Update COVID-19 Situation

Following recommendations given by the provincial government, North Hatley is announcing new measures in order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19

In light of the situation taking place in Québec at the moment, North Hatley is announcing the following measures in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 :

1.The closing of the community centre for an indeterminate period of time (Meals on wheels will continue its operations in order to come to the aid of vulnerable clientele).  No other assembly will be permitted, including any leisure activities and services.

2.In order to limit the risk, the town hall will also be closed to the public for an indeterminate period.  However, the municipal employees will be present and will continue their daily tasks.  All services will be maintained.  Citizens are asked to communicate with town hall personnel by e-mail at this address info@northhatley.org or by telephone at 819-842-2754.

3.Following the recommendations of the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs, and this, until further notice, public Council meetings will be held in camera (behind closed doors).  The administration is currently looking at the possibility of web broadcasting these meetings, in which case, it will inform citizens in a timely manner.

4.All municipal committees may be held either by telephone or web conferencing.  The president of each committee will follow up with the members of the different committees with regards to the holding of meetings.

5.Those responsible for the North Hatley library have sent out notification that the library will be closed to the public from the 17th until the 31st of March (inclusively).

The municipality is counting on everyone’s assistance in order to limit as much as possible the spread of COVID-19.  It would like to remind everyone that those who are 70 years and over are the most vulnerable and recommends that everyone remain at home, if possible, and that they limit their travel.  In addition, we ask that anyone who is experiencing flu or cold like symptoms, or who has returned from travel (from another province or country) to exercise a voluntary self isolation period of 14 days.

Please note that a screening centre has been put in place at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie CHUS at the Hôtel Dieu site in Sherbrooke.  Citizens can find information on COVID-19 at this address : www.quebec.ca/coronavirus or by telephone at 1-877-644-4545.

The municipality would like to remind everyone that certain basic measures should be automatically employed such as regular hand washing and coughing or sneezing into the inner sleeve of your elbow.  Together we can limit the spread of COVID-19.

The mayor and the administration are following closely the situation.  Other measures may be announced depending upon how the situation continues to develop.

Michael Page, Mayor
North Hatley


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