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CAPITAL REGION COVID-19 PREVENTION ORDER

Community spread of COVID-19 is not contained and there are significant strains on our health care system. On Thursday, November 12, the province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red).

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS FORMALIZE NEXT STEPS OF PROVINCE’S CAUTIOUS REOPENING EFFECTIVE FEB. 12

Following the Fundamentals is How We Continue To Protect Each Other and Save Lives: Pallister

Following feedback from Manitobans and advice from public health leaders, the province is loosening a variety of restrictions while ensuring protocols are in place to protect Manitobans from the risks of COVID-19, Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief provincial health officer, announced today.

“Today is another big day for Manitobans, especially for our local business owners who are eager to safely reopen their doors, and provide the goods and services that Manitobans have missed the past few months,” said Pallister. “With fewer restrictions, we must remain cautious, in fact, even more cautious. In the absence of COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government, following the fundamentals is how we continue to protect each other and save lives.”

The orders will formalize the following changes for all of Manitoba, replacing the General COVID-19 Prevention Orders made on Jan. 28 and the Northern Manitoba COVID-19 Prevention Orders made on Feb. 1, 2021. The orders will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 12 and will last for three weeks.

The orders include the following changes, with further pandemic safety measures in place:
• allowing restaurants and licensed premises to reopen at 25 per cent capacity with patron groups limited to members of the same household only;
• allowing outdoor rinks to reopen for casual sports as well as organized practices and games, with multi-team tournaments not permitted;
• allowing gyms, fitness centres and yoga studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing indoor sporting facilities such as rinks, gymnastic clubs and martial arts studios to reopen at 25 per cent capacity for individual instruction only;
• allowing places of worship to hold regular religious services if a service does not exceed 10 per cent of usual capacity or 50 people, whichever is lower;
• allowing self-help groups for persons dealing with addictions or other behaviours to hold meetings at 25 per cent capacity of the premise where meetings take place;
• allowing museums, art galleries and libraries to operate at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing personal service businesses, such as those providing pedicures, electrolysis, cosmetic application, tanning, tattooing or massage services to reopen at 25 per cent capacity;
• allowing photographers and videographers to offer services to individual clients or those residing in the same household in addition to providing services at weddings, with the exception of visiting client homes; and
 • allowing the film industry to operate fully with physical distancing and other safety measures in place.

“These new orders allow us to resume more activities and services we enjoy, but we cannot let our guard down yet,” said Roussin. “We will continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 developments and case numbers to ensure we protect each other and our health-care system. Manitobans need to continue to follow the fundamentals at all times including staying home when sick, frequent handwashing and wearing masks. We all have a part to play in keeping our COVID-19 curve down so we can continue making measured progress towards getting back to the things we love.”

The new orders also bring the entire province under the same restrictions, where the northern region had previously been under separate orders to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

Under the new orders, northern Manitoba will see the changes listed above in addition to the restrictions in place over the last three weeks for the rest of the province including:
• household visitor restrictions of up to two designated people,
• visits of five people plus members of a household on an outdoor private property,
• retail stores open at 25 per cent capacity or 250 people maximum with adequate physical distancing, and
 • non-regulated health services, hair salons and barbershops open with 25 per cent capacity and adequate physical distancing.

Since Feb. 4, over 33,000 responses were provided on the proposed changes to the orders. Feedback indicated:
• 65 per cent of respondents felt somewhat or very comfortable going to restaurants;
• 57 per cent of respondents felt somewhat or very comfortable going to the gym or to a yoga studio; and
 • opening food services was ranked the highest priority for respondents, followed by opening personal services like nail salons and tattoo parlors, allowing gyms to reopen for individual training and allowing outdoor organized outdoor sports to resume for games or practices.

Final survey results will be posted on the EngageMB website once compiled.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit www.manitoba.ca/COVID19.

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-10 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 Centres

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.