Smiths Falls extends town hall closure

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Smiths Falls has extended the closure of town hall as a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the Omicron variant.

The town hall was expected to reopen on Tuesday, but the closure has now been extended until further notice, according to town officials. Residents and businesses are being encouraged to contact town officials by email or phone and to arrange payment or drop-offs in advance.

Town officials extended the closure last week, before Premier Doug Ford on Monday announced further provincewide restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of Omicron.

"Residents are encouraged to continue to use online payments when possible," said the release, adding that residents can register for e-Bill payments through the Town of Smiths Falls website. Online payments can be made by credit card, PayPal or through other online financial institutions.

A full directory of municipal staff and more information on e-Bill payments can be found at www.smithsfalls.ca.

Residents can purchase garbage tags at Your Independent Grocer in Smiths Falls.

The town will require Memorial Community Centre patrons to provide proof of vaccination through QR code, along with a separate piece of photo identification.

Individuals who have not yet received their proof of vaccination are able to download and then save the electronic version of the QR code to their electronic device or print a paper copy of it by going to the Ontario Vaccine Portal at ontario.ca/proofofvaccination.

(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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