Newmarket declares a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19
At the March 18, 2020 Emergency Council Meeting, Mayor John Taylor declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 in the Town of Newmarket.
“This is an unprecedented time that most of us have never experienced in our lifetime. Declaring a state of an emergency is not to incite panic, but to incite action and allow the Town to dedicate more resources and be in a better position to respond to COVID-19.” says Mayor John Taylor. “It is time for us as a community to do our part to help flatten the curve and stabilize the spread of COVID-19. We need to listen to our Public Health Officials and seriously practice social distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 to save lives.”
Following the Declaration of a state of emergency, the Town will also be activating its Emergency Operations Centre on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in response to COVID-19.
In addition to declaring a State of Emergency, the following decision points were also made at the Emergency Council Meeting:
Property Taxes penalty fees and interest waived
The Town is looking for ways to help provide financial relief from property taxes to residents. For the time being, the Town of Newmarket is going to waive all late payment fees and interests on all property tax accounts. Late payments for the March 26 and April 28 property due dates will not be subject to any late payment fees or interests. The Town will come back in 30-60 days with more options and details on a property tax deferral plan.
Support for Community Groups
Newmarket Council approved up to $25,000 in support of community meal programs, enhanced community food bank operations or to be used for other community needs. Newmarket is also working with these community groups on contingency planning to ensure they are able to meet the needs of the community during COVID-19.
Cancellation of all Town of Newmarket Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings
All upcoming Council Meetings, including Committee of the Whole, Public Planning Meetings and Advisory Committee and Board Meetings are cancelled until further notice.
Noise By-law exemption to allow for 24-hour service delivery
Newmarket Council reviewed its Noise By-law and it currently meets the requirement to allow all service or delivery trucks, who are providing essential services to continue with their business outside of current daytime hours. This will ensure all essential services and stores will be stocked for our community.
For more information on Newmarket related to COVID-19, visit newmarket.ca/covid19. For more information on what Declaring a State of Emergency means, visit the webpage.