Reeve of Tudor and Cashel Township Libby Clarke says it gives them more options to protect the health and safety of residents.

“Having conferred with my fellow Councillors and our senior leadership team, it is my opinion that it is necessary for me as the Reeve, to make this declaration at this time,” Clarke said in a statement. “With evidence of community spread of COVID-19, it has been determined an emergency exists that places our residents at risk. It is imperative to address this serious public health threat. It is essential that we do our part to control the spread of COVID-19. This declaration is in support of the declaration made by the Province of Ontario on March 17th, 2020 and the County of Hastings on March 26, 2020.”

Wollaston Township declared a state of emergency on March 27th while the Township of Carlow/Mayo did the same on March 30th. Bancroft activated it’s Emergency Management Group on March 16th.

The Township’s Emergency Operations Control Group met on Thursday and says they support the decision. The group says they will continue working with the Reeve and council to take proactive measures to help flatten the curve.

The declaration of a state of emergency is effective immediately.