[Huron County, Ontario] – Work and maintenance operated by County of Huron Public Works continues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response period. The County’s Public Works department is deemed an essential service as per Ontario’s mandated list of essential workplaces.
Members of the public will continue to see Public Works staff maintaining County roads, bridges, and culverts in a variety of ways, including road construction and sidewalk work. Cutting the grass, grading the shoulders, cutting trees, inspecting culverts, sweeping sand off the roadways and picking up roadside garbage are activities needed to keep primary transportation routes safe and clean. In addition, this ensures the County of Huron maintains sufficient operating levels when responding to other needs, such as slippery roads, drainage issues, potholes, and various hazards that occur on roadways on a regular basis.
Protocols for each activity are reviewed and altered to ensure that staff maintain physical distancing and proper hygiene practices. The County is following the advice of Health Care professionals for disinfection of equipment, tools, and in workspaces.
Practicing physical distancing (at least 2 metres) is one of the most effective tools in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. When seeing a Public Works employee in the community, kind gestures from the public, such as offering snacks or drinks, are appreciated under normal circumstances; however, at this time, the public are asked to respect physical distancing and to not approach staff under any circumstances. Instead, the public are invited to give a friendly wave or smile from a safe distance when seeing County staff working outdoors or on the roads.
For more information on how County of Huron Public Works services are being maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please view the Public Works Community Resource Guide on the County’s website. This document summarizes the adjustments made to Public Works regular operations and services in response to COVID-19.
Our spokesperson is: Jim Ginn, Warden. 519.524.8394 x 3224. firstname.lastname@example.org