The Municipality of North Grenville has declared a state of emergency. The decision was made during an Emergency Management meeting held earlier today. 

Mayor Nancy Peckford says it was a necessary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

The City of Ottawa also declared a state of emergency in response to the pandemic today.  

The declaration will ensure that North Grenville’s municipal government can continue to respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise from it in the weeks ahead.

“By declaring an emergency, we are imploring citizens in North Grenville to take responsibility for their everyday actions by staying at home and practicing social distancing at every opportunity to help us stop the spread of COVID-19,” says Peckford.

“COVID-19 knows no boundaries,” she emphasized. “Given North Grenville’s proximity to the National Capital Region and multiple points of entry from the US border, it is critical that we act as prudently as possible.”

Declaring an emergency is not an indication that the crisis has escalated in North Grenville, according to a press release sent out by the municipality. It means that the priority is to be proactive and prepared.