Ontario’s COVID-19 state of emergency ended with little fanfare last week, and the local county government is ready to follow suit – but “there’s a twist to it,” says Warden Pat Sayeau.
The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville council is currently unable to meet virtually and officially have a quorum unless there is either a provincial or local state of emergency in effect, said Sayeau.
“The provincial one is gone, but there’s still a counties state of emergency in effect,” he added.
“We can’t end our state of emergency until we’ve amended our procedural bylaw.”
While the warden expects that to happen later this month, the region will continue to operate under strict measures aimed at preventing further spread of the coronavirus, including a new requirement for restaurants and bars to keep client logs.
Sayeau first declared the state of emergency on April 8, “in order to reinforce the importance of social distancing” during what was then the coming Easter long weekend as the COVID-19 pandemic was in the early stages of its devastating first wave.