Brock Township’s municipal office is now closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It joins arenas, town/community halls and libraries on the list of closures announced in recent days.
“The Township will attempt to maintain as many services as possible and will provide updates on our website with department by department plans once these new processes have been put in place. Township staff will still be available by email or telephone,” reads a statement.
“We recognize the impact that this decision will likely have on families and our facility users, but this precaution is necessary to help keep people safe. The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and we will continue to adjust our operations according to the recommendations of health authorities,” the media release from the Township reads.
While there is no timeline for the municipal office to reopen, the other facilities will be closed until April 6 at a minimum.
“We have been closely monitoring the situation related to COVID-19 – what’s happening in Ontario and around the world. While there are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Brock Township that we are aware of, we are committed to doing everything we can to continue to protect our staff and residents. As such, we are implementing a number of precautionary measures to help keep our staff and the public safe,” said Township CEO Robert Lamb.
The municipality is encouraging all residents to use standard precautions, such as frequent handwashing, to prevent the spread of germs and closely follow the recommendations of the DURHAM REGION HEALTH DEPARTMENT.
“Given the latest developments, however, we have begun the next phase of our preparation for COVID-19. This includes the consideration of social distancing measures being advised by the World Health Organization,” the media release from the Township reads.
The decision to close facilities until April 6 will impact the March Break day camp in Beaverton as well as all regularly scheduled programs.
“The facility closure will be re-assessed in the coming weeks with more information to be communicated through the Townships website and social media channels,” the media release reads.