As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the Ontario government is imposing a provincewide shutdown.

Additional restrictions will be put into place, designed to encourage all Ontarians to stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

The provincewide shutdown will go into effect as of Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.


In accordance with this shutdown, Norfolk County will take a number of actions to help keep the community safe. These include:

  • Closing all administrative buildings to the public
  • Closing all arenas, halls, and the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre
  • Closing the customer service counter at the Robinson Administration Building in Simcoe
  • Implementing work from home plans for all staff able to do so

Customer service operations will close for the holidays at noon on Dec. 24, and will continue via phone, email and mail starting at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 4.

Critical activities such as water treatment, garbage and recycling collection and snow plowing will continue, as will public health activities performed by the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, including those related to COVID-19, water sampling, and harm reduction. Operating hours at waste transfer stations will remain the same.

County facilities will re-open to the public Monday, Jan. 25 (subject to further direction from the province). Specific re-opening plans will be communicated to the community in the new year.

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