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March 13, 2020 – HH COVID-19 Planning and Communications

March 14, 2020


MEDIA RELEASE
13 Mar 2020
 
Hastings Highlands COVID-19 Planning and Communications
 
Maynooth, ON – The Municipality of Hastings Highlands continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Hastings Highlands wishes to release the following information to the community:
Hastings Highlands Meetings
All meetings during the time period Thursday, March 19th to Sunday, April 5th will be postponed until further notice due to the increasing concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when we are able to do so.
The scheduled Regular Meeting of Council for Wednesday, March 18th will move forward as scheduled and the agenda will be amended to only address urgent municipal business.
During this time of heightened concern, at Hastings Highlands we:
·         Are increasing the frequency of disinfecting in all of our common spaces
·         Are increasing access to hand sanitizers
·         Are adding additional hand washing stations in high traffic areas
·         Continue to communicate with the community as new information becomes available or as new requirements become necessary
Hastings Highlands Buildings and Facilities
All non-essential gatherings at Hastings Highlands Municipal facilities will be postponed until further notice due to the increasing concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
Hastings Highlands Staff
We encourage staff to stay calm and continue with infection control practices, such as, frequent hand washing, coughing into sleeve – not hands, and remaining at home if feeling unwell.
Cleaning supplies are available to staff for cleaning their personal workspace. More updates for staff will be available as the situation unfolds.
Conclusion
Hastings Highlands has increased signage in public areas such as entranceways, washrooms, staff rooms and hallways encouraging everyone to take all necessary precautions.
We will continue to provide updates to assist with keeping everyone informed.
 
– Vic A. Bodnar, Mayor of Hastings Highlands ###