HALTON The Halton Police Board is monitoring and proud of the performance of the people who serve our community as the Halton Regional Police Service. The outbreak of COVID-19 is presenting all of us with unique challenges and we want to reassure all communities in Halton Region that our officers and staff are well prepared. We continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation in collaboration with national and provincial health agencies, as well as local stakeholders, including hospitals and community agencies.
There are well-rehearsed plans in place to respond to events that could impact on services. We are currently taking all the necessary steps to maintain our critical functions. Provincial emergency measures have been activated that focus on ensuring community safety and well-being during this critical time. We are all focused on preserving the well-being of all residents. The directive from all levels of government that the Halton Police Board strongly encourage you to follow include:
- Stay Home, if you must go out for essential items, practice physical distancing; staying at least 1.85 metres (six feet) away from other people
- Avoiding gatherings of more than 50 (the safest number is one)
- Use technology to socialize and keep in touch with family and friends whenever possible, phone calls, email, or social media
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
We applaud the efforts, commitment, and sacrifices of our first responders and community health workers, and those listed as essential services who are working tirelessly to serve our community during this time of need. Their dedication to our safety and well-being is recognized and greatly appreciated - they continue to have our full support.
During unprecedented times like these, it is also important to recognize the critical work being done by many of our community partners. If you or someone you know requires the services of these organizations, please contact:
Distress Centre Halton provides telephone and online support to people in our community to better cope with a crisis, loneliness, and emotional stress. Having the support of a friendly person who cares about your feelings and what you’re going through can make all the difference.
Halton Hills 905-877-1211
Halton Women’s Place Staff will offer support, counselling, and information in complete confidentiality over the phone or at one of their shelters.
Halton Women’s Place South Shelter 905-332-1593
Crisis/Information/Support Line 905-332-7892
Halton Women’s Place North Shelter 905-878-8970
Crisis/Information/Support Line 905-878-8555
Food Programs If you are looking for assistance with food please check the Food for Life website for a list of community neighbourhood food programs still in operations during the COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.foodforlife.ca/neighbourhood-programs/
We urge you to abide by the guidance provided by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and our local and regional governments as it relates to COVID-19. For up-to-date information about what the emergency measures entail, please go to any of the following websites for reliable information:
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Halton Region Public Health www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
It is at times like this when we see the very best of community spirit and partnership. I’d like to thank all those, including our officers and staff for going above and beyond the call of duty.
Together, we will get through this.