COVID-19 Community Update

The RM of St. Clements’ focus is on protecting the health, safety and security of our residents and staff.  We are continuing to operate as normally as possible.

St. Clements Connect

We are urging all residents to sign up for St. Clements Connect.  As COVID-19 evolves the RM of St. Clements believes communication with our residents is key to ensuring public safety.  Our new communication system, Connect, is the best way of doing so as we can alert you to the latest news and emergency updates.

You can choose any or all of the following contact options: voice message on land line phone, text or voice message on cell phone or email to receive notifications about emergencies and other important issues.  Sign up here.

We all play a role in mitigating the impacts of COVID-19, and the starting point is reliable information.  You can help by encouraging your friends and family to sign up for Connect.  Thank you for doing your part!

Public Health and virus information

For accurate and up-to-date information regarding personal preventative measures, testing and more, please refer to the following:

Government of Canada Coronavirus Website

Province of Manitoba Public Health Coronavirus Website

For all News Releases from the Province of Manitoba, please click here.

Public Information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744

Health Links-Info Sante: 204-788-8200 or toll free 1-888-315-9257

Experiencing symptoms?  Take a self assessment with the COVID-19 Screening Tool

Help Next Door MB – This new tool launched by the Province connects volunteers safely with Manitobans needing assistance.

Changes at offices, facilities and services

Municipal offices

The Administration Office and the Public Works Offices are now closed to the public.  Staff can be reached via telephone at 204-482-3300 or by email at info@rmfostclements.com.  Payments can be made using the drop box at the back of our Administration Office at 1043 Kittson Road for cheques, mailing in a cheque or paying online through your banking institution.

Council meetings are closed to the public with recordings made available.  Audio recordings can be found here.

Playgrounds and parks

We do not have the ability to disinfect any playground or park equipment within our Municipality and thus recommend against the use of either due to the potential to contract and spread the COVID-19 virus.  Use of any playground, park or other municipal property shall be done at your own risk with no promise that the playground, park or property is disinfected or safe from the virus.

Facilities

Events at recreation centres and municipal programming are either cancelled or postponed.  See below for further details.

Municipal Services

Essential services remain in operation.

Animal control – remains operational.

By-Law – remains operational.

Curbside garbage and recycling pickup – remains operational.

Flood prevention management – maintenance and prevention will continue as usual.

Fire response – remains operational.

Landfill – remains operational.  RM staff and residents are asked to follow social distancing measures.

Public works – remains operational.  If you need to discuss an issue please contact the main office at 204-482-3300 or email info@rmofstclements.com.

Transfer stations – remain operational.  RM staff and residents are asked to follow social distancing measures.

Water & Wastewater services – remains operational.

We will continue to provide updates regarding any changes to services here and on our Facebook page.

Important reminder regarding disinfectant wipes

Sanitary products and sanitary wipes are not to be disposed (flushed) down the sewer system. These products are to be disposed of in the garbage. Although they may say “flushable” or “septic safe” on the packaging, they are most definitely not flushable or septic safe.
These products will cause damage and blockages to either personal sewer systems (septic systems, holding tanks) and municipal sewer systems.

Community and RM programming cancellations and postponements

Birds Hill Provincial Park – Provincial Parks will remain open for day use.  Interpretive centres are now closed and all planned interpretive events have been cancelled until further notice.

East Selkirk Recreation Association – Effective immediately all East Selkirk Recreation Association spring recreation activities (including but not limited to; hockey, soccer, baseball, etc.) will be suspended until further notice. For more information please visit the ESRA website at www.eastselkirkrec.com/covid-19.

Gaynor Family Regional Library Closed to the public. Minimum staff will be in the building to handle shipments and dropbox returns as well as maintain elibrary services. More information is available on what services will be available during this time at www.gfrl.org.  Or by viewing their public notice here.

Gordon Howard Centreis closed until further notice.

Grand Marais Community Central – is closed.  The situation will be re-assessed at that time and necessary adjustments made.  

Grand Marais Recreation Centreis closed. and all of their events have been cancelled. They will re-assess the situation at that time and make necessary adjustments.

Interlake Juried Art Show – is cancelled for 2020.

Red River North Tourism – Annual General Meeting scheduled for March 25 has been postponed. The meeting will be re-scheduled to sometime in May and the new date will be advertised.

Red River Planning District – Effective immediately the RRPD office will be closed to the public.  RRPD staff are still working and phone calls and emails will be answered.  They will continue to accept and issue permit applications through alternative means.  For more information visit their website at www.redriverplanning.com/

RM of St. Clements Administration Office and the Public Works Offices – will be closed to the public effective immediately.  Staff are on-site and can continue to be reached via telephone or email.

RM of St. Clements Glass Class – The Multi-Coloured Fused Glass Lantern Workshop that was scheduled for March 24 has been postponed to a tentative date of April 21st – same time and location of 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Happy Thought School. We will contact those that already registered with further information and if the tentative date changes.

RM of St. Clements Moving with Muscle Fitness Class – The last Moving with Muscle Fitness Class at Corpus Christi Church Hall on March 17 has been cancelled. We will advise when the fitness classes commence again.

RM of St. Clements RCMP Forum – Due to the recent developments on COVID-19 and the confirmed positive cases in Manitoba and the recommended social distancing measures for all Manitobans, we have decided to postpone the RCMP Forum for the residents of Central St. Clements that was scheduled for Monday, March 16. We will post a new tentative date once decided.

These decisions have all been made in the best interest of protecting the health and safety of our community. We will pull through this together.

Other helpful links

For planning and preparedness information, click to Make a Plan for COVID-19.

For more information on being prepared from the Government of Canada, click here.

Government of Canada COVID-19 related travel advisories

For more information from the Province of Manitoba click here.

Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Contains Advice for Self-monitoring)

Self-Isolation Fact Sheet

What Do I Do While Waiting for My (COVID-19) Test Results?