The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is the lead agency working with the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario plus additional healthcare providers to monitor the COVID-19 situation and take actions as appropriate. Southwest Middlesex places the health and well-being of our community first and foremost and are following recommendations from MLHU to ensure that we are prepared to respond to the situation as it evolves. The information below offers you the best sources of information concerning Covid-19 (Coronavirus). The resources below apply to individuals, business and industry and are provided to help guide you through the pandemic.
COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice
The Province of Ontario and our local Health Unit have great information and advice as linked below. Here you will find current information including how to operate during the current order and find excellent resources to help you through the pandemic.
- Province of Ontario
- Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) Public Health Advice:
Please note that proper protective face masks are required throughout public indoor spaces within Southwest Middlesex. It is also recommended that face masks be used in outdoor public spaces where a distance of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained.
Southwest Middlesex is working with all the changes and in an effort to keep our residents and visitors safe we are taking the following action:
Billings and Payments
- Penalties on current outstanding taxes are waived
- Interest on tax arrears is waived
- Late payment charges on water/wastewater bills are waived
Cancellations & Closures
- The Municipal Office is closed to the public - appointments can be requested for any urgent business by calling us at 519-287-2015 . Staff are working remotely where possible to keep as many services available to you as we can. Please see our staff directory for contact information.
- Our arena, community centres, washroom facilities and canteen facilities remain closed at this time. Outdoor sporting activities will be opening as per the Province of Ontario Roadmap to Reopen.
- Libraries are operated by Middlesex County - for current operation levels please visit Middlesex County Library
We continue to provide the following essential services:
- Garbage and Recycling collection continues to operate under the existing schedule with the transfer station continuing to operate as well.
- Fire Departments continue to provide emergency services to the community during the pandemic.
- Water and Wastewater services continue to operate to provide water and sewer services to you.
- Council Meetings are continuing in a virtual format and can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
- Outdoor Sporting Activities will ultimately dictate what our summer sports season looks like for all of our user groups. At this time, we are anticipating a re-opening of our sportsfields under the following guidelines:
- June 11, 2021 - Step 1:
- Training only for outdoor sports teams/10 people maximum/3 metres distance
- user groups may return to our sportsfields with a plan to adhere to the provincial guidelines
- user groups must provide SWM with a Return to Play Plan that has been vetted by the MLHU and deemed a safe plan.
- Step 2 may follow 21 days (minimum) after Step 1 is in place
- July 2, 2021 (subject to change as directed by Provincial health measures) - Step 2:
- Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen suggests outdoor sports leagues open
- user groups may return to regular play on the outdoor sportsfields
- outdoor gathering limits anticipated to be 25 people maximum
- physical distances of 2 metres anticipated to be recommended
- July 22, 2021 (subject to change as directed by Provincial health measures) - Step 3:
- larger outdoor gatherings may be permitted - numbers not available at this time
- Ontario's roadmap to reopen suggests outdoor sports will be able to open with some restrictions (yet to be defined)
- June 11, 2021 - Step 1:
Financial Support Links
Financial support may be available from the following sources or some organizations may help you find solutions and obtain support:
Food Bank Information
How to Report COVID-19 Order Violations
If you have concerns about COVID-19 order violations in Middlesex County, please call the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122 or submit a report at opp.ca/reporting.