Tecumseh Plans ‘Circuit-Breaker’ Closure In Response To Omicron Variant

Monday December 27th, 2021

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The Town of Tecumseh is implementing safety measures in response to the Omicron variant in an effort to limit exposure, curb the spread of COVID-19 and prioritize the health and safety of staff and the community they serve.

The town says that after considerable discussion and as part of its COVID-19 Safety Plan and business continuity planning process, the Town plans to implement a “circuit-breaker” closure of most Town facilities for up to two weeks, as of January 2nd, 2022. This will follow the normal service and facility closures and reductions over the holidays from December 24th to January 1st.

“The case counts of COVID-19 have risen exponentially due to the Omicron variant, exceeding all projections, with case rates in Windsor-Essex, and Tecumseh in particular, extremely high,” said Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara. “We will monitor the trends over the holidays and may adjust the closure of some facilities, however, we wanted to be prepared if the current trend continues past the holidays. I appreciate this change in operations may be inconvenient, but I believe it is essential to help slow the spread of COVID-19.”

During this time in January, most Town offices and facilities will be closed to the public though services will continue to be offered remotely,and staff will be working. Essential public services like winter control, garbage collection, water and wastewater services will continue.

The closure will affect Town Hall, halls and clubs and satellite Town facilities associated with public works, parks and fire stations. The Tecumseh Arena will remain open with additional safety measures including limits on spectators, reduced time in dressing rooms and measures to move teams in and out of the arena quickly before and after games.

Council and committee meetings will continue to be held virtually, including the regular meeting of Council on January 11th, 2022.

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