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Ontario Outlines Steps to Cautiously and Gradually Ease Public Health Measures

With key public health and health care indicators starting to show signs of improvement, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will cautiously and gradually ease public health measures, starting on January 31, 2022.

 January 31, 2022
 

Effective January 31, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Ontario will begin the process of gradually easing restrictions, while maintaining protective measures, including but not limited to:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.
  • Increasing or maintaining capacity limits at 50 per cent in indoor public settings, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities;
    • Retailers (including grocery stores and pharmacies)
    • Shopping malls;
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms;
    • Cinemas;
    • Meeting and event spaces;
    • Recreational amenities and amusement parks, including water parks;
    • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and similar attractions; and
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Religious services, rites, or ceremonies.
  • Allowing spectator areas of facilities such as sporting events, concert venues and theatres to operate at 50 per cent seated capacity or 500 people, whichever is less.

Enhanced proof of vaccination, and other requirements would continue to apply in existing settings.

 February 17, 2022
 

Effective February 17, 2022, Ontario will lift public health measures, including:

  • Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
  • Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
    • Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
    • Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
    • Cinemas
    • Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
    • Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
  • Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
  • Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
  • Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
  • Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.
  • Capacity limits in other indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls, will be maintained at, or increased to, the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance.
 March 1, 2022
 

On March 1, Ontario intends to take additional steps to ease public health measures if public health and health system indicators continue to improve. This includes lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings.

Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date.

To manage COVID-19 over the long-term, public health units can deploy local and regional responses based on local context and conditions.

To manage COVID-19 over the long-term, local and regional responses by public health units may be deployed based on local context and conditions.

Get more information:

 


 

Status of Town facilities and services 

As directed by the Province of Ontario, the Town of Tillsonburg has adjusted its operations to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our area. With the decrease in COVID-19 cases, all facilities have reopened, although some staff will continue to work from home on a part-time basis.

Town Offices
Building, Planning and By-Law (10 Lisgar Ave.)

Limited capacity (1 at Building/Bylaw desk).

Corporate Office (200 Broadway)

Public access is by appointment only. Call 519-688-3009 for the company directory or to speak with a Customer Service Representative.

 

Customer Service Centre (10 Lisgar Ave.)

Limited capacity (2 at Customer Service wickets; 1 at Building/Bylaw desk)

Payments can be dropped off in the external dropbox located to the left of the exterior entry doors. Other payment options are also available.

Customer Service representatives are also available by phone at 519-688-3009.

 

Recreation Facilities 

Please be advised that this information is subject to change at any time as directed by the Province of Ontario.

 

Community Centre (45 Hardy Ave.)

The Tillsonburg Community Centre is open and programs are running. Effective March 1, proof of vaccination is no longer required in accordance with the Province of Ontario.

 

Dave Johnson Memorial Dog Park
The dog park is open. 
Diamonds

Closed for season.

Disc Golf
The disc golf course in Coronation Park is open. 
J.L. Scott McLean Outdoor Recreation Pad (45 Hardy Ave.)

Ice at the J.L. Scott McLean Outdoor Recreational Pad has been removed for the season.

Kolin Smith Memorial Skate Park and Pump Track
Both the skate park and pump track are open as weather permits.  
Lake Lisgar Waterpark

Closed for the season.

Optimist Tennis Courts
Open
Parks

All parks are open. 

Playgrounds

All playgrounds in the Town of Tillsonburg are open. 

Senior Centre

Get updates on their Facebook page.

 

Cultural & Other Community Facilities
Annandale National Historic Site and Museum
Open
Oxford County Library - Tillsonburg Branch
See www.ocl.net for details.
Station Arts Centre
See www.stationarts.ca for details.

 

Transfer Station

The Transfer Station is open.

Transportation Services
 T:GO
In-town and inter-municipal transit service remain operational during the province-wide shutdown to provide a safe and reliable transportation service for your essential travel needs.  COVID-19 safety measures are in place:
  • Service capacity is reduced (Limit of 8-passenger capacity for In-Town service and 10-passenger capacity for Inter-community service)

  • Face masks are mandatory for all passengers as recommended by Southwest Public Health

  • High touch areas of the vehicles are cleaned and sanitized after each route

Learn more at www.tillsonburg.ca/tgo

 Tillsonburg Airport

The Airport Terminal is open and staffed daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Information

Please see the Southwestern Public Health website for clinic locations.

  • To book your appointment online go to www.covidvaccinelm.ca.  Choose your preferred location from the dropdown menu.
  • Those who don't have internet access may call 226-289-3560 (8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Sunday)
  • If you experience difficulties booking an appointment and are age 75+, you can join the Southwestern Public Health Help List. Health unit staff will call you with an appointment location, date and time. 

Those being vaccinated are welcome to bring a support person with them to their appointment only if they require assistance related to any mobility, visual, hearing or cognitive concern. Their support person can attend the appointment with them if they pass a COVID-19 screening questionnaire upon arrival. Support people will not be able to receive the vaccine unless they are also eligible and have an appointment. It is also important for those being vaccinated to understand that they should arrive at the appointment time only. To ensure physical distancing, there will be no line ups so please arrive “just on time,” wearing a short-sleeved shirt and wearing a face-covering.

You are also asked to bring a completed consent form to your appointment to avoid delays at the clinic. Consent forms are available at www.swpublichealth.ca/vaccineconsent.

COVID-19 Vaccinations - Local Pharmacies

Vaccinations are also available at select pharmacies

 

COVID-19 Assessment Centre

The Assessment Centre is located down the street from the hospital at 17 Bear Street. Please note that the Province of Ontario has updated its COVID-19 testing guidelines.

What to do if you think you've been exposed


Key changes include the following:

  • Symptomatic testing will be available for high-risk individuals, and individuals who work in high-risk settings.
  • Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are presumed positive and they should follow isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines.
  • Testing for asymptomatic contacts of cases is generally no longer recommended, except for high-risk contacts/individuals that are part of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in high-risk settings, as recommended by public health.
  • Positive rapid antigen tests will no longer require PCR confirmation.
  • Based on the latest scientific evidence, individuals with COVID-19 should isolate for five days if they are fully vaccinated or under the age of 12, and if their symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours.


Resources

During this difficult time, resources are available to support businesses and individuals. Businesses can access programs and services from federal, provincial and local governments. Available resources for individuals include; food banks, financial and mental health support, employment assistance, and more.

Support for Business

COVID-19 Resources for Business

The Town of Tillsonburg is working with the Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Improvement Area to help support business owners through this challenging season.

A web page has been created to help you learn about the various government programs and support services that are being introduced from all levels of government. It will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

View Resources

 

Other local resources

Support for Individuals
 
Food Bank
Helping Hand Food Bank - Existing Clients 

If you are a regular client, the Food Bank will be open Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please have ID ready. You will be given a number and will wait outside until called. One client will be allowed in store at a time. All hampers will be pre packed and bread, meat and dairy added when the client comes. No special orders.

Helping Hand Food Bank - New Clients

If you are now in need of support from the Food Bank and have not accessed our services before, please call 519.688.3434 to set up an appointment. Leave your name, number and details and we will get back to you ASAP.

Salvation Army – Tillsonburg Community Services

Tillsonburg Salvation Army Community Services is open to assist clients with emergency food and shelter by appointment only. Please call 519.842.4447 ext 104 or email suzen_nagy@can.salvationarmy.org.

St. Mary's/St. Vincent De Paul

If you need emergency food, call 519.842.3224 for assistance

Employment Assistance

If you are a student or an adult looking for employment, here are some organizations who can help.

 

Oxford

Tillsonburg Multi-Service Centre

Work in Oxford - Community Employment Services

Elgin

Employment Services Elgin

Norfolk

Community Career and Employment Services, Fanshawe

Ontario

Financial Support
Mental Health Supports

Resources

Support for Seniors
 

Support for at-risk seniors

If you are a senior or know a senior or adult with disabilities who is experiencing financial challenges, unable to meet their nutritional needs, in need of assistance with transportation to access healthy food, help is available.

Learn more

 

Oxford County Community Support Services Network

Grocery Buddy Programs, Meal Delivery Programs, Wellness Checks, Care Giver Assistance, and more. Call 1.888.866.7518

 

Caregiver Support Resources

Community Support Services recently launched a Caregiver Support Portal providing valuable resources and support.



Media Releases

 Town of Tillsonburg Updates
 Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Updates
 Southwestern Public Health Updates
 Government of Ontario Updates

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