The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and all levels of government are working together to respond. Recently, Health Canada released their projections and indicated that the peak of the virus is expected to take place sometime in late fall with the end of the first wave petering out by late summer. Following the first major wave, they predict we will continue to see small waves of the virus until a vaccine has been developed.

We have heard many time but have to reiterate constantly, the best way to reduce the spread of the virus is to stay home. This may be more difficult as the weather gets nicer, however it cannot be stressed enough that staying home will save lives. Please do your part and help us flatten the curve.

A reminder that all municipal amenities including facilities, parks, playgrounds and sports fields are closed. Additionally, the Orr Lake Boat Launch has been closed for the time being. Please respect the closures.

Even though municipal facilities are closed, staff continue to respond via email and phone. A contact list can be found on the Township website at www.springwater.ca/contact. Staff are working on rotating shifts and from home to ensure that physical distancing can continue.

Additionally, the Township has adjusted compensation, with staff working reduced hours and using vacation, lieu time or taking unpaid time.

To stay up-to-date on the Township’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.springwater.ca/covid19 including updating videos posted there.

BBQ Contest

Are you doing some barbecuing as the weather gets nicer? Make sure to enter the Spring into BBQ Safety Contest. Springwater Fire has teamed up with Napoleon to provide residents with a chance to win a Napoleon BBQ and prize pack.

To enter the contest, review the BBQ safety tips provided online at www.springwater.ca/fireprevention and then take a picture of you and your family demonstrating one of the tips. Submit the picture and you are automatically entered to win! Get all of the rules and details online at www.springwater.ca/fireprevention

Spring Street Sweeping

Spring street sweeping has started. There will be two street sweepers working throughout the Township. It is expected to take approximately one month to complete the entirety of Springwater.

Please do not rake your sand into piles at the road or the end of your driveway as the street sweepers are unable to pick up piles.

Fire Ban

As of the writing of this article, a fire ban is not currently in place in the Township. Please ensure if you are having a campfire, that you have a permit, and do not invite over neighbours and friends. Your campfire is for your household only. Springwater Fire is assessing the need for a fire ban on a daily basis. If a ban is implemented, it will be posted on the Township website, Facebook and Twitter.

Take care of yourselves, your families and your loved onesand keep gatherings to a limit of 5 people. Thank you for taking this seriously. Stay healthy and be well.