PERTH COUNTY – The majority of Perth County has declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19.
Perth County, Perth South, Perth East and West Perth all declared a state of emergency this morning (March 26) in their respective municipalities.
“This morning the County of Perth along with the Townships of Perth South and Perth East and the Municipality of West Perth made the mutual decision to declare emergencies in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic,” said Perth County Warden Jim Aitcheson.
“The decision to declare an emergency is not taken lightly,” said Aitcheson. “Perth County is being proactive in our fight against COVID-19 to protect the health and safety of individuals and families.”
The municipalities that declared a state of emergency today cited the following reasons declaring:
- It can raise awareness of the seriousness of COVID-19 and demonstrate to their residents that the municipality is taking the current situation seriously, and is taking every step that they can to protect them from the threat;
- A declaration of emergency provides the Head of Council the authority to take actions or make orders, which are not contrary to law, in order to protect the inhabitants in the area of the emergency;
- To protect volunteers that may be called to assist;
- To preserve the rights of the municipality for future compensation should it become available; and
- To ensure they can quickly respond to other unforeseen events should they arise.
Officials stated that they will continue to monitor the situation and make “all appropriate changes as necessary.”
Residents are being encouraged to stay home, practice physical distancing and maintain proper hygiene protocols as recommended by Ontario’s medical officer of health.
For up to date information on COVID-19 in Huron-Perth, visit www.hpph.ca/en/index.aspx