Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday September 25, 2020

The second wave of COVID has hit us, with new cases being seen in our community and the surrounding Grey/Bruce area. We expected this possibility as students returned to school and stage 3 of recovery settled in, so now we must respond in the way we know will reduce the spread of the virus. Wearing masks, frequent handwashing, and staying within our limited social bubbles is necessary to protect our most vulnerable folks, our residents and our staff.  

Last weekend, the Ontario government announced a drop in attendance limits for unmonitored gatherings from 50 to 10 indoors and 100 to 25 outdoors. We had just begun in-person Council meetings at Meaford Hall and those will continue as will supervised events where masks, contact tracing, and physical distancing protocols are in place. Our Municipal Law Enforcement Officers will also continue to patrol our parks and green spaces to seek compliance with the health unit’s protocols. The social life of backyard BBQ’s, family gatherings, dinners with friends, and wedding receptions have all taken a different format this summer, and we have learned to stay in touch with loved ones in creative ways.   I believe our community will continue to make these good choices, complying with the Ministry of Health recommendations for the health and safety of all.

On a happy note, the Meaford Public Library will be making the move to their new fully accessible location at 11 Sykes Street the week of October 19th, with a target of opening the doors to the public on Monday, October 26th. Congratulations to the Friends of the Library Fundraising Committee which has surpassed their goal and raised an incredible $780,000 from the community towards this project. Thank you so much to the volunteers and all the donors, large and small, who have generously supported our Library and its hardworking staff.

We are becoming accustomed to adapting to the changes around us, and through this learning, we become a stronger and more resilient community. Working together we will find creative ways to respond to the new challenges of this ever-changing pandemic landscape to protect the most vulnerable in our community, to keep our families, friends and frontline workers safe and healthy. 

Stay well, everyone.

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

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