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COVID-19 Update #5 – General Update


April 4, 2020
Desbarats, Ontario

COVID-19 continues to appear in the Algoma District and is accelerating across Canada and Ontario.

The Province of Ontario has given direction to all health units across the Province to take the necessary measures on staffing so that their efforts in fighting COVID-19 can be expanded. This is good news.

Also, today, the Province reduced the list of essential businesses. The list can be found at
It continues to be critical to practice and respect the guidelines as issued by Algoma Public Health. . These guidelines provide the necessary actions that will protect your health and that of your loved ones. More importantly, it will also protect those that you do not know.

PROVINCIAL FIRE BAN Yesterday, the Province of Ontario issued a fire ban across Northern Ontario. The Province hopes that this will assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19 for a number of reasons. As a result, the Tarbutt / Johnson Landfill Site will not be accepting brush of any kind. This will be in effect until the Fie Ban is lifted. The Landfill will be closely monitored and any violation will be dealt with under the Emergency Order issued by the Province. Just a reminder that all municipal facilities will remain closed until further notice. Township staff are still working diligently in an attempt to provide as much business continuity as possible.

The Township would also like to remind residents that any phone calls to the Township Office may not be readily answered. If your call is not immediately answered, please leave a message with your name and phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible.

TOWNSHIP ROADS We had a few calls regarding Township Roads. While we continue to provide all services during the COVID-19 crisis, ratepayers may experience a delay in road maintenance. While we are trying our best with reduced resources, we would also like to remind ratepayers that the condition of the roads needs to be appropriate for maintenance such as grading.

If you have any questions please call 705-782-6601 ext. 1-201 or email