MAYNARD - After careful consideration and in consultation with the Municipal Emergency Control Group, Mayor Doug Malanka has declared a municipal state of emergency in accordance with The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act at 10:15 hours on Friday March 27, 2020.
The declaration of an emergency, under Section 4 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, allows the Township to use all available options to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents and aligns with the Government of Ontario's Declaration of Emergency made March 17, 2020.
The state of emergency is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Declaring an emergency is not an indication that the crisis has escalated in our community. It means that, as a Township, our priority is to be proactive and prepared. It will ensure that Augusta Township's municipal government can continue to respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise from it in the weeks ahead.
We are declaring an emergency, in order to protect everyone in our Township. We need residents who feel they are not at risk personally to recognize how serious (and potentially deadly) this pandemic can be to all, especially our elderly and those with a compromised immune system. The formal Declaration also provides the Township of Augusta with additional powers and tools to protect the health and safety of 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.
"Let's continue to do our part to flatten the curve by acting on the advice of our public health officials by staying home, leaving only if necessary, and practicing physical distancing and protecting our at-risk population." said Mayor Doug Malanka.
We will update residents as the situation develops.