COVID-19

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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.

Effective March 18, Municipally-owned buildings will be closed to the public. Wherever possible, if programs and services delivered by the RM of Springfield can be done differently, we are taking those precautionary steps. 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 https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html  


Brock Holowachuk, Emergency Operations Manager – Springfield Fire and Rescue Service
bholowachuk@rmofspringfield.ca, or 204 803 2927  


COVID-10 Related Changes at offices and for municipal services

Municipal offices

All municipal offices are now closed to the public.  This includes the Administration Office, Public Works, Planning, and Police buildings.  Staff can be reached via telephone or by email.  Payments can be made using the drop box located at the Administration Office at 100 Springfield Centre Drive.  Cheques can be mailed to Box 219, Oakbank, Manitoba, R0E 1J0.  Online tax and utility payments can be made through your banking institution.

Council meetings are currently closed to the public with recordings made available on the website.  Council has postponed all public hearings until further notice.   

Municipal Services

Essential services remain in operation.  

The Municipal Act prescribes that every municipality must provide the following services:

  • Fire protection
  • Police services
  • Road maintenance
  • Waste management
  • Waste and Wastewater Service
  • Emergency management
  • Land use planning
  • Weed control
  • Building inspection

It is unknown at this time if non-essential municipal programs and services will be affected or delayed by the current situation.

Playgrounds and parks / Community Centres

All play structures in the Municipality of Springfield are CLOSED until further notice.   This includes the skate park at Springfield Centre.  Parks remain open, however gatherings must be limited to no more than ten people.  These measures have been put into effect to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Community Clubs, arenas, and the Springfield Public Library are closed to the public until further notice.

Community Services Department Programming and Services

The Community Services Department is now offering certain programs and recreation resources on line.   Please visit the Community Services section on the municipal website. The Service to Seniors office remains open, however services have been suspended until further notice. The Municipal Handi-van will operate for emergency medical appointments only.

Special Event Permits – no permits are being approved until further notice.

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.

Public works – remains operational.  If you need to discuss an issue, please contact the main office at 204-444-2241 or email info@rmofspringfield.ca.

Dust Abatement

Dust control orders must be paid by cheque and be placed in the drop box available at the Administration Office at 100 Springfield Centre Drive or mailed to Box 219, Oakbank, Manitoba, R0E 1J0, accompanied with the application form.  All information on the form must be completed or your order may not be processed.  Applications will be received up to and including May 18.  Marking sticks for placement will be delivered to your location and dropped at the end of the driveway.  Call Public Works for more information at 204-444-2241.

Planning and Development

The Planning Office located at 686 Main Street, Oakbank, has arranged for a drop box within their vestibule to allow building permits and related information to be dropped off for processing during the closures.  Staff are available by phone 204-444-3824 or email at info@rmofspringfield.ca.

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.

COMMUNITY UPDATES

April 6, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #43

April 6, 2020 - Manitoba News Release: Canada's Premieres Support Provincial Borrowing Initiative Championed By Manitoba

April 5, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #42

April 4, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #41

April 3, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #40

April 3,  2020 - Manitoba Updates: COVID-19 Measures

April 2, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #39

April 1, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #38

March 31, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin COVID-19 Bulletin #37

March 31, 2020 - Manitoba Suspends Classroom Learning Indefinitely Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31, 2020 - Manitoba Government Announcements and Actions on COVID-19

March 30, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #36

March 30, 2020 - Manitoba Restricts Operations  of Non-Critical Business in new Public Health Order

March 30, 2020 - COVID-19 State of Emergency and Public Health Orders FAQs

March 30, 2020 - Manitoba Supports Programs for At-Risk Youth in Altona

March 29, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #35

March 28, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #34

March 27, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #33

March 27, 2020 - Manitoba News Release:  Province Launches Program to Help Manitobans Cope with Anxiety Related to COVID-19

March 26, 2020 - Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority COVID-19 Community Update

March 26, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #32

March 25, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #31

March 24, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #30

March 23, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: Province Launches Ontil Tool toConnect Volunteers Safetly with Manitobans Needing Assistance

March 23, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #29

March 22, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #28

March 22, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #27 

March 21, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #26 

March 21, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #25

March 20, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #24

March 20, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #23

March 20, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: Manitoba Implementing $27.6 Million Plan to Support Child Care for Essential Workers

March 20, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: Manitoba Government Declares State of Emergency to Protect the Public, Reduce Spread of COVID-19

March 19, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #22

March 19, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #21

March 18, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #20

March 18, 2020 - Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority COVID-19 Community Update

March 18, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #19

March 17, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #18 

March 17, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #17 

March 15, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #16 

March 15, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #15 

March 15, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #14 

March 15, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #13 

March 14, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #12 

March 13, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #11 

March 13, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #10 

March 12, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #9 

March 12, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #8 

March 10, 2020 - Province Working with Other Jurisdictions to Purchase Personal Protective Equipment for Health Workers and Patients

March 5, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #7 

February 28, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #6 

February 27, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #5

February 20, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #4 

February 13, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #3

February 7, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #2

January 31, 2020 - Manitoba Media Bulletin: COVID-19 Bulletin #1


Please visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19/ for more updates on COVID-19 from the Province of Manitoba.