Care, Roads
Maintenance, and essential customer services.”

Bruce County Public Library Branches are open to the public, with capacity limits and distancing measures in place. Curbside pickup and virtual programming continue. Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is open to the public, with capacity limits and distancing measures in place.

In Grey Bruce, 83% of eligible residents (12+) have one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 77% are fully vaccinated

Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody has officially lifted the State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Declaring an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act gives municipal governments access to tools, funding, and resources to protect residents’ health and safety. The Municipality declared a State of Emergency on March 23, 2020.

“The residents and businesses of Brockton have been diligent in response to the challenges we have faced in the community as a result of the pandemic. Locally we see a low rate of new cases and the vaccination rates continue to rise which allows us to consider this next step. It is time for our community to move forward adapting to living with COVID- 19 and our new normal. This does not mean the pandemic is over. This is a step towards re-opening our community as our staff continue to adapt and deliver essential services to the community.” Mayor Chris Peabody remarked.

The Town of Saugeen Shores announced that the state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic was lifted as of 10:00 p.m. on Monday, September 13. The Town declared a state of emergency on March 24, 2020.

“With low case numbers and high levels of vaccination, it is time for Saugeen Shores to exit the state of emergency declared in March 2020,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “The end of the state of emergency does not mean the pandemic is over. It is simply another step forward toward reopening our community. I want to thank Town staff for their ongoing dedication in delivering essential services for our community during a challenging time.”

The municipality of Kincardine lifted their state of Emergency September 9th.

Mayor Gerry Glover said, “The declared State of Emergency gave the municipality tools and resources to address the unprecedented nature of the challenges posed by the pandemic,” said Mayor Glover. “We’ve seen positive signs in the fight against COVID-19 in our area – including a low incidence of new cases and high vaccination rates –which let’s us to take this step towards a new normal.”
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