Ontario has transitioned into the recovery phase with the new Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act

Report Covid-19 non-compliance to OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Report after hours By-Law complaint to 705-738-3800, ext. 311.

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COVID-19

Ontario has transitioned into the recovery phase with the new Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act.

All orders under the Reopening of Ontario Act (ROA) have been extended to September 22, 2020, with the following exceptions:

The Administration office is open with some limitations. Because of the size of our lobby we must limit the number of people allowed into our reception area.

  • When you arrive at our office please use the intercom on the outside entrance. Staff will let you into the building or request that you wait until others have left.
  • The Office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except for holidays.
  • Masks are now required indoors unless you have a medical condition that exempts you from wearing one. We ask that you follow these protocols for both public and staff safety.
The Municipality of Trent Lakes has lifted the local State of Emergency that has been in place since March 24, 2020.
Residents are asked to continue following all health precautions and Orders, including wearing a mask or face covering as prescribed by the Peterborough Health Unit, maintaining physical distancing, practicing vigilant hand hygiene and staying home if you’re ill. This webpage provides Municipal-specific COVID-19 updates, service interruptions, and other useful links and information.

A Message from the Mayor

Posted October 2, 2020

Well here goes. Just when we thought we were rounding the bend, surprise. It really should not be a surprise as we all know what we have to do and we can’t be letting our guard down. This virus is very sneaky and just lying in wait for people who think it isn’t their problem. On another note. We have been asked about street lights in several places around the municipality and this isn’t possible at this time. However a florescent vest, which is very inexpensive, is a really good item for not only walkers but also bikers. Remember a car is much bigger than you and the ability to protect yourself is quite affordable. Another tip when walking in the evening or early morning. Sunlight filtering through the trees make you very hard to see. Please wear light colors.

Last but not least. It has come to my attention that the moose are out and about in very large numbers this fall. Several people have had collisions with them and because of their build (very long legs), they like to land on your hood and windshield. Please be extra cautious. We don`t want to lose any of you. One last thing. Many of you will be staying in Trent lakes for the winter this year, please make sure your chimney is clean and preparations for snow removal are in place. Sand will again be available.

We have heard your voices large, loud, and clear concerning short term rentals and we have struck a committee to investigate the best way to bring some controls to the issue. Interviews are being conducted with stake holders and we are gathering the best advice from a variety of sources so as to get this right. I know some of you have been very patient but I feel a solution is possible so please bear with us a little longer.

Have a safe Thanksgiving and please protect yourself and others. We only have one live to live.

Mayor Janet Clarkson

Updated October 14, 2020

The drive-through testing centre at Eastgate Memorial Park is providing COVID-19 testing (no doctor assessment) for eligible individuals by appointment only.

Information on Booking a Drive-Thru Appointment

https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/for-professionals/health-professionals/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-professionals/novel-coronvirus-covid-19-testing/

For more information on getting testing for Covid-19 please visit the Peterborough Public Health Covid-19 Testing webpage.

Peterborough Public Health is actively monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and collaborating with local hospitals, primary care, emergency services, the Ministry of Health, provincial and national colleagues.

The Province of Ontario continues to implement tightened public health measures to deal with the growing number of COVID-19 cases. On October 2, these measures included the announcement of a provincial mandatory masking approach, which is now reflected in O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3. Their website has been updated to reflect these changes both with information for the public and information for owners/operators/employers for businesses and organizations.  All indoor spaces are now included, such as (but not limited to): common spaces of multi-unit dwellings, places of worship, commercial establishments, transit vehicles (private and public) and offices.  Please see our Mandatory Face Coverings tab on this webpage for more information.

For further information and resources about COVID-19, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

Report Covid-19 non-compliance to OPP at 1-888-310-1122.  Report after hours By-Law complaint to 705-738-3800, ext. 311.

Other Health Resources

Ministry of Health of Ontario
Public Health Ontario
Public Health Agency of Canada
Centres of Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization

Updated October 14, 2020

Mandatory Face Coverings

As many of you are likely aware, the Province of Ontario continues to implement tightened public health measures to deal with the growing number of COVID-19 cases. On October 2, these measures included the announcement of a provincial mandatory masking approach, which is now reflected in O. Reg. 364/20: Rules For Areas in Stage 3.

All indoor spaces are now included, such as (but not limited to):

  • common spaces of multi-unit dwellings (i.e. elevators, hallways and laundry rooms),
  • places of worship,
  • commercial establishments,
  • transit vehicles (private and public) and
  • offices.

The provincial legislation includes language mandating the use of masks or face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as

  • businesses,
  • facilities and
  • workplaces.

The mandatory use of masks applies to all persons in the indoor space, including

  • staff,
  • patrons and
  • visitors.

The provincial mandate is broader in scope than our local Directive for the Peterborough region.  For this reason the local Directive has now been rescinded by Peterborough Public Health. The provincial language is sufficient in scope and enforceability that our local Directive is no longer required.

All indoor spaces are now included, such as (but not limited to): common spaces of multi-unit dwellings, places of worship, commercial establishments, transit vehicles (private and public) and offices.

In addition to the provincial mandatory masking requirements, O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 now requires active screening to be completed for all staff and essential visitors at all workplaces in Ontario. As a minimum, the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces can be used.

Contact and Communication

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Peterborough Public Health and Covid-19 please contact:

The Peterborough Public Health website has been updated to reflect the recent changes both with information for the public and information for owners/operators/employers for businesses and organizations and also  has  COVID-19 specific information, FAQs, info-graphics and signage.

Peterborough Public Health staff are in the process of communicating changes to local businesses and continue to respond to complaints and concerns from members of the public. Peterborough Public Health Inspectors will be enforcing the legislated masking requirements along with police/OPP. In addition, Peterborough Public Health has advised they have come to know that Ministry of Labour inspectors have also been in our region conducting inspections, and are enforcing the mandatory masking requirements.

Mandatory Face Covering and Physical Barriers

Physical barriers alone do not allow for an exception to wearing face coverings for staff. If there is a physical barrier, staff must also be in an area that is inaccessible to the public and able to maintain physical distance of at least two (2) metres from every other person while in the indoor area, including persons on the other side of the barrier. As a result, many service counter staff will now be required to wear a face covering, regardless of whether a physical barrier is present. This will also be the case in

  • offices,
  • retail establishments,
  • food premises and
  • grocery stores.

Workplace Active Screening Now Required

In addition to the provincial mandatory masking requirements, O. Reg. 364/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 3 now requires active screening to be completed for all staff and essential visitors at all workplaces in Ontario. As a minimum, the COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces can be used.

The following links provide information, guidelines, best practices and policy samples for business owners and staff that fall under the mandatory face covering directive.

Some local mask resources:
https://www.themedicalcentre.net/Where_to_find_a_handmade_face_mask.pdf

  • Municipal operations continued by implementing new IT requirements, Work at Home procedures and altered Public Works operations
  • Building and Planning applications still being accepted with some inspections still taking place.  Slight increase in electronic permit submissions
  • Biweekly Emergency Operations Centre meetings
  • Communications updates on Municipal website, Facebook and Twitter
  • Interest and Penalty waived April, May and June 2020 for all ratepayers including businesses
  • Donation of $10,000 to Community Care Peterborough – Buckhorn Office for food vouchers at Foodland
  • No NSF Fees being charged
  • Payment arrangements for anyone having difficulty paying their taxes
  • Reduction in spending in order to offset some decreases in revenue.
  • Business resources list created and regularly updated to provide critical assistance
  • Coordination with PKED on an Economic Recovery Plan
  • Trent Lakes Outreach Centre trailer rental extended at Deer Bay Hall to allow continuation of community foodbank
  • Electronic Council meetings implemented with plan to now continue with regularly scheduled meetings
  • Promotion of jobs in community through release of tender for 2020 road project and awarding of tender for accessible walkway in Buckhorn

Have questions about your child returning to school? Peterborough Public Health has prepared a FAQs Sheet at peterboroughpublichealth.ca/schoolreopening

For Parents & Students

Peterborough Public Health has created a webpage with a wealth of information and resources for returning to school and what can be expected.

Be sure to check our their page at: https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-and-school-reopening-public-health-information-for-families/ if you have any questions or concerns regarding returning to school during  COVID-19.

Public School

Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board

Two-week staggered start plans for both elementary and secondary students.

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

All Csc MonAvenir students, from kindergarten to grade 12, will be able to return to school on September 8 and will attend school five days a week.

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington (PVNC) Catholic District School Board will begin the 2020-2021 school year with a staggered entry for all students.

Bus Services

Bus services and notifications are provided by Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario (STSCO).

Post-Secondary

Fleming College

Seneca College Peterborough Campus

Trent University

As of Monday, June 29th, the Municipal office is open to the public during regular business hours with limitations of one(1) person per household if possible.

Please contact the Building Department at 705-738-3800 ext. 233 or development@trentlakes.ca for further information or alternative drop off/pick up options in lieu of coming into the office.

There is an intercom on the front Administration door to let us know when you have arrived and to safely permit entry to the building.

Effective Tuesday, May 19th, 2020, the Trent Lakes Building Department will be resuming reviewing and processing building permits in response to the Province of Ontario’s Phase 1 reopening delivered on May 14th, 2020.

All guidelines as per below will remain in effect for building permit inspections.

• The Building Official will contact the requestor and inquire if there are any symptoms or precursors that are found in symptomatic/asymptomatic persons;
• Site should be empty for 3 hours prior to Building Official / Inspector arrival;
• No occupancy (or passing through an existing house) and/or final inspections shall be performed at this time;
• Communication will be conducted via phone, email or posting of inspection report; and
• Upon arrival at the site, it will be at the discretion of the Building Official / Inspector to proceed with the inspection.

Thank you,

Trent Lakes Building Department

Regular Council meetings will be resuming beginning the month of May, 2020. These meetings will be virtual until further notice and a link to register is included in the agenda.

All agendas will continue to be posted on the CivicWeb agenda page and each contain the link to register for the meeting.

Please access the "How To" document instructions below to access a meeting.
Video Conferencing How To Instructions document

If you require any assistance or have questions, please contact the Clerk's office at clerk@trentlakes.ca

  • Unpaid property taxes will not incur interest/penalty on April 1st, 2020, May 1st, 2020 and June 1st, 2020.
  • The Request for Reconsideration deadline for property reassessment is usually March 31. For 2020, this deadline has been extended to 16 days after the state of emergency declared by the Province of Ontario is lifted.
  • The Province has postponed the 2020 Assessment Update. Your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property. More info.: https://www.mpac.ca/HowAssessmentWorks/2020AssessmentUpdate

All branches of the Trent Lakes Public Library are currently closed to the public.

Library Cards

The Trent Lakes Library is getting library cards into the hands of residents without cards or with expired cards, to take advantage of the online e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, & e-learning. Email library@trentlakes.ca or give them a call at 705-657-3695

Check the e-book listing often as the library is adding titles weekly.

Curbside Pick-Up

Trent Lakes Public Library is now offering curbside pick-up, available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To use Curbside Service, you can request materials by emailing us at library@trentlakes.ca

You can give us titles that you would like from the website.  Check out the list regularly on: https://wakelet.com/@TrentLakesPublicLibrary as we are receiving new books. You can also ask a librarian to choose one from your favourite genre.

We will then make an appointment for pickup to ensure proper social distancing measures. Your books will be placed outside at your designated pickup time.

Online Library Services

Online Library services remain available at www.trentlakeslibrary.ca. Library staff remain available by phone and email to assist you. Visit the library E-book and Audiobooks for more information.

Donations Not Accepted

Do not leave donation items outside the Good Buy Room or Library branches. These facilities are closed and left items not collected. Please store these items until they reopen and can receive them.

Resources for You and Your Staff Re: COVID-19

With the rise of COVID-19 cases across the province, now would be a good time to review some of your workplace protocols as well as the resources you share with staff. Here are some of Peterborough Public Health's most popular fact sheets that you can refer to.

Additionally, Dr. Salvaterra also recently wrote an article titled: Should I get tested for COVID-19: It’s time to think twice.

Please review and share with your staff as appropriate.

Mandatory Face Coverings

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) announced on Monday, July 20, 2020 that face coverings will become mandatory for local residents in most indoor settings as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 1st. 

Peterborough Public Health continues to receive a lot of questions regarding mandatory face coverings, what type of face coverings are compliant, where face coverings are required, etc.  Just a reminder that our local Mandatory Face Covering Directive is still in effect. Peterborough Public Health updates their FAQ pages regularly as new information becomes available.  Please also refer staff/customers to their Face Coverings – What You Need to Know.

If at anytime, you or your staff have questions, concerns or simply would like some help regarding the PPH Mandatory Face Covering directive or any COVID-19 related issue do not hesitate to contact the Peterborough Public Health.

Email: covid19@peterboroughpublichealth.ca for ALL COVID-19 related inquiries
Phone: 705-743-1000 or 1-877-743-0101

Peterborough Public Health (COVID-19) – Guidance for Stage Three Reopening

Lasted Edited/Reviewed: September 30, 2020

In response to curb the recent surge in Covid-19 cases the Provincial Government had deemed that effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26 that Province will be changing the O. Reg 364/20 to:

  • Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12:00 a.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. except for takeout or delivery;
  • Close all strip clubs across the province; and
  • Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

Ontario moved into Stage 3 of the Framework for Opening the Province. While we remain in a state of emergency, certain public health measures have eased slightly. Guidelines are in place to allow families and individuals to socialize safely within limits. More businesses and workplaces are being allowed to operate by following proper health and safety guidelines.

Workplace Toolkit for Stage 3

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Recovery Centre Portal

COVID-19’s impact has been significant and wide-spread. As the agency responsible for delivering Economic Development on behalf of The City of Peterborough, County of Peterborough and the 8 surrounding townships, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is stepping up to take a lead role in collaborating with municipalities and the business community to see this region through economic recovery. We all have an important role to play, and the health of the local economy relies on all of us coming together towards a meaningful and measured approach to recovery.

We’re here to help! Contact us today

Business Collaboration Portal

In a time of considerable change, the one thing that has remained constant is the collaborative spirit of the local business community here in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Peterborough  and the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) is inviting local businesses to use their free online business collaboration tool to connect with each other – to offer support to other businesses if you have the means to do so, or to ask for support if you do not. This tool is meant to assist local businesses with new partnerships and for the creation of new products and services to help the economy thrive.

Whether you are retooling to create personal protective equipment for health care workers or front line staff and need access to supplies and equipment, or you can provide space, supplies, resources or supply chain connections to those who are trying to help – collaboration opportunities are never in short supply in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

https://peterboroughed.ca/business-collaboration-portal/

The portal also provides resources and information for local businesses including:

  • Financial Resources
  • Health & Safety Guidance and Health & Hygiene Resources for Business
  • Webinars & Online Training Opportunities
  • A Business Collaboration Portal
  • Resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors
  • A list of local PPE Suppliers
  • Pandemic Preparedness Resources

Health & Hygiene Resources Portal -
Operating Your Commercial Business Safely During COVID-19

from Peterborough Public Health.

Watch the webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzF3WEm1N5c&feature=youtu.beVisit the portal here: https://peterboroughed.ca/health-resources/

Info from Ontario At Work

Employers must notify the Ministry of Labour in writing within four days if a worker tests positive for COVID-19 due to workplace exposure.

Employers must also tell their JHSC or workplace health and safety rep and any applicable trade unions.

More details on COVID-19 and workplace health and safety can be found at : https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-coronavirus-and-workplace-health-and-safety#exposed-at-work

Restaurant Patios

Peterborough Public Health offered a webinar for eating establishments to learn about creating outdoor seating areas.  The webinar featured staff from the City of Peterborough discussing their approach to existing/approved outdoor seating areas, and how they will approach new/expanded outdoor seating areas.  There was lots of information shared that is relevant to all restaurants whether in the City, County or First Nation communities.

If you missed the webinar you can access a recording of it here.  A copy of their slide deck, including a sample patio layout can be found on the Peterborough Public Health Restaurants and Bars webpage.

For clarification purposes regarding social circles: This means that the maximum number of guests at an outdoor seating area is 10. Tables should be reserved for single families or social circles of up to 10 individuals. Tables still need to be spaced 2 metres apart to allow for distancing of people not from the same household or social circle.

If you have any questions, Peterborough Public Health is available to assist your organization in setting up your outdoor patio for the safety of your staff and customers.

Business Resilience Service

The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada for guidance on which government relief programs will be most appropriate to support your small- to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity on how to respond and reshape amid uncertainty.

The program, delivered to your organization free of charge, provides:

  • Guidance on COVID-19 financial support program options and eligibility
  • Direction on accessing the most appropriate support organizations
  • Help to make decisions to support recovery plans
  • Real time insights and feedback to policymakers

To access the BRS call 1-866-989-1080 to connect with a business advisor from the accounting profession. The service is available 7 days/week from 8am – 8pm ET (5am – 5pm PT).

Reopening Your Business Resources

Protect your people

The Workplace Safety and Prevention Services has a COVID-19 page of resources to help you prepare to reopen your business, including checklists to protect yourselves, your employees and your customers.

Workplace COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Resources

RE3 Funding Information and Application to Assist Women-Led Businesses

There is up to $2 million available across Eastern Ontario, including the Peterborough/Northumberland Regions, for non-repyable contributions of up to $5000 (normal minimum $3000) to assist women-led businesses to Rebuild-Reopen-Revive (R3).

Highlights from eligible activities…should support the reopening, rebuilding and revival of applicant’s business, such as:

  • Acquisition of required/mandated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Workspace reconfiguration to accommodate physical distancing
  • Hardware/software upgrades to enhance online capacity, client servicing and accessibility.

For further information and on-line application you can refer them to https://financingandstrategy.com/re3/

Peterborough and Kawarthas Economic Development

Peterborough and Kawartha Economic Development (PKED) has a COVID-19 information page on their website. They are working in collaboration with leaders from the PKED, Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures Peterborough, Downtown Business Improvement Association (Peterborough), and Innovation Cluster (#TeamPTBO) to identify how the impact of COVID-19 will affect the local business community.

Government of Canada

Other Federal Departments or Agencies 

Province of Ontario

Business Recovery Centre Portal

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) has launched a new digital Business Recovery Centre Portal for businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas in support of COVID-19 Economic Recovery efforts.

“This portal will serve as the region’s go-to hub for resources and information to help local business mitigate the impacts of COVID-19,” said Rhonda Keenan, President & CEO of PKED. “We all have an important role to play, and the health of the local economy relies on all of us coming together towards a meaningful and measured approach to recovery.”

Together with local partners at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Peterborough DBIA, Community Futures Peterborough and the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough & the Kawarthas, and more importantly through hundreds of businesses responses received through direct calls and surveys, an Economic Recovery Plan for the region has been created and supported by both City of Peterborough and County of Peterborough Councils. The plan is outlined on the Business Recovery Centre Portal and will be updated regularly through the Mayor and Warden’s Economic Recovery Task Force.

The portal also provides resources and information for local businesses including:

  • Financial Resources
  • Health & Safety Guidance and Health & Hygiene Resources for Business
  • Webinars & Online Training Opportunities
  • A Business Collaboration Portal
  • Resources for a wide variety of industries and sectors
  • A list of local PPE Suppliers
  • Pandemic Preparedness Resources

To view the Peterborough & the Kawarthas COVID-19 Business Recovery Centre Portal visit www.peterboroughed.ca/recovery

Personal Care Services

Personal Service Setting Guidance Document 

Personal Care Services Establishments providing personal care services (hair cutting/styling, manicures/pedicures, tattoo parlours, etc.) can open with the proper health and safety protocols in place. 

Please contact Peterborough Public Health if you have any questions or concerns: 
185 King Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2R8
Phone: 705-743-1000
Email: info@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) has developed a webpage of information for opening and operating your business related to COVID-19 recovery including financial assistance, health and safety guidance, personal protective equipment (PPE) resources and collaborations.

PKED COVID-19 Related Business Resources webpage.

Private Campgrounds & Trailer Parks

As of June 12, the Ontario government is allowing camping at all private campgrounds.

In Stage 2, Ontario Parks campgrounds and private campgrounds can open for recreational vehicle, car camping and all other types of camping.

  • Campers must adhere to social gathering size restrictions and maintain two-metre physical distancing with people outside their household and when outside of their campsites.

Contact the campground operator(s) for guidelines and any other special preparations due to COVID-19 requirements.

If you are a Campground Operator/Owner. . .

Peterborough Public Health has a webpage of information and resources available for the safe operation of a campground.

Peterborough Public Health Campground Information Webpage

Resort Properties

Resort properties are permitted to be open and operating.  There are specific guidance documents for the tourism and hospitality sector, which have been developed, along with many other resources regarding the prevention of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Peterborough Public Health has created a webpage that contains information and resources for Resorts related to reopening and operating during the COVID-19 recovery.

Peterborough Public Health Resort Information webpage

Short-Term Rentals

The government is allowing short term rentals, including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs to resume operations in OntarioOwners should consult public health and safety guidelines related to the tourism and hospitality sector when considering reopening to guests. Operators and guests should continue practicing physical distancing, wear a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge, and wash hands frequently.Peterborough Public Health Short-Term Rental information 

For more information for any sector, please call the Health Unit office at 705-743-1000.

Be sure to check other Peterborough Public Health Q&A Information:

Campgrounds & Trailer Parks
Resort Properties
Short-term Rentals
Q&A – Resorts & Seasonal Cottage Businesses
Q&A – Water Activities
Q&A – Recreation
Q&A – Shared Facilities 
Q&A – Food Services

The Municipality of Trent Lakes Mayor Janet Clarkson declared a state of emergency effective, Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. due to the increasing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for people to take necessary precautions.

Peterborough County and the City of Peterborough jointly declared a State of Emergency. For more information, visit www.ptbocounty.ca/COVID19.

The political leaders of Peterborough (Federal, Provincial and Municipal) issued an urgent public plea for everyone to maintain social distancing.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have the authority to uphold federal and provincial orders.

Please note, there may be some adjustment to all non-emergency services administered by the OPP.

Waste Transfer Sites

  • Used clothing is accepted at all Waste Transfer Stations. Bins are in place at all sites. Proceeds go towards Jake's House to directly support initiatives for children with autism and their families.
  • Residents will be asked to mark their own Waste Card. If they do not have their own pen attendants can provide a sanitized marker for their use. The marker can be dropped in a bucket to be sanitized at the end of the day and reused.
  • In addition to preferred method of Interac / Debit payments, residents can pay by cash.  Cheques and Credit Cards will not be accepted.  Receipts will not be issued at this time.
  • Reuse centres will remain closed until further notice.
  • Fluorescent tubes and car batteries will be accepted at Bobcaygeon, Cavendish and Crystal Lake Transfer Stations.  As the Hazardous Waste Collection site at Buckhorn will remain closed this season, car batteries and fluorescent tubes will not be accepted.
  • GEEP electronics will reopen at all sites and organics will be accepted at Buckhorn.
  • Alcohol Bottle Return is open.
  • Leaf and yard waste is now accepted at all Trent Lakes Waste Transfer Station sites.
  • Construction, demolition material, shingles and drywall and furniture will now be accepted and charged as per our Fee Schedule.
  • Dry Cell Batteries are being accepted.
  • There is no Bulky Plastic Collection this year.
  • Cottage Kits and Dog Tags can now be purchased at all Transfer Stations.
  • Sort your item properly. DO NOT put household garbage into the recycling bins.
  • To ensure the safety of our communities, do not throw gloves/masks out your car windows, or drop on the ground, To prevent the spread of COVID-19 & ensure the safety of our communities, do not put facial tissues, medical masks/gloves/disinfecting wipes in your blue bin. Place in the garbage, wash your hands immediately.  For operating hours and guidelines visit: https://www.peterborough.ca/en/city-services/landfill.aspx

Waste Items Suspended

  • The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Drop-off facility at 400 Pido Rd. will operate under normal hours as of July 6th.  Hours of operation will be Wednesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All residents will be required to follow physical distancing requirements and are asked to remain in their vehicle until they receive direction from on-site staff.

Community Care Buckhorn

Community Care Buckhorn is offering free ready-made frozen Meals on Wheels to people needing meals.

They are also partnering with the Municipality of Trent Lakes and offering food vouchers from Foodland for people to come by the Community Care office to pick up or delivery to homes.

If you would like to help with this program they would be most appreciative of monetary donations.

Please contact Community Care Buckhorn at the contact information below to find out more about these programs. All is kept with the strictest of confidence of course.

Community Care Buckhorn
Jodie Mulder
705-657-2171 or 705-760-3879
buckhorn@commcareptbo.org or jodie@commcareptbo.org

Trent Lakes Rural Outreach Centre

The Trent Lakes Rural Outreach Centre offers a once a month food bank service. The also offer a free emergency food bank available to Trent Lakes residents, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. The provide food and other services at no charge.

Please use their online form to contact them via email.
For urgent assistance please call: 705-768-3590.

Webpage: https://tlocfoodbank.wordpress.com/

Kinmount and Area Food Bank

The Kinmount Area Food Bank was established to serve the needs of individuals and families in the Kinmount community and surrounding area. Provide food without charge to those in need.

Located in the Kinmount Baptist Church, 4937 Monck Rd. For Emergency assistance please call: 705-455-3060

Webpage: https://kinmountfoodbank.ca/

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

Agilec has created a list of available mental health services/resources. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, please access the organizations/resources on the Agilec list.

211 Ontario provides programs and services to help the community through the pandemic through their page dedicated to finding support during COVID-19.

ConnexOntario for Adults:
1-866-531-2600
connexontario.ca

Bounce Back for 15+:
1-866-345-0224
bouncebackontario.ca

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
kidshelpphone.ca

Post Secondary Students:
1-866-925-5454
or text GOOD2TALKON to 68686

Restaurants and Bars

New rules for restaurants, bars, nightclubs, food and drink establishments

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26 that Province will be changing the O. Reg 364/20 to:

  • Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12:00 a.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. except for takeout or delivery;
  • Close all strip clubs across the province; and
  • Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

Restaurant and Bars Guidance Document 

Tip Sheet: Restaurant and Food Service: Guidance for Health and Safety 

Restaurants & Bars Restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments (e.g., wineries, breweries and distilleries) can open for dining in outdoor areas only, such as patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent premises.  

Establishments must take appropriate measures to ensure physical distancing of at least 2 metres between patrons from different households, including:

  • Limiting number of patrons allowed in the outdoor space at one time by having a maximum of 50% of the previously approved capacity.
  • Using reservations to ensure no line ups.  
  • Ensuring enough space between tables, including to allow for movement, including at least one metre from the outer limit of the patio.
  • Ensuring access to indoor facilities is limited to patio/outdoor dining area access, food pickup, payment, washrooms or other health and safety purposes.

Liquor sales licensees who wish to temporarily extend the physical size of their existing licensed patio, or temporarily add a new licensed patio within the approved period are authorized to do so, if all the following criteria are met:

    1. The physical extension of the premises is adjacent to the premises to which the licence to sell liquor applies.
    2. The municipality in which the premises is situated does not object to an extension.
    3. The licensee is able to demonstrate sufficient control over the physical extension of the premises.
    4. There is no condition on the liquor sales licence prohibiting a patio.

Peterborough Public Health is also prohibiting any overhead structures such as tents and canopies; however, the use of umbrellas is encouraged to provide shade. Establishments are reminded that smoking and vaping are prohibited on all patios, and within 9 metres of the patio. All patios must be appropriately sign according to the requirements of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

KEEP CUSTOMERS SAFE  

  • Practice physical distancing Increase cleaning of frequently touched surfaces  
  • Wear PPE at all times, at minimum an appropriate face covering  
  • Wash your hands frequently and practice good hygiene  
  • Get tested if you are worried you have or have been exposed to COVID-19  

Food services in any workplace setting are strongly advised to review and adopt workplace guidance for restaurants and bars. This includes food courts, food services on television, film and photography sets, and food services as part of tours. Workplaces are strongly recommended to review and adopt guidelines to keep employees and customers safe. 

Please contact Peterborough Public Health if you have any questions or concerns: 
185 King Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9J 2R8
Phone: 705-743-1000
Email: info@peterboroughpublichealth.ca

Social assistance payments will flow according to regular schedules to ensure clients are able to pay rent and accommodation costs as well as buy necessities.

The Social Services office at 178 Charlotte St. will be limited to the reception area on the first floor, open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice. Social Services client appointments will largely be done over the phone. Current clients are encouraged to contact their case worker for further direction. Call the office at 705-748-8830 or email social services. The Peterborough Employment Resource Centre will be closed.

Ontario Works

Ontario Works cheques are being mailed out to recipients. Physical pick up of cheques may be available under limited circumstances. Clients who have bank accounts are encouraged to contact their case workers about signing up for direct deposit. The local phone number is 705-748-8830. All Ontario Works applications will be done online or over the phone to minimize person-to-person interaction.

Employment Insurance Benefits

For information about EI Benefits please visit Government of Canada Employment Insurance Benefits Online or call 1-800-206-7218.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

For information about the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit please read the Support for Individuals and Families on the Government of Canada website.

COVID-19 is constantly changing circumstances. Please contact businesses on the list to ensure they are still operating.

If you are a listed business and your situation has changed, please let us know. If you are a business and still providing takeout/delivery food services, please let us know if you would like to be added.

We  may be missing your favourite! Be sure to look up and/or give your favourite restaurant a call to find out if they are open for take-out and would appreciate your support.

Email: lholtz@trentlakes.ca

Farmers' Markets

Open

Lakefield Farmers' Market set to open on Thu May 21. Held in Lakefield, 2-6pm on Thursdays,in the parking lot of the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre, next to Isobel Morris Park. For a list of public health measures to be in place, along with confirmed vendors, read our updated story at https://kawarthanow.com/2020/05/05/lakefield-farmers-market-set-to-open-on-may-21/

Website: http://www.lakefieldfarmersmarket.net/

Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market will continue to operate at the Citi Centre courtyard on Saturday mornings, 8 am to 12 noon at Charlotte and Aylmer streets.

Website:https://www.ptboregionalfarmersmarket.org/

Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market is opening for the season on May 13 at the newly renovated Peterborough Square courtyard, instead of a closed-off section of Charlotte Street. Held Wednesdays, 8:30-2pm. http://ptbodowntownmarket.com/

Kinmount Farmers’ Market This year will be a little different. Will open online first in June and hope to safely resume their live market later in the summer. Stay tuned to their website for updates.

Website: https://www.kinmountfarmersmarket.ca/

Closed

Saturday Peterborough Farmers’ Market at Morrow Park remains closed because it's on city property, and most city facilities (such as Morrow Park) are closed.

Buckhorn Community Centre has cancelled the Buckhorn Farmers' and Craft Market for the 2020 season

Private Well Water Testing;

Water testing bottles for private well owners are available in the lobby of the Municipal Administration office during regular office hours. Be sure to read the instructions included with each kit carefully. Samples are time sensitive.

Due to COVID-19 the courier pick up and delivery water bottle shuttle service from the Municipal office is suspended until further notice.

You can still drop off completed water samples at the following locations for testing:

  • Public Health Ontario Laboratory at 99 Hospital Drive between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Peterborough Public Health, 185 King Street, Peterborough. Between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Fridays.

The well water testing service is available at no charge to all residents and cottagers in Trent Lakes through a program with Peterborough Public Health.

If you have any questions regarding your private well water contact the Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000.

This service, provided in partnership with Peterborough Public Health is currently suspended until further notice.

Boat launches within the Municipality of Trent Lakes are now open.

Trent-Severn Waterway

The Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site re-opened June 1, 2020 with limited visitor access and basic services along its entire canal system.

Visitors along the canal system will be able to access the following services and facilities:

  • Lockage, boat launches, access points and mooring areas
  • Day-use areas, including green spaces, picnic areas and parking lots
  • Day-use trails, including some cycling access on designated trails and pathways
  • Lock station grounds
  • Public toilets, where enhanced cleaning protocols will be implemented

Visiting the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site website before they travel.

The Cavendish Playground located at the Cavendish Community Centre re-opened on July 21, 2020.

Please observe playground signage and obey all Federal and Provincial regulations and guidelines when using the playground to remain safe.

The playground is “use at your own risk” as it is not sanitized regularly. Parents are encouraged to wash their children’s hands and to use hand sanitizer after playing on the equipment, so be sure to pack any of those items to take with you.

If you have further concerns or questions regarding the playground, please email them to recreation@trentlakes.ca.