The Province has enacted a second provincial-wide state of emergency and will be issuing tighter shutdown restrictions that will come into effect at 12:01 Thursday, January 14, 2021. 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

The Township continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation through Peterborough Public Health (PPH).  PPH is working closely with local, provincial and federal partners to manage and respond effectively.

Provincial-wide State of Emergency

The Province of Ontario has enacted a second provincial-wide state of emergency on Wednesday, January 14, 2021 and will be issuing tighter shutdown restrictions that will come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

  • As of Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., a stay-at-home order comes into effect requiring everyone in Ontario to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes (i.e., trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care, for exercise, or essential work). The emergency declaration shall be in effect for 14 days.
  • Individuals are now required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Additionally, a mask is now recommended outdoors when physical distancing of two metres is not possible.
  • New enforcement measures are set to allow Provincial offences officers, including Police, Municipal Bylaw officers, and First Nations Constables to issue tickets to individuals, employees, or corporations who do not comply with the stay-at-home order. Additionally, all enforcement personnel now have the authority to close a premise or disperse individuals in contravention of an order.
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 am and close no later than 8 pm. These time restrictions do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants open for takeout or delivery will be exempted.
  • An item may only be provided for curbside pickup if the patron ordered the item before arriving at the business.
  • Outdoor and social gatherings are restricted to five (5) persons.
  • Open businesses or organizations shall ensure employees perform work remotely, except where the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.
  • Non-essential construction is restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.
  • Masks remain mandatory indoors at open businesses or organizations. Masks are also now being recommended outdoors where physical distancing of more than two metres is not possible.
  • Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences: pre-arranged booking for short-term rentals prohibited with exceptions for housing requirements.
  • Drive-in and drive-through entertainment venues closed.
  • We recommend you look review the  document Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown for more information

Municipal Services

The Municipal office will remain closed to the public until further notice .

  • All essential Municipal services will continue such as emergency services, water, transfer station operations and public works.
  • Recreation facilities, recreation halls, sportspad/ice rinks, and library branches remain closed to the public .
  • Council and Staff will continue to be available by phone and email to assist you, during regular business hours of Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. please phone  705-738-3800 or email info@trentlakes.ca or use the Contact Us directory.
  • Other online resources and information are available on the Trent Lakes website.
  • Additional information and resources are also available on the tabs below.

More information about general public health and workplace safety measures for all businesses, organizations and facilities is available on the Government of Ontario website.

Continue to follow 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 except for essential travel.

This webpage provides Municipal-specific COVID-19 updates, service interruptions, and other useful links and information.

A Message from the Mayor
Posted January 14,  2021

Let’s take a few seconds to thank our lucky stars we live in a country like ours. As bad as this epidemic is we can have complete faith in the cooperation of all levels of gov’t to try to do the right thing. It may not always look like this to us, but we can have faith in our leaders to look at the big picture. I can get a glimpse of this in my role as we have to always strive to put ourselves in others shoes when making decisions. They don’t always move as quickly as we would like, but we are always moving forward. These new restrictions are not meant to be a hardship although they certainly are for many. The long term picture of dong nothing is unimaginable. Let’s all pull together, keep an eye on our neighbours and loved ones, and don’t forget your wonderful donations to food banks etc., and consider now that Christmas is over, the need is still growing exponentially.

I am honoured to be your representative and am happy to assist in any way possible.

Mayor Janet Clarkson

Updated January 13, 2021

The Province enacted a second provincial-wide state of emergency at 12:01 am Wednesday, January 13th, 2021  and will be issuing tighter shutdown restrictions that will come into effect at 12:01 a.m.  Thursday, January 14th, 2021.

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) is expecting O. Reg. 82/20 (Stage 1) to be the regulatory framework to guide this “enhanced shutdown period” and as per the public slide deck, this is in effect until February 11th at a minimum.

There are 2 new regulations under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that are now live

Important updates for you:

  • Peterboroughpublichealth.ca/covid19  will be updated as quickly as information becomes available
  • NEW: COVID-19 worker and employee screening– There is a new screening tool for your worker/employees. All workers/emloyees must complete ACTIVE screening before going to work each day.
  • NEW: COVID-19 customer/patron screening – If your operations require customers/patrons to come to your buildings/office spaces, this is a new tool that you can use to have them conduct their screening.
  • FAQs have been added to the PPH COVID-19 vaccine webpage. More will be added as questions come in, and info is released by the province.
  • Tested Now What?
    This document has been updated to reflect the changes to international travel testing as well as the new system that produces a MRN (medical record number) and verification code. The MRN can now be used to find test results online if the person has no health card.
  • If you have any employee who has their children in childcare during COVID-19, please share with them a new resource COVID-19 FAQ in Child Care

Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health commended the local community for their hard work so far fighting COVID-19.

Vaccine Information

COVID-19 vaccination information is changing rapidly in Canada and locally. Peterborough Public Health has created a regularly monitored and updated Vaccine information webpage to keep up with this information.

It remains to be determined what status will come into effect once the Provincial State of Emergency is lifted.

Testing

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.

Mandatory Masks

On Friday, Oct. 2, the Ontario government mandated the use of face coverings in the indoor areas of all businesses and organizations, with limited exemptions.

During the 2nd State of Emergency mandatory masks are still required indoors at open businesses or organizations, but are also now being recommended outdoors where physical distancing of more than two metres is not possible.

Peterborough Public Health Mandatory Face Coverings / Masks 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.

Local COVID-19 Cases & Status

Peterborough Public Health maintains a Local COVID-19 Cases and Status webpage that includes up-to-date local numbers. in addition to  links to all of Ontario data comparison and a Local COVID-19 Tracker data.

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 January 13, 2021

Provincewide Shutdown Services

Due  to the 2nd Provincial State of Emergency, the Trent Lakes Municipal Office is closed to the public until further notice. Even though the Municipal Office is closed, staff are still in the office working and available to assist you.

During regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), you can contact us by phone at 705-738-3800 or email to info@trentlakes.ca.  If you have an enquiry for a specific department please use the Contact Us directory .

Unaffected Municipal Services

  • Customers can make bill payments by using the drop box at the Municipal Office or through your personal banking institution.
  • All essential Municipal services will continue such as emergency services, water, transfer station operations and public works.

Temporary Municipal Changes in Services

The following are temporary changes to our Municipal Services during the Provincewide shutdown period:

  • Closure of all Municipal Community Centers/Halls and ice rinks and associated scheduled events.
  • Cancellation of Special Events
  • Customers can make bill payments by using the drop box at the Municipal Office or through your personal banking institution.
  • Regular Council Meetings will be held virtually during the month of January 2021
  • Building Services – new applications will be received via email for review. Applications for new building permits will be reviewed by appointment only. Building inspections will be conducted by appointment only and COVID-19 protocols will be followed at all work sites.
  • Applications for Planning Services – will be received by appointment only. Pre-consultation for planning applications can be provided electronically or by phone.
  • To book an appointment, contact the Building & Planning Department directly to book an appointment at 705-738-3800 ext. 233 or email development@trentlakes.ca

Municipal Responses to COVID-19

  • 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 were charged for April, May, or June 2020.
  • 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

Posted January 21, 2021

Peterborough Public Health advises publicly-funded elementary and secondary schools in Peterborough City and County will be permitted to resume in-person learning on January 25, 2021.
 
After reviewing the most recent COVID-19 data and on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Peterborough Public Health (PPH) is one of the seven public health units given the green light to allow students return on Monday. This means that most schools in the following schools boards will resume in-person learning:
 
  • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (Peterborough City and County, Northumberland County, Hastings County only).
  • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (Peterborough City and County, Northumberland County and Kawartha Lakes only).
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (Peterborough City and County only).
For Parents & Students

As of January 12, 2021 the Province of Ontario has announced tighter restrictions in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

Peterborough Public Health has created a School and Childcare COVID-19 Health webpage with information and resources for returning to school and what can be expected.  This includes information  due to the provincial government's announced province wide lockdown that began on December 26, 2020.

Public School

For specific questions about returning to school please be sure to check your child’s school board website:

Bus Services

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

Post-Secondary School Links

Fleming College

Seneca College Peterborough Campus

Trent University

Updated January 13, 2021

Provincial State of Emergency Services Update

As of January 13, 2021 the Province of Ontario has announced a second State of Emergency with tighter restrictions in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

As part of the new restrictions, the Province has issued a “stay at home order” effective Thursday, January 14, 2021. People should only go out only for essential trips, such as to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments. By implementing these measures and asking everyone to stay home, we can stay safe and save lives. Non-essential construction is restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

The health and safety of our residents, customers and staff remains the primary priority.

  • Building Services – new applications will be received via email for review. Applications for new building permits will be reviewed by appointment only. Building inspections will be conducted by appointment only and COVID-19 protocols will be followed at all work sites.
  • Applications for Planning Services – will be received by appointment only. Pre-consultation for planning applications can be provided electronically or by phone.
  • To book an appointment contact the Building & Planning Department directly to book an appointment at 705-738-3800 ext. 233 or email development@trentlakes.ca

Inquires and Further Information

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.

Building Permit Inspections

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

Reviewed January 6, 2020

Regular Council meetings resumed May, 2020.

Meetings will continue to be virtual until further notice and a link to register to view the meetings are included in the meeting agenda.

All agendas will continue to be posted on the CivicWeb agenda page and each agenda will contain the link to register to view that 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

Reviewed January 6, 2021

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.

Updated January 13, 2021

Resources for You and Your Staff

Stop the Spread Information Line 1-888-444-3659

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health. On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses to find ways to help their employees work from home.

Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.

Further details, including how to apply for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, will be announced in January 2021.

Please read the Ontario Background Ontario Building on Supports for Employers During COVID-19 for the information currently available

Mini-guide to Help Employee’s Mental Health through Winter

With COVID-19, this winter may be even more demanding on our mental health and well-being. The new Mini-guide to Help Employees Mental Health through Winter from the Mental Health Commission of Canada is designed to help employers provide workers with specific tools and resources during the winter months.

Peterborough Public Health - Workplaces

As of January 13, 2021 the Province of Ontario has announced a second State of Emergency with tighter restrictions in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. As part of the new restrictions, the Province has issued a “stay at home order”. People should only go out only for essential trips, such as to pick up groceries or go to medical appointments.

  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7am and close no later than 8pm. These time restrictions do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants open for takeout or delivery will be exempted.
  • An item may only be provided for curbside pickup if the patron ordered the item before arriving at the business.
  • Open businesses or organizations shall ensure employees perform work remotely, except where the nature of their work requires them to be on-site at the workplace.
  • Non-essential construction is restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.
  • Masks remain mandatory indoors at open businesses or organizations. Masks are also now being recommended outdoors where physical distancing of more than two metres is not possible.
  • Hotels, motels, lodges, cabins, cottages, resorts and other shared rental accommodation, including student residences: pre-arranged booking for short-term rentals prohibited with exceptions for housing requirements.
  • Drive-in and drive-through entertainment venues closed.
  • The Small Business Support Grant will be accepting applications in the coming days for small businesses who are impacted by the lockdown and meet the criteria to receive this support.
  • The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is launching the "Stay Safe All Day" campaign that focuses workplace inspections in areas of high transmission (i.e., lunch or break rooms).

If at anytime, you or your staff have questions, concerns or simply would like some help regarding 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 & the Kawarthas Economic Development (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.

Contact us today

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.

Business Resilience Service

The Business Resilience Service (BRS) allows you to connect with experienced business advisors from across Canada, for free,  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.

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).

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-repayable contributions of up to $5000 (normal minimum $3000) to assist women-led businesses to Rebuild-Reopen-Revive (R3).

For further information and an on-line application visit https://financingandstrategy.com/re3/

Government of Canada

Other Federal Departments or Agencies

Province of Ontario

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 had 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. The Municipality  cancelled its state of emergency to defer to the Province of Ontario.

Peterborough County and the City of Peterborough had 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/

Mini-guide to Help Employee’s Mental Health through Winter

With COVID-19, this winter may be even more demanding on our mental health and well-being. The new Mini-guide to Help Employees Mental Health through Winter from the Mental Health Commission of Canada is designed to help employers provide workers with specific tools and resources during the winter months.

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.