Please use the Tecumseh BIA Business Directory to contact any business by phone, website or Face Book to inquire about their current hours of operation and levels of service during the COVID pandemic.
If you have an urgent issue, (Tecumseh Dollar reimbursements, etc.) please contact Paula and/or the following BIA Board Members:
Candice Dennis, Chair – 519.995.9055
Michael Kennedy, Vice Chair – 519.563.8874
Paul Bistany, Treasurer – 519.566.3716
Paula Rorai, BIA Coordinator
On behalf of the Tecumseh BIA Board of Management and staff, we extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all medical personnel, drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, first responders, police, PSWs and all other essential businesses/services; please stay safe, healthy and strong.
Town of Tecumseh COVID-19 Updates
Stage 2 Reopening Tecumseh Facilities
Tecumseh Town Hall Set to Reopen for Some Public Services
On July 20, the Town of Tecumseh will begin a gradual and phased in approach to re-open Town Hall for in-person and appointment services. The building was closed to the public in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Renovation on Town Hall has continued with restrictions on entrances and available space. Since the closure, customer service has been provided via on-line, phone and drop-box, as well as regular mail and courier. These services will continue and citizens are encouraged to use these options wherever possible as an alternative to attending Town Hall. For full details on what services are available, visit: http://www.tecumseh.ca/covid19.
“We know the closure of Town Hall has changed how we have done customer service,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “With Stage 2 of Provincial reopening, Administration has been working to put in place safety protocols, protective equipment and physical barriers at customer service stations to permit reopening Town Hall to the public. We ask for the public’s continued patience as we slowly re-open and complete the renovation. On-line, phone and drop-box services are still available and have been working very well over the last four months. These will continue to be offered as an alternative to coming into Town Hall.”
“As we plan to reopen to the public, we have introduced measures to keep the public and our staff safe,” said Margaret Misek-Evans, Chief Administrative Officer. “We look forward to providing in-person public services once again. While these visits might look different than they did before, our staff are committed to serving citizens and taking care of their needs. Feel free to continue to use the on-line and remote service delivery options as these are available, encouraged and expanded for user convenience.”
Beginning July 20, 2020, public, drop-in traffic will be between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. only via the entrance off McNorton Drive. A maximum 10 people will be permitted inside the customer service area and a security guard will conduct a health screening and ensure visitors are wearing a mask. Entrance to the building is permitted for those making a payment, requesting Building/Planning information or have an appointment. Payments made by cheque via the drop-box or through a banking institution are encouraged to reduce contact.
Services available for drop-in include:
* Cash/Debit Payments:
* Bulk Water
* Building Permits
* Planning Applications
* Property Taxes
* Dog Tags
* Alarm Registrations
* Parking Tickets
* Backwater Valve & Foundation Drain Subsidies
* Building Permits
* Planning Applications
* Driveway/Curb Cut; Culverts; Sanitary/Storm; Water Services and Water Meters
Services available by appointment only:
* Marriage Licenses
* Lottery Applications and Reporting
* Commissioning of documents
* Burial Permits and Registrations
* Taxi Cab Drivers’ Licenses
* Urban Hen Applications
* Cat Spay/Neuter Vouchers
Visitors must call ahead to make an appointment between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Scheduling of appointments will be accommodated based on availability of meeting rooms, during the Town Hall renovation. The last appointment will be 4 p.m. due to length of time for service.
Entrance outside of an appointment time will be on a first come/first served basis. Anyone entering Town Hall for any service must wear a mask or face covering, hand sanitize on entry and report to Security for screening. Renovation on Town Hall continues with workers inside the building in designated areas. As part of the physical distancing measures and renovation work, some appointment-based visits may be delayed and timed when space permits. The Town is able to accommodate virtual appointments for meetings with staff, provided signatures or payments are not required. Please contact the department to set this up.
The Tecumseh Arena and Recreation Complex is providing some in-person services beginning July 20 with additional security measures in place, however visitors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment. Please call 519-735-4756 Ext. 425 to make a facility reservation, register for tennis court or pickleball court keys, make a funding request, inquire about a commemorative program and schedule an appointment to pick up a key or make a payment. Similar security measures and screening practices apply at the Arena.
The foregoing arrangements are expected to continue into the fall.
Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca. Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).
On Wednesday, June 24, the Province of Ontario outlined Stage 2 Reopening for Windsor-Essex County businesses and recreational facilities that would be permitted to open within Ontario regulations and public health guidelines. As a result, the Parks and Recreation Department is mobilizing to ensure facilities are safe and ready to open as soon as possible by reviewing restrictions on use and meeting with sports associations related to these facilities.
“We learned this week that additional facilities are permitted to open, subject to safety considerations. We understand everyone is eager to return to recreational activities that have been closed however residents must understand the time it takes to ensure our facilities meet public health guidelines and that local sport organizations are prepared.” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Tecumseh is committed to, and hopeful of, continuing to expand services entering Phase 2. We continue to encourage residents to be vigilant in following public health protocols to reduce the spread of the illness.”
The following outdoor recreational facilities will be open for use starting on Monday, July 6:
Permit-Based Sports Fields – Soccer and Baseball
Picnic Areas / Park Shelters
Permit-Based Community Rooms
Select outdoor washroom facilities
The Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department is working closely with local sport organization partners to ensure there are plans in place to meet the Public Health guidance and their sport governing body’s requirements, before any facilities are permitted to open for use. Return to play guidelines include, but are not limited to, skill development only (no game play) and limit of 10 participants including coaches / trainers.
Signage will be posted at each facility indicating COVID-19 safe play recommendations. Individuals using these facilities are reminded to keep their distance from others at the facility by leaving 2 metres of space at all times.
“We ask the community and our local sport organizations to be patient as we take measures to prepare facilities for re-opening in a manner that ensures public safety,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Our priority remains the health and safety of our community and staff. The Ontario Government has indicated in their framework that while restrictions may be relaxed, businesses and facilities should only reopen when it is safe to do so.”
The following recreational facilities that previously opened on May 22, 2020 under Phase 1, continue to remain open under the existing posted guidelines:
Lakewood Park Disc Golf
Tecumseh Skate Park
Tecumseh Dog Park
The following recreational facilities remain closed:
Playgrounds and Play Structures
Outdoor Exercise Equipment
Tecumseh Leisure Pool
Splash Pads *
Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena
* The Splash Pad at St. Mary’s Park will open to be public, under re-opening restrictions, upon completion of facility opening maintenance and inspection procedures. The new Splash Pad currently under construction at McAuliffe Park will open upon construction completion and inspection approvals.
More information will be posted once timing of the reopening of further facilities and resumption of activities and services is allowed. The Provincial Emergency Order remains in effect at this time, which means that public gatherings are still limited to 10 people. Further, physical distancing rules remain in effect. All reopenings are contingent on health indicators continuing to show progress.
Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca. Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh). All updates will be posted on our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service at https://subscribe.tecumseh.ca/subscribe.
Listed below are links to various resources of information, loans, grants, etc. to help small and non-profit businesses reopen and follow current COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.
Ontario Nonprofit Network – theonn.ca
Ontario – Prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace – ontario.ca/page/resources-prevent-covid-19-workplace
Ontario – Ministry of Labour – What’s New – Newsletter – https://mailchi.mp/a8f356605f91/whats-new-june-2020?e=732a377682
Support for Small Business Tenants and Landlords Now Available
Ontario commercial landlords can apply for urgent rent assistance through Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses –https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2020/05/support-for-small-business-tenants-and-landlords-now-available.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p
Business Resource Centre Essex – ec-businessresourcecentre.ca
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – Current statistics, restrictions, guidelines, information and resources – wechu.org
Safe Return To Business Toolkit for the Windsor-Essex Business Community – COVID-19-Toolkit-for-Small-Businesses-to-Safely-Reopen.pdf
Digital Main Street – A free digital “how to” guide to help you grow your business. With Ontario’s economy reopening, the federal and provincial governments have joined together to help small businesses go digital — both to recover and generate revenue through a pan-Ontario collaborative project. – digitalmainstreet.ca
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) targeting support to retail, hospitality, and service businesses in Southwestern Ontario. The funds will be used to create digital service teams to help small businesses establish their online presence, implement e-commerce tools, and develop digital transformation and digital marketing plans – http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/home
Facebook for Business – facebook.com/business/resource
Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island – visitwindsoressex.com
Lacasse Printing – Supplies, signage, graphic artwork and specialty materials (antimicrobial film, clean & disinfect, wrap common surfaces, medical labels) for businesses to help reopen and implement safe protocols and guidelines – lacasseprinting.com
Festival Tent – Supplies for businesses as they begin to reopen; dividers and distancing cubes to give you and your team confidence to implement safety protocols – festivaltent.com/event-supplies/