By Chad Ingram
The Township of Algonquin Highlands has closed its administration office on North Shore Road to the public amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was made at a March 17 meeting of the township's emergency control group.
"This measure has been undertaken in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and particularly with regard to the province’s emergency declaration" reads a press release from the township.
On March 17 Premier Doug Ford announced a state of emergency in the province due to the coronavirus which includes sweeping measures such as a prohibiting group gatherings of more than 50 people the closure of entertainment venues and tight restrictions for the operators of restaurants and bars.
"Our first priority is for the protection of the public and staff" the township release reads. " The public can be assured that essential services will be retained as best as possible. Our fire services will continue to operate at full capacity with appropriate precautions in place."
Other modifications include the closure of the Stanhope Airport's terminal building but aviation operations continue and fuel remains available. Interaction with building bylaw and planning staff is by appointment only and residents are encouraged to use online options and consider the urgency of their request at this time.
The water trails office is closed to the public as of March 18 while the township's trails remain open. Landfills also remain open for regular hours for the time being.
After a meeting by members of the township'semergency operations centre on Friday March 13 the township closed its community centres cancelled all programming and suspended meetings of committees of council.