COVID-19

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Changes to Public Health Orders effective Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 12:01am

The new public health orders will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 17.

The orders are scheduled to expire at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 and will be reassessed at that time in the context of vaccination rates and the province’s overall COVID-19 situation.

Fully immunized Manitobans, who have received two vaccination doses at least two weeks ago, may enjoy even more benefits under new public health orders.

Specifically, the new public health orders will now allow the following:

  • indoor gatherings at private residences are permitted to a maximum of five people, plus the household members;
  • indoor gatherings in public spaces are permitted to a maximum of 25 people;
  • outdoor gatherings on private property increase to a maximum of 25 people;
  • public outdoor gatherings increase to a maximum of 150 people; 
  • retail businesses increase to 50 per cent capacity or 500 people, whichever is lower;
  • restaurants, licensed premises and food court capacities expand to 50 per cent capacity:
    1. outdoor maximum table size remains at eight people; 
    2. patrons may only sit together indoors if they are from the same household or if all patrons 12 years of age or older are fully immunized (unvaccinated children under 12 may dine with fully vaccinated members of their household in this case);
    3. opening hours extend to midnight; 
    4. the requirement to purchase food when ordering alcohol no longer applies;
    5. VLTs may be operate with all other restaurant/bar rules applying (two-metre distance, only households or fully vaccinated people seated together);
  • personal services (haircuts and styling, nail salons, estheticians and massage) continue at 50 per cent capacity; however, appointments are no longer required;
  • dance, theatre, and music school capacities increase to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 25 people per group; 
  • indoor sporting facilities may host groups up to a maximum of 25 people, interaction between groups and tournaments are not permitted;
  • day camp capacity increases to groups of 25, joint activities between groups and overnight camps are prohibited;
  • outdoor recreation including games and practices may take place to maximum group size of 50 people; spectators are permitted and do not count towards this capacity limit; tournaments are not permitted;
  • gym and fitness centre capacities expand to 50 per cent capacity; masks and increased physical distancing (three metres) are still required; 
  • outdoor weddings and funerals may include up to 150 participants in addition to photographers and officiants; indoor weddings or funerals increase to 25 people in addition to photographers and officiants;
  • libraries may open to 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 150 people, whichever is lower;
  • faith-based and cultural gatherings (pow wows, sun dances) may expand to 50 per cent capacity or 150 people indoors, whichever is lower; masks and physical distancing between households is still required;
    1. if the facility design allows, the capacity limits may be applied to different physical spaces within the venue;
    2. outdoor faith-based and cultural gatherings permitted up to 150 people and drive-in services continue to be permitted without restriction;
  • the following may now reopen for fully immunized people only, to a maximum capacity of 50 per cent: movie theatres; bingo halls, VLT lounges and casinos, and museums and galleries;
    1. museums operate under the fully vaccinated requirement when open to the public as a museum, both indoors and out, and if the museum is used as a private venue for another purpose (e.g. wedding), then the appropriate orders apply;
    2. unvaccinated children under 12 may attend/visit these facilities/events (as appropriate) if accompanied by fully vaccinated members of their household;
  • Large-scale, outdoor professional sports or performing arts events may operate with capacities up to 100 per cent after developing an approved event plan in consultation with public health.

 In all cases, following the COVID-19 fundamentals, including indoor mask use and physical distancing, is still required to protect the health and well-being of all Manitobans.

For more information on COVID-19 in Manitoba

The following measures have been put in place for the Municipality of Springfield:

  1. 1.    Masks will be mandatory in all municipal buildings, including all community clubs and arenas.  
  2. 2.    During this restricted period, Council and Committee of the Whole meetings will be closed to the public.  Agendas will be posted on the website on the Friday prior to the meeting and questions regarding agenda items can be forwarded to info@rmofspringfield.ca.  Recordings of the meetings will be posted on the website following the meetings as soon as possible.
  3. 3.    Public Hearings under the Planning Act will proceed as usual; however, a larger venue will be used to allow for physical distancing requirements.  Masks will be required to attend the meeting and you will be required to RSVP your attendance.

Please check back on the website for confirmation of location and further details.

You are reminded to stay home if you are sick, wash/sanitize your hands often, and physically distance when outside of your home.  If you cannot physically distance, wear a mask to help reduce your risk.

For more information please contact info@rmofspringfield.ca or call 204-444-3321.

COVID-19 Preparedness and the Rural Municipality of Springfield

The health and safety of our community is the highest priority for the Rural Municipality of Springfield. The global emergency around COVID-19 requires all of us to take steps that ensure we are limiting public health risks, and taking steps to prepare.

The safety and health of our employees is a critical step in our preparedness. We are following all directives issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health as it relates to hygiene and steps that reduce the chance for exposure and transmission of COVID-19.

Additional quantities of essential supplies have been purchased, and we are monitoring critical services to ensure we are able to meet the service levels required by our community. Where possible, employees are being provided remote computer access to perform their work. The COVID-19 emergency is being actively monitored by Council, Senior Municipal Staff, and the Emergency Management Program within the Springfield Fire and Rescue Service. We are positioned to take immediate action, if required, to ensure essential services are maintained.

This situation is moving quickly, and this requires daily evaluation of public health advice, the demands on our services, and our available resources. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and we will provide additional updates as events develop. In the interim, please take a moment to review the latest information on COVID-19 at Province of Manitoba - Pandemic Response System  


Brock Holowachuk, Emergency Operations Manager – Springfield Fire and Rescue Service Brock Holowachuk, or 204-803-2927  

COVID-19 Related Changes at offices and for municipal services

It's an uneasy and trying time in Springfield, as well as across the country as we witness long-standing programs and events canceled, daycare and school closures, massive workforce changes and layoffs, and this new reality of physical distancing. With the world and our day to day constantly evolving, we are presented with novel opportunities for community members to step up and help their fellow neighbors - and for that, Springfield Council would like to thank you! Thank you for buying groceries for neighbors in need, dropping off diapers to their front door, or shoveling their driveways. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe; in keeping your kids off the play structures, skate park and avoiding congregating in large groups, you are helping. Thank you for listening to provincial and federal recommendations about physical distancing, washing your hands and staying home.    

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate these unprecedented and uncertain times. Decisions we’ve made as a council proceed from recommendations issued at provincial and federal government levels. These are guided by the best available evidence and are rooted in protecting the public.  

On behalf of Springfield Council, and staff, THANK YOU!

Below are a few reminders that have been posted on our website or posted on our social media pages.  


Municipal Offices

Municipal Offices have resumed regular hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please note the Public Works Building closes at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.  

Due to COVID-19, several precautionary measures have been implemented in our buildings.  You will not be allowed in any municipal building if you have travelled within 14 days, have been directed to self-isolate or self-monitor, or if you are experiencing any flu/cold like symptoms.  In these situations you are encouraged to email or phone the applicable office.

On-line payment options are available for tax and utility payments.  A drop box is also available at the Municipal Office located at 100 Springfield Centre Drive for during or after office hours.  All payments can be mailed to Box 219, Oakbank, Manitoba, R0E 1J0, payable to the RM of Springfield as well.  These measures are in place to limit unnecessary foot traffic in public spaces.

All Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings will be held at 1:00 p.m. for the remainder of 2020.  To attend in person, please contact the Administration Office to be registered.

Planning Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m.  To attend in person, please contact Johanne at jmarin@rmofspringfield.ca or 204-444-7354.

Administration Office, 100 Springfield Centre Drive – 204-444-3321 or info@rmofspringfield.ca

Planning Office, 686 Main Street – 204-444-3824

Water and Waste Office, Unit 1 – 27 055 Oakwood Road – 204-444-7359 

Public Works Office, Unit 2 – 27 055 Oakwood Road – 204-444-2241


Playgrounds and parks / Community Centers

Parks and playgrounds are open. 

Community Services Department Programming and Services and Special Event Permits

The Community Services Department is now offering a selection of programs and recreation resources on line.   Please visit the Community Services section on the municipal website for further details. Suggestions related to programming, supports or alternative resources are also welcomed; please contact Jessie Chase to provide input. The Service to Seniors office is open and operational. The Springfield Handi-van is operating. Please contact Jessie Chase  at 204-444-6166, or email Jessie Chase, to book the van. 

Summer Programs - Registration for Summer camp is open for online registration only. Registration information can be found by visiting the Community Service Department page.


Animal Control
– remains operational.


By-Law Enforcement – remains operational.


Curbside garbage and recycling pickup – remains operational.  To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 & for the safety of our communities, collection & sorting staff, ensure medical waste like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks & rubber gloves are not included in your recycling bins.


Flood Prevention Management – maintenance and prevention will continue as usual.


Fire Response – remains operational.


Transfer Stations – remain operational. RM staff and residents are asked to follow physical distancing measures.
 

Water & Wastewater Services – remains operational.

Important reminder regarding disinfectant wipes

Sanitary products and sanitary wipes are not to be disposed (flushed) down the sewer system. These products are to be disposed of in the garbage. Although they may say “flushable” or “septic safe” on the packaging, they are most definitely not flushable or septic safe.

These products will cause damage and blockages to either personal sewer systems (septic systems, holding tanks) and municipal sewer systems


Springfield Food Bank

The Springfield Food Bank is looking for your support during this difficult time.  The Food Bank remains open every Saturday morning and will continue to help those in our community who are struggling to put food on the table.  Your financial contribution has never been needed more.  Cheques can be dropped in the mail slot at the RM of Springfield office or sent to the following address:  

Rural Municipality of Springfield
Box 219, 100 Springfield Centre Drive
Oakbank, MB
R0E 1J0

Please make cheques payable to the RM of Springfield with a note attached asking that the proceeds are directed to the Springfield Food Bank.  A receipt will be provided for income tax purposes.


Please visit Province of Manitoba - Pandemic Response System for more updates on COVID-19 from the Province of Manitoba.