Media Release: Smiths Falls extends closure of Town Hall, changes to services in response to Omicron variant

Dec. 31, 2021

Smiths Falls extends closure of Town Hall, changes to services in response to Omicron variant

In response to announcements from the province of Ontario regarding the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the Town of Smiths Falls is making changes to operations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep staff and residents safe.

The closure of Town Hall, which was expected to reopen on Jan. 4, 2022, will be extended until further notice. Residents and businesses are encouraged to contact staff via email or phone, and to arrange payment or drop-offs in advance. A full directory of municipal staff can be found at www.smithsfalls.ca/get-in-touch/

Until further notice, the Town will also be reducing building inspections to unoccupied buildings or outside inspections only. Fire inspections will also be restricted to unoccupied buildings, however inspections regarding life safety issues upon complaint will continue.

Residents are encouraged to continue to use online payments when possible. Residents can register for e-Bill payment through the Town of Smiths Falls website, www.smithsfalls.ca; online payments can be made via credit card, PayPal, or through online financial institutions. Garbage tags may be purchased at Your Independent Grocer in Smiths Falls.

On Dec 10, the province announced that as of Jan 4 that QR code proof of vaccination is required for all people 12 years of age or older to access indoor community spaces, as well as restaurants, music venues, and other indoor gathering locations where proof of vaccination is required.

To ensure public safety and comply with provincial guidelines, effective Jan 4, the Town of Smiths Falls will require community centre patrons to provide proof of vaccination through QR code, along with a separate piece of photo identification.

QR verification will speed up processing of vaccine verification for admission and will be the only option accepted at the Community Centre in order to gain entry. This requirement will apply to any venue that requires proof of vaccination.

Citizens who have not yet accessed proof of vaccination are able to download and then save the electronic version of the vaccine certificate with a QR code to their phone or print a paper copy. A separate piece of photo identification showing name and date of birth will also be required along with their proof of vaccination QR code.

For more information please visit Ontario’s Vaccine Portal at: https://ontario.ca/proofofvaccination.

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For further information, please contact:

Rick Chesebrough
Community Emergency Management Coordinator
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith St N, Box 695
Smiths Falls, ON
K7A 2B8
613-283-5869 ext. 1
rchesebrough@smithsfalls.ca