COVID-19 INFO (CORONAVIRUS)

COVID-19 Impacts to Municipal Services

The Township has created this page for updates on our municipal services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Medical information is available at www.eohu.ca/en.

SUBSCRIBE to our Township Alerts (email alerts) for instant updates.

May 19th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No. 19

Outdoor Recreational Amenities
Following an amendment to Ontario Regulation 104/20 made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the following amenities are permitted to open as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020:
- Baseball diamonds
- Tennis & pickleball courts
- Basketball courts
- Skate parks
- Off-leash dog areas
- Outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas.

Social distancing and gathering restrictions are still in effect.

Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and other equipment are to remain closed.


May 18th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No. 18

Skateboard Park
The municipal skateboard parks will be opened to residents as of Tuesday, May 19. Social distancing and gathering restrictions are still in effect. 



May 15th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No. 17

Dog Park
The dog park situated at 550 Notre-Dame will be opened to residents as of Tuesday, May 19.  Social distancing and gathering restrictions are still in effect.

Tennis Court
The municipal tennis courts will be opened to residents as of Tuesday, May 19.  No lessons will be permitted. Social distancing and gathering restrictions are still in effect.



May 14th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No. 16

Recreation Trail
The recreation trail will be opened to all users as of Saturday, May 16.  Social distancing and gatherings restrictions are still in effect.

Boat Launch
The boat launch situated at 1392 Notre-Dame in Embrun will be opened to residents as of Saturday, May 16. Social distancing and gatherings restrictions are still in effect.

Parks
Municipal parks limited usage will be in effect as of Saturday, May 16.

Residents will be ALLOWED to (while respecting the 2-metre distance):

- Gatherings of 5 persons.
- Walk or run.
- Playing catch, kicking a soccer ball or throwing a football.
- Play tennis on the tennis court.
- Flying a kite.
- Sitting on a blanket, grass or lawn chair.
- Exercising and stretching on a yoga mat, but not in a class.
- Walk your dog while respecting existing dogs-in-park designations.

Residents are
NOT allowed to:

- Playing on play structures, swings, benches and other park equipment.
- Playing basketball on the basketball court.
- Using their local skateboard park.
- Using baseball, soccer and football fields for play or practice.



May 12th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No. 15

2020 Free Large Item Collection Rescheduled to June 1st to 5th 2020

The Large Item Collection that was postponed due to COVID-19 has been rescheduled to the week of June 1st 2020.

1 ITEM ONLY or a box of small items with a weight less than 45 kg (100 lb) will be picked up. Multiple units are allowed 1 item per unit i.e. 6 apartments = 6 items. Only residences and businesses that use municipal waste pick-up will be serviced.

Make sure to put your item at the curb on JUNE 1st AT 7:00 A.M., regardless of your regular collection day so you do not miss the collection. Please visit Russell.ca/WasteCollection for a list of accepted and non-accepted items for this collection.



May 8th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.14

 As of May 2020, all Township Committee Meetings will be by electronic participation only until further notice. This is to comply with the State of Emergency declared by the province of Ontario due to COVID-19, to prevent public gatherings, and reinforce social distancing regulations. A link to the live event will be posted on our Committees page prior to the committee meeting.



May 6th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.13

Fire Ban Lifted as of May 7th, 2020


The Township of Russell Fire Chiefs advise residents that the Fire Ban will be lifted as of May 7th, 2020. This will permit recreational campfires, cooking appliances, and now allow farmers to prepare fields for the planting season. As we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that residents use added caution when burning. Please continue to:

  • Follow regulations as set out in our Fires and Open Air Burning Bylaw (102-2013).

  • Respect social distancing;

  • Adhere to having no more than 5 people at the campfire (not including households who have more than 5 living in the home).

Apply for a Fire Permit
Fire permits are not required for recreational/cooking fires. Fire permits are required for all other Open Air Fires, including Farm/Rural Open Air Fires.
At this time, you may apply for a fire permit by contacting our Public Safety & Enforcement Department at 613-443-3066 or by email at bylaws.reglements@russell.ca Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Applications for fire permits must be submitted 24 hours prior to open air burning.

Payment Options for Fire Permits
Payment for fire permits can be made using the secure drop box at the front door of Town Hall, or by regular mail to 717 Notre Dame Street in Embrun. Ensure your cheque or cash is in an envelope labelled for the Public Safety and Enforcement Department. The Township can also issue an invoice for your fire permit. Fire permits are $25 each.

History
The Township put into effect a Township-wide fire ban on March 30, 2020. This was in an effort to limit nonessential calls for service during the COVID-19 outbreak to help ensure staff are available & healthy when emergencies occur. On May 2, 2020, the fire ban was amended to permit small campfires and cooking appliances only. Beginning May 7th, the fire ban is lifted for all properties within the Township of Russell.


May 4th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.12

Recreational Trail Remains Open for Walkable Access Only

Thank you for the personal sacrifices you are making to keep our community strong during the COVID-19 outbreak. We appreciate your understanding, knowing how difficult and limited life is during this Provincial State of Emergency. We are in this together, and we will get through this.

In following the Province’s restrictions, the recreational trail remains open but for walkable access only. This means residents are not restricted from using the trail as a ‘walkable access’ but does not mean use of the trail is encouraged. The trail is not a destination.

Why?

• We are seeing a significant increase in traffic on the trail, with many disrespecting important health protocols;

• The trail is not wide enough to host the volume of users on the trail right now while maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres. Physical distancing is important, even outdoors;

• Keeping the trail open but for walkable access only (as per the Province’s restrictions for outdoor recreation spaces) helps reduce the number of users on the trail.

Please remember:

• Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, and running are not permitted on the trail until further notice;

• When you need to go outside for some fresh air, don’t drive to a park or the trail. Take a short walk around your neighbourhood and enjoy the scenery near your home;

• Nearby residents who can walk to the trail access points should respect all physical distance protocols and avoid gathering in groups.

Your health, the health of your family, and the health of others are your responsibility. We hope that in respecting these restrictions now, our community can get back to enjoying our beautiful recreational trail soon.

More information on our decision for limiting uses and users on the trail is available on this COVID-19 info page under the “Recreational Trail” tab.


May 1st 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.11

Notice of Amended Fire Ban as of Saturday, May 2nd 2020

Township of Russell Fire Chiefs would like to advise residents that the Township-wide fire ban has been amended to permit small campfires and cooking appliances only, as of Saturday, May 2nd 2020.  

 As we are all still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the following rules must be followed for the public and First Responders’ safety. The Township understands the importance of residents having some recreational time during this unprecedented situation. We can make this work together. Please stay home, and enjoy your campfires responsibly.

  • Respect social distancing;

  • There should be no more than 5 people at the campfire (not including households who have more than 5 living in the home);

  • Municipal fire permits are not permitted;

  • No burning of leaves, yard waste or garbage. The Vars Transfer Station at 211 Corduroy Road is open for free yard waste item drop-offs.

Please see Part 5 (1) & (2) of the Fire Bylaw (102-2013) for campfire regulations. Please remember that if the rules are not respected, the total fire Ban will have to be reinstated.


April 27th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.10

Due to the fact that the number of passengers has dropped considerably, starting Friday, May 1, 2020, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend the Russell Transpo service. Once the Ontario state of emergency is over or when we have confirmation of the reopening of government offices and / or non-essential businesses, the administration will reinstate the service. Rest assured that our team will reassess the situation daily to reestablish Russell Transpo as soon as we can.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your continued cooperation during this difficult time.

April 15th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.9

All Special Waste Collections in the Months of April & May are Postponed due to COVID-19.
 
POSTPONED:

· Clean Sweep Day scheduled for Saturday, April 18th 2020. New date to be determined.

· Free Curbside Exchange Day scheduled for Saturday, April 18th 2020. New date to be determined.

· Large Item Collection scheduled  for the week of April 20th-24th 2020. New date to be determined.

· Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd 2020. Postponed to Saturday, October 17th 2020.
 
Reminder: to help accommodate residents during the COVID-19 outbreak, the waste limit is increased to 2 BAGS per household until further notice. Have your garbage and recycling items at the curb before 7 a.m. to not miss your collection.




April 3rd 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.8


In order to provide relief during the COVID-19 outbreak, Council approved the following measures at last night’s Special Council meeting:

• Penalties on Tax bills & Water/Sewer bills that were due at the beginning of April and May will be waived until May 30th 2020. Council will reassess this situation as needed.

• Russell Transpo will continue to be offered with one (1) coach bus until further notice, with the level of service be reassessed as needed.

• Changes to the Township’s Procedural By-Law now allows Council meetings to be conducted electronically during emergency situations. To reinforce social distancing regulations, all Council Meetings going forward will be by electronic participation only until further notice. Reminder that all advisory committee meetings have been postponed/cancelled until further notice.




April 2nd 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.7

Township By-Law Now Enforcing COVID-19 Rules

The Ontario Government has given the Township of Russell Public Safety & Enforcement Department powers to enforce COVID-19 rules under the Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

For the health and well-being of our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, Township by-law officers will be proactively monitoring and enforcing calls related to:
• Gatherings of five or more people in public or private residences
• People congregating in parks/using park facilities or equipment
• Restaurants that continue to offer dine-in services
• Non-essential retail businesses continuing to operate

Please report any issues related to the items above to our By-Law officers at 613-443 3066 ext. 2340 and after hours at ext. 8.

Complaints related to mandatory quarantine orders should be reported to the Ontario Provincial Police’s non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122.



Volunteer and Requests for Assistance Registration

Are you interested in helping the community? Register here.

The Township of Russell and the Township of Russell Public Library are gathering a list of volunteers who would like to help in their community during this time of need surrounding COVID-19. Assistance can be with grocery delivery, medication delivery, and/or talking to someone on the phone for company. Please note the information you share in the form may be shared with the community member who requests assistance.

Do you require assistance? Register here.

Unable to leave your home? If you require assistance please complete the registration form to help us get details as to how we can get the assistant you need. Our goal is to try to match your need with volunteers that could assist you, with grocery delivery, medication delivery, and/or talking to someone on the phone for company. We will share your information with a volunteer. Please note that we are strictly trying to coordinate assistance and have not screened anyone with criminal checks, nor have they been tested for COVID-19.



Outdoor Recreation Facilities & Dog Park

Following Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s order for the closure of all outdoor recreational amenities, all recreation parks and equipment must remain closed due to COVID-19. This applies to our dog park, skate parks, play structures, and school properties.

Please note that residents are still permitted to walk in green spaces while respecting a two-metre physical distance.



March 31st 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.6

Waste Limit Temporarily Increased to 2 Bags

Starting Monday, March 30th, the waste limit will be increased to 2 BAGS per household until further notice. This temporary measure will help accommodate our residents during the COVID-19 outbreak. Remember to have your garbage and recycling items at the curb before 7a.m. to not miss your collection. The Township had a new waste contract start earlier in March, which means your pickup time may change but your pickup day will remain the same.

Select Special Collections Postponed in the months of April & May

• POSTPONED: Clean Sweep Day scheduled for Saturday, April 18th 2020. New date to be determined.
• POSTPONED: Free Curbside Exchange Day scheduled for Saturday, April 18th 2020. New date to be determined.
• CONTINUING AS SCHEDULED: Large Item Collection (1 item per household) scheduled for the week of April 20th-24th 2020. Please see the 2020 Waste Calendar for collection details.
• POSTPONED: Hazardous Waste Collection scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd 2020. Postponed to Saturday, October 17th 2020.

Fire Ban in Effect

Please note that this ban is not due to any wet conditions. It is in effect to limit nonessential calls for service during the COVID-19 outbreak to help ensure staff are available & healthy when emergencies occur. Thank you for your understanding.

Effective as of Monday, March 30th, 2020, there is a complete ban on fires, including camp fires and open air fires. This does not include cooking appliances with a mechanical shutoff, such as propane or gas cooking equipment. Offenders will be fined. There will be NO fires allowed until further notice.



March 19th 2020 | COVID-19 Update No.5


The Township has made changes to municipal services due to COVID-19 since the last update on March 16th. We appreciate our resident’s understanding for these additional measures to ensure the health and well-being of the community and our staff:

  • A reminder to any residents that will have trouble paying your tax bill due to circumstances- we are here to help. Please contact our Finance Department at 613-443-3066. The Township will always offer solutions to residents who may have difficulty paying their tax bill.

  • All committees scheduled in March and April are cancelled, with the exception of the Planning Committee on March 30th.

  • As of March 17, Building Officials will not be conducting inspections within an occupied dwelling for Building Permits . This temporary hold on inspections will continue through Friday, April 3 and will continually be reassessed. The Township will continue to offer all other types of inspections with reduced resources during regular inspection hours, until further notice.

  • Russell Transpo reduced schedule : Starting this Friday, March 20th, until March 31, 2020 (with the possibility of extension), our public transportation service will be reduced to two buses. Only AM: Options 2 & 3 and PM: Options 1 & 2 will be running.




March 16th 2020 COVID-19 Update No.4

As of Tuesday, March 17th 2020, Town Hall and our satellite offices will be closed to the public. In-person services will be considered if the matter is urgent, through appointment only. Payments can be made using our outdoor dropbox, our various online services, and through your banking institution.

Russell Transpo will continue to operate, and the operator will be undertaking additional measures to sanitize buses. We have also extended the expiration date of the 10-ticket yellow booklets to May 31, 2020.

As previously stated, dog tag renewals have been extended to May 31st.

The Township continues to provide essential services such as water and sewer, garbage and recycling collection and road maintenance and clearing.

The Township of Russell is continuously monitoring the outbreak and implementing these precautions for the safety and well-being of staff and the community. Subscribe to our emails at Russell.ca/subscribe for instant updates on any further changes to municipal services.

We appreciate your patience, co-operation, and understanding during these difficult times.



March 16th 2020 COVID-19 Update No.3

Access to Town Hall and our township satellite offices will be limited for health and safety reasons related to COVID-19, effective immediately.
Our Public Safety team will be at the Town Hall entrance starting today, March 16th, to conduct a mandatory questionnaire and screening test for each person (including visitors and employees) whenever they arrive. Access to visitors will be limited to urgent business only. We ask that you contact us at 613-443-3066 or info@russell.ca to find other possible arrangements.

We are taking this precaution to encourage social distancing for the safety and well being of our residents and our staff. The Township will continue to provide updated impacts to municipal services and facilities due to COVID-19 on this webpage.

Please note that this situation and our procedures can change quickly and that further updates will follow as needed. Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation.



March 13th 2020 (6:35pm) COVID-19 Update No.2

After direction from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, Township of Russell arenas, sports dome, bowling alley, and libraries are CLOSED beginning Saturday March 14th 2020 until further notice. This is to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in our recreational facilities and to protect our residents and users of our facilities. Staff and Council will be discussing the credit and/or reimbursement of rentals and memberships at its next Council meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020. Renters and members will be informed upon decision of Council. As per the previous update, our municipal daycare is also closed.

The Township will continue to update this page for impacts to municipal services and facilities during the outbreak. Medical information is available at www.eohu.ca/en.

The Township is asking residents to:

  • Avoid doing business in person at Town hall and/or other satellite offices if your visit is non-urgent

  • Use our ONLINE services for tax & water and sewer bills, parking ticket payments, dog tag renewal, etc. Note: Dog tag renewals have been extended until May 31st.

  • SUBSCRIBE to our Municipal Emergency Alerts (email alerts) for instant updates at www.Russell.ca/subscribe.



March 13th 2020 COVID-19 Update No.1

The Township of Russell is closely monitoring the outbreak as well as directions and recommendations received from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. To be kept updated on municipal services please refer to www.Russell.ca/COVID19_en. Medical information is available at www.eohu.ca/en. At this time, the only municipal facility/services closed are the municipal daycares and the Embrun library, since these services are located in school buildings, which have been closed by the Province.

As a precaution, the Township of Russell is asking residents to:

  • Avoid doing business in person at Town hall and/or other satellite offices if your visit is non-urgent

  • Use our ONLINE services for tax & water and sewer bills, parking ticket payments, dog tag renewal, etc. Note: Dog tag renewals have been extended until May 31st.

  • SUBSCRIBE to our Municipal Emergency Alerts (email alerts) for instant updates at www.Russell.ca/subscribe.



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