Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday July 10, 2020

With the full heat of summer upon us, we’ve now been living with the effects of COVID-19 in our community for 4 months. We’ve been through the initial shutdown, the virus peak, and the gradual steps towards recovery. We’ve had a very low number of cases of the virus locally, and that’s because your determination to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and to stay home as much as possible was effective to keep our families, friends, and neighbours safe. As the hot weather tempts us to the beach and cool Georgian Bay, to the patios and reopening businesses and services, we need to continue to be mindful, to listen to health experts, and to do what we need to do to protect ourselves, our families, and our community. 

This week Dr. Arra, the medical officer of health for Grey Bruce, announced that soon masks will be required in all indoor public settings. Wearing a mask is not something you do to protect yourself – it helps prevent others from coming into contact with your respiratory droplets when you talk, cough, or sneeze. If you are sick but not having any symptoms, a mask prevents you from spreading possible germs to others. This caring and consideration is what our community - and our country - are known for, and I know that we will continue in this way to show the civic pride in our community, and that we care deeply about our fellow man.

After 4 long months of restrictions it can be easy to slip up on the protocols, to lower our guard, and try to get back to life as we knew it before Covid. For some, these months of uncertainty have challenged our stress levels, our patience and our mental health. I urge us all to remember why we’re doing this – to protect our loved ones and everyone we come in contact with from an invisible threat. Visitors coming to our neighbourhood notice the welcoming and friendly feel, and it’s this caring and consideration for others that will continue to keep our community healthy. Wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, and keep gatherings to groups of 10 – you know the drill! Let’s raise the bar on being patient, being kind, and being civil and respectful of each other and public property – in other words, let’s continue to wave that white & red Maple Leaf flag that shouts "this is who we are:  we’re Canadian”. 

Have a great week, everyone, and please stay safe.

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

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