Hawkesbury Mayor Paula Assaly has announced that a COVID-19 testing and assessment facility will eventually open at 750 Laurier Street in Hawkesbury. The facility will open on Monday, March 23 and will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Assaly has asked residents to take social distancing seriously and avoid excessive amounts of shopping in stores in order to respect everyone’s need for supplies.

Hawkesbury council held a special meeting Friday morning and approved a series of measures to give residents some financial relief during the COVID-19 emergency.

Penalty fees for property taxes are suspended until May 31, 2020.

Payments for user fees, water and sewer taxes, dog licences, and business licences are also suspended until May 31, 2020.