Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday July 03, 2020

As the province settles into phase 2 of recovery, with phase 3 in the works to follow, our world is looking and feeling a little more familiar. The options for how we spend our time and who we spend it with are slowly expanding, with the necessary precautions in place. As our world gets a little bigger once again, it’s important to remember to do what we need to do to protect ourselves and our community.  We know how easy it is to slip into “covid fatigue” but it’s equally important to be patient, to show perhaps extra kindness and caring, as our friends, neighbours, and businesses adjust.

The administrative office will be open on Monday, and this weekend will see the reopening of Memorial Park with Meaford Harbour to follow for a shortened summer season. Both of these beautiful waterfront attractions are favourites for locals and we welcome respectful visitors who pay attention to the safety guidelines and procedures we have implemented to keep our staff, patrons, and community safe. Physical distancing of 2 meters and group gatherings of less than 10 continue to be enforced, and as always wearing a mask is helpful, as is washing your hands frequently.

The same applies as you visit our local businesses. With patios popping up along Sykes street, online ordering for the Meaford Farmer’s Market, and curbside pickup or shopping by appointment at many locations, they are doing their best to serve you and to stay afloat during these difficult times. Many of Meaford’s businesses rely on tourists during the summer and fall, so this year they need the support of the local community even more to make it through. If we all stick together and follow the recommended safety practices, as we have been, we can rediscover our community without seeing a spike in virus spread.

I hope everyone had a happy Canada Day celebrating in your own special way in great weather, and the charm our municipality has to offer. I am so proud of the way our community has responded to this highly unusual situation we are in, and especially of the care and support shown to our frontline workers, to those who are doing their very best to protect us, to our vulnerable residents and neighbours.  This is a strong indication of the values and commitment that makes the Municipality of Meaford such a special place.   I know as our community moves forward, we will emerge even stronger and more resilient than ever. 

Stay safe everyone.

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

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