Reopening Phases

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Guided by the Province of Ontario’s Reopening Framework, our top priority is protecting the health and safety of staff and residents. Final decisions about when to open specific facilities and restart individual services are made based on the following guiding principles:

  • Protection of public health
  • Service to the community
  • Maintenance of facilities and assets
  • Community priorities
  • Economic recovery
  • Health, well-being and productivity
  • Legal or regulatory requirements 
  • Resource availability

Ensuring a Safe Environment

In order to ensure a safe environment for both staff and residents, measures will be implemented throughout each reopening phase. These measures include:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Physical Distancing
  • Health Screening
  • Cleaning
  • Stop the Spread
  • Communication

 "Safe work environments during COVID-19 include PPE, physical distancing and frequent cleaning of hands and surfaces"


Phases of Reopening

The following table summarizes our reopening plan in three phases – Phase One (Early Stages), Phase 2 (Gradual Recovery) and Phase 3 (Our New Reality).  At any time, the reopening phases may revert back to a previous phase, based on direction from the Ontario Government, Public Health Ontario and Huron Perth Public Health

For the status of municipal services related to the current reopening phase enacted by the Municipality, visit our COVID-19 information page.

Phase One

(Early Stages)

Phase Two

(Gradual Recovery)

Phase Three

(Our New Reality)

  • All municipal facilities and offices closed to the public
  • Most recreation programs and events cancelled/postponed
  • Limited return to the workplace
  • Many staff continue to work from home. Essential staff continue to work under enhanced health and safety guidelines.
  • Restrictions on the number of people gathering in public in place
  • Many services available online
  • Active and passive parks re-open under new guidelines/restrictions
  • Where required, staff return under enhanced health and safety guidelines. Many staff working from home.
  • Restrictions on the number of people gathering
  • Most outdoor municipal amenities are open to the public
  • Many services available online

Two elements in this Phase: 

  • Most facilities and offices reopen to the public in a phased approach with enhanced health and safety guidelines
  • Town Hall to first open by appointment only and then later to walk-in service where general building access becomes limited
  • Measures to enable physical distancing and health screening upon entry
  • Most recreation programming and events return under enhanced health and safety guidelines
  • South Huron Recreation Centre to open first to limited activities and broadening based on Provincial Orders
  • Relaxed restrictions on the number of people gathering to follow the Provincial Orders
  • Some staff continue to work from home or a combination
  • Outdoor municipal amenities are open to the public

For the status of municipal services during the reopening phases, please visit our COVID-19 Hub page. 

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