GREEN BRIAR COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Community Centre is closed until further notice.

March 26, 2020

GREEN BRIAR COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Community Centre is closed to all.  Please do not enter the Community Centre for any reason.  Library books, batteries etc are to remain at home until this health crisis has passed. Telephone messages and email messages to the office are being checked regularly.

Be safe in the Community.  Maintain your distances especially in the mailroom.  Self isolate if you are returning from outside the country.   Ask for help from friends and neighbours for grocery deliveries.

The Green Briar Wine and Cheese is cancelled until 2021.  Carol will make arrangements for refunds to all who have paid for tickets.   

UPDATES FROM THE TOWN
Town of New Tecumseth  Stay Safe ---- Stay Healthy

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) 

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 Town news releases

News release: March 17, 2020 - Town to close public access to Admin Centre & JOC 

News release: March 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Impacts on Town of New Tecumseth services

News release: March 14, 2020 - Town closing recreation and culture facilities and libraries due to COVID-19 effective March 16, 2020

News release: March 13, 2020 - Town makes changes to programs and camps as COVID-19 precaution

 Impact on Town services

Please refer to the news releases section to see the most up-to-date information

New Tecumseth Fire Rescue will no longer be issuing burn permits and backyard chimnea permits effective immediately and a fire ban is now in place in New Tecumseth until further notice. 

What is closed?

In an abundance of caution for both residents and staff around the COVID-19 pandemic, all New Tecumseth recreation centres, libraries, the Museum, Banting Homestead, Administration Centre (including Building Department) and the Joint Operations Centre are closed to the public and closures remain in effect until at least start of business Monday, April 6, 2020. 

-       All playgrounds - CLOSED 

-        All programs cancelled

-        54+ Centre – closed

-        Alliston Memorial Arena – closed

-        Banting Homestead - closed

-        Beeton Memorial Arena – closed

-        Museum on the Boyne - closed

-        New Tecumseth Recreation Centre – closed

-        All New Tecumseth Public Libraries – closed

-        Tottenham Community & Fitness Centre – closed

-        Administration Centre, Alliston (including building department)- closed to the public

-        Joint Operations Centre, Beeton - closed to the public 

FAQs about impact on Town services

I had a room/ice/space rented in one of the facilities that is now closed – what happens to my RENTAL?

ALL rentals are cancelled. Full refunds will be provided.  Permit holders will be contacted by staff shortly.

Booking requests for dates beyond April 6th can still be made online or by phone at 705-435-4030 ext. 1500 or 905-936-4203 ext. 1621. Please be aware that future booking requests may be impacted depending on any future or extended impacts on Town services as a result of COVID-19. 

My organization is planning and/or organizing a future event, what should we do?

Any groups or organizations that are planning and/or organizing their own events or gatherings, please be advised that on March 17, 2020 the Province of Ontario has declared a state of emergency and further directed that all organized public events of over 50 people are prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship. The Province’s orders were approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and will remain in place until March 31, 2020, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier. 

I registered for a program that is now cancelled – what happens to my REGISTRATION?

All programs are cancelled. You will receive a prorated refund and will not be charged the admin fee. 

MEMBERSHIPS – What happens to my fitness membership and/or walking track membership?

With the current cancellation, a three-week extension will be added to each membership.  Voluntary membership cancellation due to COVID-19 will have a prorated refund and will not be charged the admin fee. 

Registering for future programs:

Registration for our Spring/Summer programs was scheduled to open Mon., March 16 at 7am. Given the current situation, registration will open at a later date – yet to be determined. Once a date is set for registration opening, the Town will notify the public via our website and social media accounts. 

All playground equipment CLOSED

All Town of New Tecumseth playground equipment is closed. 

The Town is advising all members of the public to not use any public playground equipment as it is not sanitized.  Signs will be installed in all parks and playgrounds throughout New Tecumseth directing potential users to stay off the equipment.

As residents are encouraged to practice safe social distancing, as an alternative, consider using our parks and outdoor spaces for walking, biking or hiking.

Residents are urged to take all precautions recommended by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Chief Medical Officer of Health to protect from COVID-19.

Building Inspections

At this time building inspections will be completed by our Building Inspectors. If the urgency of a requested inspection is low, the inspection may be postponed to an appropriate agreed upon date.
Most standard construction inspections can be carried out, including

Exterior inspections of all buildings, and
Interior inspections of unoccupied buildings that are under construction

The following building inspection services will be suspended or amended until further notice:

Suspension of all interior inspections of occupied buildings                                                                                      

Buildings with alleged safety concerns will be evaluated by the Chief Building Official in order to determine the appropriate action.

Building Permit Applications

The Building Branch will be only accepting building permit applications through digital means. Building staff will circulate digital applications to the required internal departments (Planning, Engineering, Fire, Finance) for their approvals and/or comments.
Email communication will be the preferred method of communication.

 Building Permit payment & Compliance Letters

Until further notice, payment for building permit fees, development charges and compliance letters will be Visa & Mastercard (max $750) this can be taken over the phone or cheque (payable to the Town of New Tecumseth) and deposited to the Town Hall drop box. No in person payments. 

Payment Process:

Complete the cheque and include the building application number on the front of the cheque
Take a photograph of the cheque and email to building@newtecumseth.ca
Arrange to have the cheque dropped off in the drop box at Town Hall.
Building Branch will follow up on the payment and issue a receipt.
Building permit or compliance letter will be issued.
Permit package will be scanned and emailed to the applicant.  Any drawings too large to scan will be delivered to site upon first inspection.

Drinking water 

Drinking water continues to be safe for consumption & meets all provincial requirements. Safety precautions & measures are in place to protect staff and public to ensure Water services continue. There may be some disruption to non-essential services. Critical servicing will be maintained.

Wastewater

Safety precautions and measures are in place to protect staff and public to ensure Wastewater services continue. There may be some disruption to non-essential services. Critical servicing will be maintained.

Please do not to flush or dispose of cleaning wipes/cloths through sanitary services (toilets, etc.) The Town will not be responding to sanitary blockages as a result of the disposal of such cleaning products. Should cleaning products be found to be the cause of a sanitary blockage, property owners will be responsible for all cost.

Transportation

Safety precautions and measures are in place to protect staff and public to ensure Transportation services continue. There may be some disruption to non-essential services. Critical servicing will be maintained.

Payment Dates 

During these unprecedented times, the Town of New Tecumseth is continuously assessing the situation and reviewing options related to payment due dates and will advise of any changes.

On Monday, March 30, New Tecumseth Council will be considering electronic participation in Council meetings at the usual 7pm time. Also at that time, Council will be considering various options to ease the economic burden on residents and businesses as a result of COVID-19.

 By-law Enforcement 

The Town of New Tecumseth has lifted overnight parking restrictions earlier than usual. Bylaw officers will still enforce regular parking infractions like parking within 3m of a fire hydrant, etc. This includes the 5-hour parking restrictions - response will be on a complaint basis.

 About COVID-19

 COVID-19 is a respiratory virus with pneumonia-like symptoms. There are confirmed cases in Canada, including Ontario. The Town of New Tecumseth is working closely with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, the County of Simcoe and other community partners to monitor the global situation to be as prepared as possible and respond accordingly. 

 What you need to know

While the risk of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is currently low for our area and there are no confirmed cases here, it is good to be prepared for the potential arrival of widespread community transmission of the virus. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has information on their website about preparing for a pandemic.

Regular handwashing is the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date local information, visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website. 

How can I get in touch with the Town during these closures?

Citizens can continue to do business with the Town on our website at www.newtecumseth.ca, or by phone at 705-435-3900 or 905-729-0057 (Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm) or by email at info@newtecumseth.ca.

For recreation related questions, please call our Parks, Recreation and Culture team at 705-435-4030 ext. 1500 or 905-936-4203 ext. 1621 or by email recreation@newtecumseth.ca

For detailed information about your Property Tax and Water/Wastewater accounts, access our Virtual Town Hall service portal 24/7. 

For Property Tax and Water/Wastewater payment methods and additional information, please see the FAQ’s on our website:

Property Taxes:  https://www.newtecumseth.ca/en/living-in-our-community/property-taxes-and-payments-faqs.aspx

Water and Wastewater:  https://www.newtecumseth.ca/en/living-in-our-community/paying-your-bill.aspx

Other inquiries can be addressed by contacting the Finance department by phone or email:

Property Taxes

-        Phone: (705) 435-3900 extension 1255 or extension 1251

-        Email: propertytaxes@newtecumseth.ca

Water and Wastewater

-        Phone: (705) 435-3900 extension 1324 or extension 1252

-        Email: utilities@newtecumseth.ca

For any other general finance-related inquiries, please email the Finance Department at finance@newtecumseth.ca

 Business resources

The Town’s Economic Development Office is gathering important information and resources to assist local businesses and their employees in responding to the economic impact of COVID-19.

Stevenson Memorial Hospital 

For the latest news from Stevenson Memorial Hospital, please visit their website at: http://www.stevensonhospital.ca/index.html 

SMH Opens COVID-19 Assessment Centre

On Monday, March 23, Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) is opening a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in their lower parking lot (staff/shipping & receiving entrance). To start, the Centre will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. SMH will evaluate hours of operation based on need from the community.

Please follow SMH on social media (Facebook & Instagram @stevensonhospital, Twitter @stevensonhosp), their website (www.stevensonhospital.ca) or Jody Levac, President & CEO’s on Twitter (@j_levac) for the latest updates as this is an evolving situation.

The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to screen patients who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. SMH asks the public to use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to help determine if they need to come to the Assessment Centre. Please see the below news release issued by SMH. For the latest news from SMH, please visit their website at: http://www.stevensonhospital.ca/news/index.html?id=267

“We’re really trying to divert traffic away from our Emergency Department and main entrance, but provide a place for community members to be screened if they are experiencing symptoms,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH. “It’s important to note that not all patients will be tested at the Centre. Patients will be assessed by a physician who will determine if a test is needed.”

The public is asked to not show up at the Assessment Centre asking to be solely tested for COVID-19. Testing is restricted to patients who meet government screening criteria.

The Assessment Centre will be staffed by SMH nurses and physicians, along with primary care physicians from the Alliston Family Health Team.

Patients arriving at the Assessment Centre will be asked to complete a self-assessment form.  Depending on symptoms, a nurse will determine if they should proceed for further assessment and testing or return home to self-monitor.  If it is determined upon further assessment that criteria for testing are met, a swab will be taken and sent for testing.  All patients will be provided with information and instructions on self-monitoring or isolation.

Patients requiring emergency care, care in the Obstetrics Unit or have other health care needs, should continue to come to the main entrance of SMH and will be screened in the OPP Community Safety trailer before entering the Hospital.

Visitors are not permitted at this time. This excludes the Obstetrics Unit, where labour and delivery patients are able to have one support person 24/7 (must be the same person that stays - no additional visitors). Only pediatric patients can have a parent/visitor with them. Any visitors that are deemed an essential support will be assessed on a case by case basis. No other individuals/visitors are allowed in the Hospital.

“I know these are challenging times for all, and I thank the community for their patience and cooperation,” says Levac. “The safety of our facility, staff, patients and visitors is of the utmost importance and we are working extremely diligently to ensure SMH is a safe place, and remains that way.”

 Additional information sources

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 

Public Health Agency of Canada

Risk level for Canadians, Current situation, Travel advisories

Ontario Ministry of Health
Ontario news, Status of cases in Ontario – updated at 10:30 a.m. daily

World Health Organization
Technical documents, Questions and answers

View the full page in your web browser, or read the text below.

SMH Opens COVID-19 Assessment Centre

On Monday, March 23, Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) opened a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in the lower parking lot (staff/shipping & receiving entrance). To start, the Centre will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-8 p.m. SMH will evaluate hours of operation based on need from the community.

The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to screen patients who have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. SMH asks the public to use the Ministry of Health’s self-assessment tool to help determine if they need to come to the Assessment Centre.

“We’re really trying to divert traffic away from our Emergency Department and main entrance, but provide a place for community members to be screened if they are experiencing symptoms,” says Jody Levac, President and CEO, SMH. “It’s important to note that not all patients will be tested at the Centre. Patients will be assessed by a physician who will determine if a test is needed.”

The public is asked to not show up at the Assessment Centre asking to be solely tested for COVID-19. Testing is restricted to patients who meet government screening criteria.

The Assessment Centre will be staffed by SMH nurses and physicians, along with primary care physicians from the Alliston Family Health Team.

Patients arriving at the Assessment Centre will be asked to complete a self-assessment form.  Depending on symptoms, a nurse will determine if they should proceed for further assessment and testing or return home to self-monitor.  If it is determined upon further assessment that criteria for testing are met, a swab will be taken and sent for testing.  All patients will be provided with information and instructions on self-monitoring or isolation.

Patients requiring emergency care, care in the Obstetrics Unit or have other health care needs, should continue to come to the main entrance of SMH and will be screened in the OPP Community Safety trailer before entering the Hospital.

Visitors are not permitted at this time. This excludes the Obstetrics Unit, where labour and delivery patients are able to have one support person 24/7 (must be the same person that stays - no additional visitors). Only pediatric patients can have a parent/visitor with them. Any visitors that are deemed an essential support will be assessed on a case by case basis. No other individuals/visitors are allowed in the Hospital.

“I know these are challenging times for all, and I thank the community for their patience and cooperation,” says Levac. “The safety of our facility, staff, patients and visitors is of the utmost importance and we are working extremely diligently to ensure SMH is a safe place, and remains that way.”

Update regarding Nottawasaga Inn  
We just received word from BHRSO that the restaurant at the Nottawasaga Inn is now closed until further notice. Residents can check www.NottawasagaResort.com for the most current updates.

Special Announcement:  BHCC CLOSURE  
Effective immediately, due to the recent State of Emergency declaration by Premier Ford, we are closing the Community Centre until further notice.
Anyone needing access will have to contact Paul Facciol or Gary Keffer as alarms will need to be dis-armed before entering.
We will keep you informed of any changes to this situation

On a lighter note:
NOTTAWASAGA LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION
Spring is coming and the NLGA welcomes new and returning golfers of all abilities to our 2020 season!  Both 9 and 18 hole leagues will play on Tuesdays right here on our beautiful Nottawasaga  golf courses.  In addition to regular weekly play, many opportunities to enjoy the game of golf in special events such as scrambles, optional match play and club competitions, Fun Days, tournaments and mystery games are planned.  We hope that there is something for everyone!  Please visit our website nlgagolf.com for the 2020 schedule, contact information for any questions, and to download the registration form to join us.  We would love to see you on the first tee!

NOTTAWASAGA MENS GOLF ASSOCIATION
Couples Golf-don’t forget to save the dates for this year’s Mixed Golf Events-June 5th for the Opening Mixed Scramble and August 21st for the Mixed Alternate Shot (aka the Divorce Open).  Members of the NMGA, NLGA and LDGA are welcome to play and non-members can participate for a small extra cost.  Full details at nmga.webs.com/mixed-tournaments.


​March 13, 2020

GREENBRIAR COMMUNITY CENTRE

The Board of Directors have been monitoring the Coronavirus global situation and locally.  As of today the first COVID-19 case has been reported in Simcoe County (Barrie, ON) As of just hours ago the Mayor of Newmarket is being tested.

The health of our residents is our priority.  We believe that it is not enough to provide advice and hand sanitizers. We need to be prepared for the potential arrival of widespread community transmission of the virus.  The World Health and the Simcoe District County Health Organizations encourage avoiding mass gatherings.  Our Community is in the high-risk category, mostly seniors and many whom have travelled recently and may have come in contact with the virus. We must decrease our chances of exposure.

The Board of Directors of GreenBriar Community Centre have elected to close the Community Centre as of Monday March 16th.   All Activities are cancelled for at least the next 2 weeks.  We will be in touch and resume our activities and events when we all feel it is safe to do so.

The Pub Night as been cancelled. The Bid Euchre had been postponed.  The Pancake Breakfast has been postponed until April 11th, to be confirmed.

Please take care and follow the advice of the Health experts.  We will meet again soon.
 

Pat Edwards
President
GreenBriar Community Centre




March 12, 2020

Green Briar Community Centre
THE WEEK AHEAD
Bid Euchre
Monday, March 16, 7:00 pm

Pub Night
Friday, March 20, The Jammers are back!  Come out and enjoy the music.  It’s a very social evening.  $2.00 per person, BYOB and snacks.

Bid Euchre Tournament
Saturday, March 21, 1:00 pm $5.00.  Contact Barb/Gary Watkins

Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, March 28, 10:00 am $10.00 per person.  Limited number of tickets available.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Green Briar Wine and Cheese on April 25.  Waiting list for tickets at this time.


Marathon Bridge Luncheon on Monday, April 20. 

FUTURE EVENT IDEAS
"Calling all Artisans"   
 GreenBriar is home to many talented Artisans. We would like to offer these talented craftsmen and craftswomen an opportunity to showcase and/or sell their work.  If you are interested in having a table at the Community Centre for the "Green Briar Artisan Fair", please sign up at the Green Briar office. Tell us who you are, what you would like to show and sell at your booth. The Fair will be free to all of our residents. Vendors, there will be a small charge for the table and wall space. Tablecloths will be provided. 
We know there are artists, photographers, quilters, textile artists and published writers in our community and more. We are looking to have a Fair either late May or early June but would like to know if there is an interest.  The Fair will also include a Coffee Shop and Bake sale. 
If you would like to learn more or have ideas to share you can email Pat Edwards at patedwards219@yahoo.com.   We are also looking for volunteers to work on the Fair Committee.

IN HOUSE
With concerns being raised about the COVID19 Virus, the Community Centre is taking steps to ensure extra precautions.  Hand sanitizer is always available in the main hall.  It is now also available in the office, kitchen and front entrance.  Please use it anytime you are in the Community Centre.  The cleaning staff are also making extra efforts to clean all surfaces that are contacted regularly and the exercise equipment is being wiped down. 


Green Briar Male Chorus
Hooray a Director has been found.  Now the Chorus is searching for a pianist.  If you are interested please call Bob Prentice 705.435.2134 or Ron Bonham 705.250.1858.

Briar Hill Community Centre
NOTTAWASAGA MEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION  

Men's Golf. NEW FOR 2020. Based on feedback we have added, more social apres-golf events, a 9 hole play option, "bring a guest day" and pace of play improvements. All of this plus a course that was in fantastic shape last year, we anticipate a terrific new season! Visit

nmga.webs.com for full details*, our 2020 Calendar and Registration form.

 March 5, 2019

Green Briar Community Centre

Saturday night, The Grape Escape was a huge success!  Thank you to Ron, Irene and Chris Woods for hosting an informative and fun evening that was enjoyed by all.

The Community Centre is hosting 2 events in March:
Bid Euchre Tournament on March 21 beginning at 1:00.  Cost is $5.00.  Refreshments, snacks and fun provided.


 Pancake Breakfast on March 28 beginning at 10:00 am.  Cost is $10.00 per person.  Entertainment provided by the Sugartones.  All you can eat pancakes, sides of bacon and fruit, refreshments.  Tickets can be purchased from the office during office hours or from Pat Edwards, 250-0827.

The Green Briar Wine and Cheese on April 25 is taking names for the waiting list.  This very popular yearly event provides a large selection of cheeses, fruits and other nibbles as well as wine sampling from the Cork and Vine.

THE WEEK AHEAD
Bid Euchre on Monday, March 9, 7:00 pm.

Or choose from one of the many other weekly activities that are run at the Community Centre.

IN HOUSE
Updated Directories are available in the office during office hours.

Aspirin containers are available in the office, cost $3.00. 

NOTICE
The Green Briar Male Chorus is currently searching for both a director and a pianist to being in April.  Anyone interested can contact Bob Prentice at 705.435.2134 or Ron Bonham 705.250.1858.  
Practices will begin the first Saturday in April.


Briar Hill Community Centre
 Special TRAVELOGUE presentation March 9, 2020 
On Monday, March 9th at 7 p.m. in the Great Room, we will be hosting a special Travelogue presentation.  Keith and Wendy Horsfall will present their travels, Trains of New England, Nova Scotia's southern coast and Autumn  in New England.  
All are welcome to attend ......

Gentlemen. We invite you to join us for weekly play (mainly Thursdays) which includes league play (3 flights), match play, skins, social events, tourneys, Club Championship, Ryder Cup style event and Mixed Couples tournaments. Cost only $50*. Visit nmga.webs.com for full details*, our 2020 Calendar and Registration form.