Earlier this week, Dr. Charles Gardiner, the Medical Officer of Health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, asked area associations to help circulate their letter requesting that individuals postpone travelilng to seasonal residences - Gardiner Letter. The board of the Muskoka Ratepayers decided to wait until Premier Ford had his meeting with the Mayors of “cottage country” before we circulated Dr. Gardiner’s request so that we could provide more information.
Premier Ford has now met with the Mayors and has since released a statement reminding the citizens of Ontario that we must remain vigilant and although travelling to your seasonal residence is not prohibited, it is discouraged at this time - Premier Ford's Statement
With the warmer weather and the Victoria Day long weekend approaching, we at the Muskoka Ratepayers understand the desire to come to Muskoka. If you decide to travel from your primary residence, please follow the public health measures as outlined by Dr. Gardiner:
It is also important to remember that there is a TOTAL FIRE BAN in place which means that there is a BAN ON FIREWORKS in the Township of Muskoka Lakes.
Steve Paikin of TVO recently did an interview on the subject that included Mayor Harding. You can view his full 30 minute interview here - Steve Paikin Interview
We know that you will use your best judgment in this matter.
05/12/20 - An open letter from our Mayors and District Chair - End the US vs THEM
05/14/20 - Mayor Harding's Video update - Mayor's Update
05/14/20 - Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit urges people to stay at their primary residences , but if you come, here are some tips to limit your impact - Stay Away, But If ...
05/08/20 - A Message from Muskoka’s Mayors and the District Chair to all our Residents - The Message
05/15/20 - Township Provides Long Weekend Reminders - Reminders
05/15/20 - The Fire Ban has been Lifted - Fire Ban
Some Useful Links
The Township has created a web page specific to COVID-19 which can be found at - Township of Muskoka Lakes - COVID-19 Updates
The Township is also posting frequent notices and media releases on their website at - News Select "News and Notices" at the bottom left of that screen.
Link to information on property taxes - Property Tax
Link to Mayor Harding's video message - Mayor Harding - April 7
Link to the Muskoka Lakes Chamber's message - Chamber Message
Link to Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - Health Unit
Link to Algonquin Health Care - Algonquin
Link to the Government of Canada website - Canada
Link to the Government of Ontario site - Ontario