COVID-19 Community Update

We want to provide the most up-to-date information you rely on as we respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  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.

#RestartMB Pandemic Response System Moves to Critical (red) in Winnipeg Metro Region, Restricted (orange) in Rest of Province

Effective Monday, Nov. 2, the Winnipeg Metro Region will move to the Critical level (red) on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System. This includes the following changes:

– Bars and restaurants will be closed except for take-out and delivery.
– Most retail will be reduced to 25 per cent capacity.
– Sports and recreation programming will be suspended.
– Gyms and fitness centres will have reduced capacity to 25 per cent and masks will be mandatory, even when exercising.
– Movie theatres and concert halls will close.
– Personal services have no change and stay at 50 per cent capacity.
– Non-urgent and elective surgeries and diagnostics will be suspended. Scheduled surgeries in a number of essential and time-sensitive areas will continue to be performed including cancer, cardiac and trauma. Patients will be contacted directly if their scheduled surgeries are affected.
– Visitation at all Manitoba hospitals has been suspended, with exceptions made on a case-by-case basis for patients receiving end-of-life care, in labour and delivery, as well as in pediatrics.
– Faith-based gatherings are reduced to 15 per cent or 100 people, whichever is lower.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, click here.
For up-to-date information on the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, click here.

Public Notice – RM of St. Clements Municipal Office Closures

November 2, 2020 – At this challenging and unprecedented time, the RM of St. Clements Administrative Office and our Public Works Offices will be closed to the public, until further notice, as of Monday, November 2nd due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19.  We have made this decision as the safety of our residents, community and our employees continues to be our top priority.

To view the full notice, click here.

With the new restrictions in place and limited staff capacity in the office, we ask that if possible to contact our office by email at info@rmofstclements.com. If you contact the office by phone, please let the phone ring several times until you are prompted to leave a voicemail.

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

Changes at Offices, Facilities and Services

Municipal offices

The Administration Office and the Public Works Offices will now be closed to the public.

Council Meetings

  • Meetings will be held in the Council Chambers effective the June 9, 2020 meeting
  • The Council Chambers has been setup to maintain physical distancing
  • Council members may attend virtually
  • Due to size restraints of the Council Chambers public attendance at Council meetings will be provided virtually

Public Hearings

  • Public hearings will continue to be held virtually
  • Support, objections, or comments can be emailed any time prior to the hearing.  These items will be presented to the council and recorded in the minutes.  Please email your support, objections, or comments to info@rmofstclements.com.  The following information must be included in the email:
    • Full name
    • Civic address
    • Hearing Number i.e. Conditional Use Application No. 01/20 (located on the public hearing notice)
  • Individuals that would like to participate in the hearing via web conference may send their request to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at least 2 days prior to the meeting at info@rmofstclements.com.  The CAO will send the individuals a link/invitation to the web conference 24 hours prior to the meeting.

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

Many events at recreation centres and municipal programming are either cancelled or postponed, see below for further details regarding openings.

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.

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.

Water & Wastewater services – remains operational.

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

Important reminders:

  • 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.
  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that medical items such as gloves, masks, sanitizing wipes and facial tissues not be put in your recycling bins.  These items are considered contamination and when they end up in the blue bin, sorting staff have to manually remove them off the line.  For the health and safety of the collection and sorting staff and the community, please only include accepted items in your recycling.

As stated above masks, gloves, wipes, tissues, napkins, paper towels should not be put in your recycling bins and put into your garbage instead.  For those enrolled in Curbside Pickup, Emterra is asking that you place these items in a sealed garbage bag to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Other Helpful COVID-19 Links and Provincial Resources

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?

B2B Manitoba – This newly created app is a health and safety online marketplace to allow businesses and not-for-profits to contract health and safety services.  It helps connect Manitoba businesses with non-medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies needed to operate safely.

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

My Learning at Home – This new web portal created by the Province has supplemental home learning resources for parents and caregivers.

Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program (AbilitiCBT) – This new digital cognitive behavioural therapy program helps to support the mental health of Manitobans and help address anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Canada COVID Alert App – The Health Canada COVID Alert App helps us break the cycle of infection. The app can let people know of possible exposures before any symptoms appear.

Federal Program and Support Fund Information

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Service Canada offices located across Manitoba are available to provide assistance for the CERB program as well as other employment related programming.

For the CERB program information, click here here.

For Service Canada support and contact information, click here.

COVID-19 CRA Initiatives – Briefing document outlining federal government initiatives for business and individuals, thus far.  It has links to all resources.

Federal Programming for Businesses

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) includes the following programs:

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) provides much needed credit for small businesses to pay for immediate operating costs such as payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax, or debt service.  It is 100 per cent funded by the Government of Canada.

EDC Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises provides credit and cash flow term loans to small and medium-sized enterprises. Canadian businesses in all sectors that were otherwise financially viable and revenue generating prior to the COVID-19 outbreak are eligible to apply. It allows financial institutions to issue operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to existing clients, with 80 per cent guaranteed by EDC. This money is to be used for operational expenses, not for dividend payouts, shareholder loans, bonuses, stock buyback, option issuance, increases to executive compensation or repayment/refinancing of other debt.

BDC Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium Enterprises provides term loans for operational and liquidity needs of businesses, which could include interest payments on existing debt. Similar to the EDC program, this program is available to businesses that were financially viable and revenue-generating prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Loans would be interest-only for the first 12 months, with a 10-year repayment period.

United Way COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund – for more information on the activities they will fund click here or visit https://unitedwaywinnipeg.ca/ecsf/.

Regional Relief and Recovery Funding (RRRF) Program for COVID-19 pandemic assistance for small business.  For more details on eligibility, please click here.

If you are interested in applying for assistance please use this link  – https://northred.commongoalsapp.com/ApplyNow?appid=1  – and follow the application instructions.

Resources

It’s natural to have anxiety around the unknown and COVID-19 presents plenty of unknowns.  The constant information on the virus and its effects, along with social distancing can be overwhelming.  It is very important to take care of yourself and to take care of loved ones.  Some things you can do to support yourself include:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories including social media
  • Take care of your body which can include deep breathing, stretching and meditating.  Try to eat healthy, well balanced meals and get plenty of sleep
  • Incorporate physical activity whether that includes going for a walk or doing exercises with your family
  • Connect with family and friends via phone call or video messaging. Talking to someone you trust about your feelings can be not only helpful for you, but also helpful for them

Below we’ve put together a list of resources including support lines, recipe ideas and suggestions for physical activity.

Mental Health

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority – website with resources to support mental and physical health as well as a 24 hour crisis line.  For crisis line call 204-482-5419 or 1-866-427-8628

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba – provides support for Manitobans with anxiety disorders during this challenging time.  For support line call 204-925-0040

Canadian Mental Health Association of Manitoba – provides guidance on navigating and accessing mental health support and services.  For info call 204-775-6442 or email hub@cmhawpg.mb.ca
Klinic Community Health Crisis Support 

Food

Recipes from Government of Canada’s food guide

Easy recipes to make with children

Physical Activity

Province of Manitoba In Motion walking guide

Heart and Stroke Foundation get healthy and stay active  – website offers information on healthy kids, reducing stress, healthy eating and recipes

Winnipeg in Motion – guide for circuit training including exercise posters ranging from low intensity to high intensity

Active for Life – keeping kids active with lesson plans and hundreds of activities you can do with kids at home

ParticipACTION – resources encouraging physical activity as being a vital part of everyday life

Online Museum Tours – Manitoba

Manitoba 150 – exhibit which coincides with the 150th anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province this year.

Manitoba Museum – the Manitoba Museum recently launched ManitobaMuseum@Home, with online experiences.

Winnipeg Art Gallery – the Winnipeg Art Gallery recently launched WAG@Home which shares art-related content that people can admire from afar, such as My Daily Art, a new series that will share an artwork from the WAG collection every day.

Manitoba Agricultural Museum – the Austin-based museum has an online artifact collection.

Royal Aviation Musuem of Western Canada – one of the online highlights of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada are the 360-degree cockpit tours that allow the visitor to ‘sit’ in the cockpit or cargo hold of many of the museums aircraft from the comfort of home

Canadian Museum for Human Rights – a new guided virtual tour and a number of children’s activities and other content available at ‘Explore the Museum from Home’ along with another new feature called ‘Share your Story’.

Red River North Heritage – discover the rich heritage of one of the oldest settled areas in Manitoba.  Use this website to learn about the history, different historic sites, browse photos and more.