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 Wainfleet declares State of Emergency


For Immediate Release – April 3, 2020

Wainfleet Declares State of Emergency in response to COVID-19

Wainfleet, ON – Wainfleet Mayor Kevin Gibson officially declared a State of Emergency in the Township in response to developments in the COVID-19 pandemic at 11:00 am on April 3, 2020.

“I have been in constant communication with our Emergency Control Group, area Mayors and the Regional Chair, as the situation has developed,” said Wainfleet Mayor Kevin Gibson. “ In light of the most recent developments across the country, and in the Niagara Region, I am now declaring an official State of Emergency in the Township.”
The Township of Wainfleet’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), which has been partially activated in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the Niagara Region since March 13, 2020, entered into full activation with the declaration.

“The declaration is the next step in stemming the spread of the Coronavirus and keeping the residents of the Township safe,” said Gibson. “We will implement our emergency plan to protect our residents and stress the need for everyone to treat the pandemic with the seriousness it deserves – to practice social distancing and disinfection safety at all times.”

Wainfleet Council took the proactive measure of passing a Delegation of Powers by-law at It’s March 16th meeting, authorizing Mayor Kevin Gibson and CAO, William Kolasa, the ability to make decisions as a ‘body of Council’ where it was not possible, or prudent, for Council to do so. All other Niagara municipalities have also passed identical by-laws, in the meantime. Council met last night for its regular meeting of Council, with Councillors Van Vliet and Cridland, taking part virtually, to enhance Council safety and practice social distancing.

“We are taking all possible steps to support Council’s function to maintain the provision of municipal government and the services and community leadership we can prudently and safety provide,” said Wainfleet CAO William Kolasa.

In light of the Declaration of Emergency, Mayor Gibson urged residents to take the recommended precautions to keep themselves and everyone in the community safe, including handwashing, surface disinfection, covering coughs and physical and social distancing. The Mayor referred to people ignoring the rules and carrying on with a ‘business as usual approach’ as “dangerously irresponsible.”

“This is a global pandemic and while we should not panic, we need to treat this with the respect it deserves,” he said. “The most important step you can take at this point is to stay home,” adding that Council and staff would be taking whatever measures were needed to keep residents safe and the community secure. The Mayor also encouraged residents to stay current and stay informed on information from credible federal, provincial and municipal sources.

The latest local updates in Wainfleet, including closures and directives, can be found on the Township's COVID-19 page. This is the first state of emergency declared in the Township of Wainfleet’s history.

For more information, contact:

Kevin Gibson, Mayor 
Township of Wainfleet