Mayor Gordon Krantz, with the support of Milton Council and the Town’s Crisis Management Team has officially declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Milton. This declaration supports Halton Region and the Province of Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ongoing measures to flatten the curve.
This action provides the municipality with the flexibility needed to manage this rapidly evolving emergency situation. Declaring an emergency supports the Town’s ongoing efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19 through the implementation of public safety measures and encouraging social distancing.
“Declaring a State of Emergency is a measure being taken to protect the health and safety of our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Gordon Krantz. “My strongest message to residents is to stay home and only leave the house for essential items like food and medical needs. I urge everyone to continue practicing social distancing. During this difficult and uncertain time, I also encourage you to socially connect and pick up the phone to call, text and email friends and family members.”
Self-isolation means not visiting friends and family, not organizing playdates for your children or gathering in large groups in the Town’s parks, sports courts or skate parks.
For information about municipal services affected by COVID-19 and the Town of Milton’s actions to protect the community, visit milton.ca/coronavirus.
Halton Region Public Health is the lead agency ensuring all of the necessary protocols are followed. For more details about COVID-19 cases in Halton Region and the protocols followed, visit www.halton.ca/coronavirus.
The Town has implemented the following service changes to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to help the community in the areas of parking enforcement, transit, building permits and inspections and playgrounds.
Effective March 19, parking enforcement is limited to safety-related issues such as fire routes and fire hydrant obstructions, accessible parking, no parking/stopping areas, block driveways, and interference with snow clearing. No parking overnight and no parking longer than 5 hours restrictions have been relaxed to help those working from home or self-isolating. Residents can dispute a ticket online or email email@example.com.
Milton Transit continues to operate a regular schedule with the exception of school specials. Effective March 20, Milton Transit is not collecting fares until further notice. For the safety of drivers and passengers, patrons are asked to board and exit buses using the rear doors. Persons with mobility devices should continue using the front doors.
Building Permits and Inspections
Building permit applications can be submitted digitally in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Inspections of unoccupied sites under construction will be conducted independently by the Town’s building official, provided the project is in open air and no more than two personnel are in the building. At this time, inspections of occupied buildings will not be conducted and these requests will be rescheduled.
Parks and Public Spaces
The Town is posting signs in parks, playgrounds, skate parks, basketball courts and leash-free dog parks to remind the public to practice social distancing, avoid touching surfaces in these areas and to follow Halton Region Public Health’s recommendations.
Halton Region Public Health is the lead agency working with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and local healthcare providers to monitor the COVID-19 situation and take actions as appropriate. Town of Milton staff are in constant communication with Halton Region Public Health to ensure the Town is prepared to reassess daily and respond to the situation as it evolves.