The County of St. Paul has announced late this afternoon that it will be closing a number of its facilities to the public, for the time being.
County of St. Paul council passed several motions on March 16 regarding the closure to the public for access to the Administration Office, public works, Ashmont and Mallaig fire halls and the Ashmont and Mallaig community libraries, according to a media release from the municipality.
"These closures are to reduce the spread of COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus. Effective immediately, non-essential visitors to the County Administration Office will be restricted. Those individuals requiring access to the building will need to go to one of the back doors and ring the doorbell for entrance," reads the release.
Residents wishing to make payments can do so through the drop box located at the front entrance of the administration office. County administration, however, encourages the public to use online payments if possible. Please see the County’s website for more information.
Individuals wanting to drop off or pick up their income tax forms under the Community Volunteer Income Tax can do so at the back entrance of the administration building. Individuals who qualify for the program and want their income tax prepared under the program need to sign an Income Tax Authorization Form. This form can be mailed to individuals by contacting the county's FCSS office at 780-645-1950.
The public works shop will also be closed to the public.
"While many of our staff will be working from home to reduce potential spread of COVID-19 within our facilities, we will continue to answer phone calls and emails.The public can expect that most issues will be dealt with over the phone or through email rather than in person," reads the release.