Today, the Ontario government announced that it would be imposing a province-wide emergency brake as a result of rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations.

The province-wide emergency brake will take effect Saturday, April 3, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. and is expected to last four weeks.

In accordance with the emergency brake, 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 museums, arenas, community halls, and the Annaleise Carr Aquatic Centre
  • Closing ServiceNorfolk counter at the Robinson Administration Building in Simcoe
  • Continuing work from home plans for all staff able to do so

ServiceNorfolk operations will continue via phone, email, mail/drop-box and by appointment.

Norfolk County Libraries will continue to serve the public through contactless curbside, delivery or pick-up by reserving materials by phone or online. The public will continue to have access to computers, photocopiers or similar services.

Critical activities such as water treatment, garbage and recycling collection 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.

Council meetings will be held virtually during the province-wide shutdown.

Updates will be shared as required.