Media Release: Smiths Falls ends State of Emergency, Council and Committee meetings to continue virtually

March 30, 2022

Smiths Falls ends State of Emergency, Council and Committee meetings to continue virtually

Effective Tuesday, March 29, 2022 the Town of Smiths Falls has lifted the State of Emergency for Smiths Falls.

The State of Emergency was first initiated by the Town of Smiths Falls on April 6, 2020, in response to the emergency situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The State of Emergency was a valuable tool utilized by the Town of Smiths Falls in 2020 to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and help keep citizens and staff safe,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow. “Now that COVID appears to be moving into an endemic phase and we are in a better place when it comes to hospitalizations and severity of illness, I  feel comfortable in removing the State of Emergency.”

During the State of Emergency in Smiths Falls, the Municipal Emergency Control Group held a total of 78 meetings to discuss the Town’s response to the pandemic and changes to operations to protect the community.

While the State of Emergency has been lifted, in-person meetings of Council, committees, boards, and task forces will continue virtually until renovations of the Council Chambers within Town Hall are complete.

The Town of Smiths Falls wishes to thank citizens for their support over the past two years and all the efforts taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the community. Although the State of Emergency is being lifted, citizens who wish to continue wearing a mask are encouraged to do so.

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For further information, please contact:

Malcolm Morris
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Box 695
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 ext. 1104
mmorris@smithsfalls.ca

Shawn Pankow
Mayor
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Box 695
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 ext. 6101
spankow@smithsfalls.ca