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Severn closes facilities, cancels meeting amid COVID-19 concerns

'We continue to work with our partners to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 locally,' says Mayor Mike Burkett
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Severn Township Mayor Mike Burkett stands beside one of the municipality’s fire trucks. OrilliaMatters File Photo

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve around the world and in our region, the health and well-being of Severn residents remains our top priority. Township of Severn continues to work closely with Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and our community partners to monitor and respond to COVID-19.

"The situation is evolving rapidly and the Township is adapting to new information every day," said Mayor Mike Burkett. "We continue to work with our partners to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 locally. We encourage residents to stay informed and take actions to stay healthy."

​Public health officials are recommending protective measu​res​​ such as social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. In response, Township of Severn is making changes to services and programming, effective March 17. These changes will remain in effect until April 5 and will be evaluated for potential extension beyond that date.​

Impact on Township Services Facilities

The Administration Office at 1024 Hurlwood Lane​ will be closed to the public starting tomorrow. ​You can still​contact us by phone or email​ or use the drop​box (available 24/7).​ Fire Stations and Public Works Operations Yards will also be closed to the public. All emergency and essential municipal services will continue.

Municipally-owned recreation and culture ​facilities are closed, including:

  • ​Coldwater and District Community Centre​
  • Lake St. George Community Centre​
  • Severn Township Public Library ​
  • Matchedash Community Heritage ​Centre
  • ​​Washago Community Centre​​​ Programs and Activities

All recreation and library programs and activities are cancelled.


The following meetings are cancelled: ​​

  • Committee of Adjustment (March 17)
  • Planning and Development (March 18)
  • Corporate Services (March 25)
  • Special Council (March 25)
  • Council (April 1)

Protecting Yourself

​Take these actions to help you and your family stay healthy​:​

  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often
  • Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue
  • Dispose of tissue immediately and wash your hands
  • ​Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Keep surfaces clean and disinfected
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Maintain social distance of two metres
  • Avoid non-essential travel outside of​ Canada