Lockdown in Madawaska Valley

Madawaska Valley Township issued the following information for residents on Dec.23, detailing how the province-wide shutdown affects township services:


The Township Office will re-open on January 4, 2021.

Effective Thursday, December 24, 2020, at noon, until January 23, 2021, the following closures will be in effect:

  • The Township Office will be open by appointment only during regular hours for essential services such as payments, licenses, commissioning, building permits, and planning related matters from January 4, 2021, to January 23, 2021. All departments are open for business and will continue to provide essential services. Call 613.756.2747 to schedule an appointment, or visit www.madawaskavalley.ca for contact information by the department and protocols in place due to the province-wide shutdown. If you leave a message, remember to include your name, subject matter, civic address, and telephone number.
  • The Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre, the Combermere Community Centre, and the Barry’s Bay Railway Station will be closed to the public. All bookings and programming for this period of the lockdown have been cancelled.
  • The Madawaska Valley Public Library will be closed to the public. Logistics for curbside pick-up are being finalized and will be posted to the Library website at www.madawaskavalleylibrary.ca and through social media. For details, call the Library at 613.756.2000.


  • All programming from Dec.26 2020 at 12:01 a.m. to Jan.23 2021 is cancelled until further notice. All bookings will be re-scheduled.
  • The Drive Test Centre at the Paul J. Yakabuski Community Centre is cancelled for the month of January.


The Combermere Outdoor Rink and the Barry’s Bay Outdoor Rink will be opened dependent on the weather. Ice conditions will be posted at each rink, advising if closed or open; please adhere to postings. The Provincial COVID-19 lockdown permits outdoor rinks to remain open with a maximum of 25 people on the ice at one time. Users are responsible not to enter an area with more than the maximum number of people outlined above. Team sports, or other sports or games where people may come within two meters of each other, may not be practised or played within the amenity (hockey nets have been removed).


There is no anticipated impact to the curbside collection activities, and the schedules are expected to remain the same as previously advertised.

The Bark Lake landfill site, the Wilno and Combermere recycling depots will remain open with social distancing in place. You are encouraged to tag your bags before arrival at the sites to reduce Cash exchange. Tags/Vouchers can be purchased at the following locations throughout Madawaska Valley.

  • Barry’s Bay MacEwens (formerly Esso)
  • Barry’s Bay Shell
  • Barry’s Bay Ultramar
  • CO Country Market


There is no anticipated impact to these departments as it pertains to scheduling and providing essential services.


Facility closures will not impact the scheduled and upcoming meetings of MV Council as it will continue to meet virtually.


  • Stay at home if you have symptoms; use the Covid-19 Self-Assessment Screening Tool at  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/
  • Avoid close contact with others; stay at least 2 meters away.
  • Wash your hands regularly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Respect local business protocols, including reducing shopping trips, one member per family entering a store, and practise all Renfrew County District Health Unit guidelines as established.

Madawaska Valley(2020,Dec.23) Retrieved from: http://www.madawaskavalley.ca/covid19.php

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