The Town of Smiths Falls is taking proactive measures to curb possible transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. The Town is supporting restrictions as instituted by the province of Ontario and public health guidelines as recommended by the Leeds Grenville & Lanark Health Unit (LCLHU).
The Town of Smiths Falls municipal complex is currently closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While the physical building is closed, staff are available to assist residents and businesses as needed by phone or email. A staff directory is available on our website.
We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves, our families, friends and community safe.
Please take note of the COVID-19 zone for our region to determine what activities are permitted and safe to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. You can find that information at the following link: Ontario COVID Zone Information or on the LCLHU.
For additional information on COVID-19, please contact the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853 or visit their website at www.healthunit.org/coronavirus. If you have questions about getting tested for the COVID-19 virus please visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ to take a self-assessment.
Please see the side links for more information. Click here to access resources for businesses to assist them in responding to the pandemic. Please click here to review the Town of smiths Falls’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Proof of Vaccination: Guidance for Businesses and Organizations
Changes in provincial regulations will impact Smiths Falls’ businesses and organizations. Beginning on Sept. 22, 2021, businesses and organizations operating in Ontario will be required to ask for proof of vaccination from patrons. The following businesses are included in this mandate:
- Restaurants and bars (excluding patios, delivery and takeout)
- Nightclubs, including outdoor areas
- Meeting and event spaces
- Sports and fitness facilities and gyms (with the exception of youth recreational sports)
- Sporting events
- Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
- Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas
- Strip clubs, bath houses and sex clubs
- Racing venues
- Indoor areas of waterparks
- Areas of commercial TV
Businesses in Ontario will be required to cross reference vaccination receipts with government identification (driver’s license, birth certificate or passport) and to confirm the bearer has been fully vaccinated (second dose) for 14 days.
There are some exemptions to this mandate. Businesses are encouraged to read the full guidance release from the province of Ontario here: https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/guidance_proof_of_vaccination_for_businesses_and_organizations.pdf