East Hawkesbury declares state of emergency

East Hawkesbury Township Mayor Robert Kirby has declared an official state of emergency to “better manage” the COVID-19 pandemic for his municipality.

“I hope everyone is trying to follow the (pandemic) guidelines that exist because this is a serious situation,” Mayor Kirby said during a phone interview today (March 27).

The township’s state of emergency order follows in the wake of the joint declaration March 26 by the mayor of Cornwall and the wardens for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell and the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry of an official state of emergency for their areas regarding the pandemic.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in East Hawkesbury Township but Mayor Kirby noted that the state of emergency declaration is a “precautionary move” to make sure the municipality has access to any form of senior government funding assistance that may become available to help Ontario communities during the pandemic.

“If there is any available aid,” he said, “we want to be there ready.”

Other municipalities, like Toronto and Guelph, have declared states of emergency for their areas due to the pandemic. The federal government and all of the provincial and territorial governments have also declared states of emergency as part of their COVID-19 pandemic strategies.

Work continues on the Ecolomondo project, a “green” addition to Hawkesbury’s industrial sector and the company is optimistic about having its new showpiece recycling facility ready soon.