Marathon Resident Information

The Town’s critical and essential services, including fire services, drinking water & wastewater treatment, snow clearing, and essential front counter customer services will continue. The Town will isolate critical Staff so to ensure the continuation of essential services.

Our phone lines will remain open from 8:00am- 4:30pm Monday-Friday 807-229-1340 and email info@marathon.ca and we encourage residents reach out if they have questions. A drop box outside of Town Hall is available to drop off documents.  Residents are encouraged to delay any non-essential business or to consider conducting business online or by phone, where possible.

Bag Tags are available at Circle K, SPG, and Canadian Tire and residential garbage pickup will continue as normal.

Town News Releases

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - Media Release

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - Media Release

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Media Release

Monday, May 4, 2020 - Media Release

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Media Release

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - Media Release

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Media Release

Monday, April 6, 2020 - Media Release

Friday, March 27, 2020 - Media Release

Monday, March 23rd, 2020 - Media Release

Thursday, March 19th, 2020 - Media Release

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 - Media Release

Sunday, March 15th, 2020 - Media Release

Monday, March 30th, 2020 - Media Release

Resources for Residents

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.

Self-assessment

Groceries

Sirards Your Independent Grocer offers online grocery shopping through their PC Express program. During this time the convenience fee has been waived. Visit their Facebook Page for more information on what they're doing to provide customers a safe experience.

PC Express Online Groceries

 

Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By-Law FAQ's

1. What is the Town’s By-law Enforcement doing to enforce physical distancing?

The Town’s By-law Enforcement Officers are assisting OPP to enforce the Province’s physical distancing orders and requirements by responding to complaints, educating residents and working with OPP where police intervention may be warranted. In addition, the Town’s By-law Enforcement Officer & Fire Chief will begin to enforce the physical distancing restrictions established by the Town under the Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By-law.

2. What are the Provincial COVID-19 Orders the Town will be enforcing?
 

The Province has issued a number of orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act which are in effect throughout the province to address the COVID-19 emergency, such as:

  • prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five (5) people, other than gatherings of members of a single household;
  • closing all non-essential businesses;
  • closing specific types of business, such as indoor recreational facilities, private schools, bars and restaurants (other than take-out facilities), theatres and concert venues;
  • prohibiting price gouging on necessary goods, such as masks and gloves, non- prescription medications, disinfectants and personal hygiene products; and
  • closing all outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds.
 3. What are the Town’s COVID-19 physical distancing regulations?
 

The Town has established the Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By-law, which sets out the following physical distancing restrictions:

  • prohibiting people from maintaining less than a 2.0 metre distance from one another while on any public property (other than people they live with);
  • prohibiting businesses to permit people to be seated or to be standing less than 2.0 metres apart whether inside or outside the business (other than people they live with);
  • prohibiting people from using any of the following Town property:
  • playgrounds and other structures in parks;
    • picnic areas;
    • outdoor sports facilities and outdoor fitness equipment, including sports fields, basketball and tennis courts;
    • recreation centres and surrounding lands; and
    • parking lots.

The Town may add further prohibitions as additional information is received and the need for additional regulation is identified.

 4. Why did the Town establish the Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By- law?

Thunder Bay District Health Unit is recommending that municipalities spread the message and reinforce the importance of physical distancing (i.e. the separation of people from each other) to help manage and fight the impact of COVID-19.

 

As a result, the Town has established the Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By- law in order to support and reinforce the Province’s physical distancing orders through municipal regulation that is consistent with and complements the intent of the physical distancing ordered by the Province and which is recommended by Public Health and health experts throughout the province.
5. What is the authority for the Town to establish the Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By-law?
On March 23, 2020 the Town declared an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act which permits municipalities to make orders considered necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Marathon. The Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By-law has been establish under section 4 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and in accordance with the powers granted to municipalities under the Municipal Act, 2001.
6. How do the Town’s physical distancing regulations fit with the Province’s physical distancing orders?

The Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By-law is designed and intended to support and reinforce the Province’s physical distancing orders and regulation. The regulations established by the Town under the By-law are consistent with and complement the intent of the physical distancing regulations ordered by the Province, as well as the recommendations of Thunder Bay Public Health and health experts throughout the province. Where the Provincial Orders establish a prohibition or regulation, the Province’s Orders will take precedence over any regulation established by the Town, and will be applied by the Town’s By-law Enforcement Officers.

7. What are the fines the public will be facing for violating the Provincial Orders and/or the Town’s Emergency By-law?
Charges may be laid for violations of the Province’s emergency orders in two ways. Police and municipal law enforcement officers may issue tickets which carry set fines of between $750 to $1000 dollars per charge. Alternatively, officers may instead lay a charge by way of a summons in which case the fine and penalties are potentially more severe, ranging from up to $100,000 for individuals, $500,000 for directors or officers of a corporation and up to $10,000,000 for a corporation that is found violating orders issued by the Province under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. In addition, offenders may be subject to up to one year imprisonment.

 

With respect to the Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By-law, the Town’s By-law Enforcement will be laying charges by way of a court summons, which carry fines that will be set by a Justice of the Peace ranging from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of

$100,000. In cases where a person is charged with violating more than one of the physical distancing requirements in the By-law a minimum of $500 may be applied for each offence with maximum fines that may exceed $100,000.

 

In addition, charges may be laid under both the provincial orders and the Town’s By-law at the same time. For example, where a group of friends are found socializing in a Town parking lot, the Town’s By-law Enforcement may issue a court summons charging each individual for violating the Provincial Order prohibiting congregations of more than 5 persons, together with a by-law charge for violating the prohibition against maintaining a distance of less than 2.0 metre distance and a charge for being found in a Town parking lot.
 8. Can we still walk through the Town’s parks?
 Residents are required to comply with the Provincial Orders and any signs that may be posted on Town parks, as well as the requirements of the Marathon COVID-19 Emergency By-law. So what does that mean? Residents may walk through Town parks unless there is signage at or in the park identifying the park or specific parts of the park as being closed, provided that residents:

 

  • do NOT use any of the Town’s outdoor recreational amenities, such as sports fields and playgrounds;
  • do NOT congregate in groups of more than 5 people (other than members of the same single household);
  • and maintain a distance of at least 2.0 metres from other people (other than people who reside together).
 9. Can I have a gathering in my backyard or on private property?
No, you may not have social gatherings of more than five people at your homes and you must maintain a physical distance of at least 2.0 metres from other people. You can gather in your backyard with your immediate family who live in the same household. We encourage you to practice safe physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 by not engaging in physical social gathering, and instead use other means of social engagement through telephone and online means.
 10. Is it okay to gather in a parking lot with my friends?
No, you may not gather in a parking lot with more than five friends and you must maintain a physical distance of at least 2.0 metres from other people. People should remain home and practice safe social engagement through telephone and online means.
11. Can businesses be charged for violating the Provinces Orders and the Town’s By-law?
Yes, businesses and business owners can be charged for violating COVID-19 emergency orders issued by the Province and the Town. For example, businesses violating the Provincial Orders requiring closure of non-essential businesses or prohibiting price gouging on essential goods may be charged and subject to fines of up to $10,000,000, and officers and directors of these businesses may be liable for fines of up to $500,000 personally.
12. Who do I call to report a possible violation of the Provincial Orders and/or the Town’s By-law?
Residents who wish to report a potential violation of the Provincial Orders or the Town’s COVID-19 Emergency By-law can call Town Hall between 8:00am – 4:00pm at 229-1340, after hours calls please leave a message. You can also report online via our website at https://forms.marathon.ca/Report-an-Issue .

 

Where necessary the Town will report to and work with our local enforcement partners, and Public Health to respond to information regarding potential violations received from the public.

 

In addition, with respect to complaints regarding unconscionable pricing or price gouging, residents may also contact the Consumer Protection Ontario Call Centre at 1-800-889-9768 (which operates between 8:30am and 5:00pm), or file complaints online at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consumer-protection-ontario.

Ongoing Precautions & Additional Information

The Ontario Governments list of essential businesses:

The best sources of information are health officials. Here are links to sites that may be helpful to you:   

All public health officials agree that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to follow typical flu precautions. These include the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

Information for Businesses

Superior North CFDC

Regional Development Agencies

Department of Finance Canada

Global Affairs Canada

Business Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Destination Canada 

 

Read MORE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THIS MORNING'S ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE PREMIER: ONTARIO ENACTS DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC 

https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-enacts-declaration-of-emergency-to-protect-the-public.html

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