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North Hastings municipalities update their response to COVID-19

As the situation continues to evolve worldwide with the COVID-19 pandemic, the seven municipalities in North Hastings are ensuring how they are responding is kept up-to-date with what is being recommended.

Municipal offices and other facilities in all seven municipalities in North Hastings have been closed.

Bancroft council activated its Emergency Management Group earlier this week, but have announced they will be taking more measures over the next two weeks. “The health and wellness of our staff and residents along with our continuity of operations, remains our primary focus,” they say in a statement. “We will continue to provide the essential services required, albeit on a reduced level for the next two weeks.”

The due date of the first tax installment has also been pushed back for residents from March 18th to the 31st.

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Hastings Highlands is allowing for property tax to be paid by dropping off a cheque at the front door of the municipal office, mailing cheques to them, paying by phone, or online with your bank or on the municipality’s website. The first payment is due March 24th.

They have also asked municipal staff who are able to work from home to do so.

Faraday Township is also extending the date to file taxes. Clerk Dawn Switzer tells the newsroom there will be no penalties or interest owed when taxes are due to be filed at the end of April.

The Township of Limerick and both Tudor and Cashel and Carlow/Mayo Townships is asking its residents to use alternative means of payment and communication with them until further notice.

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