Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday July 17, 2020

Today is a big day for our community as the Province is allowing us to move to stage 3 of their reopening plan, loosening more restrictions on services, businesses, and social gatherings. Here in Grey Bruce this stage also comes with a direction from the Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arra, to wear masks in all indoor public settings and to be ever mindful of keeping social distance of 2 meters. While it may seem to some like two steps forward and one step back, when you look at how far we’ve come from the self-isolation we’ve practiced over the last few months to help get us through this pandemic, masks are a very small inconvenience but so very important to keep you and our community as safe as possible. Businesses must encourage shoppers to wear masks as of today, and to interact with others from a safe distance to stop airborne virus transmission. Show you care – Wear a mask.

I am pleased to announce that as part of stage 3, playground equipment is open for use once again in our parks, except for the ones at Fred Raper Park which is still closed, and unfortunately the favourite splash pad which cannot be cleaned and monitored effectively. While your family enjoys our parks and playgrounds, please continue to practice social distancing, and to wash hands before and after play. Stage 3 also allows us to reopen other municipal facilities to visitors or rentals, and as always we will be focused on doing this responsibly, ensuring that the health, safety and cleaning procedures required by Public Health are in place. We appreciate your patience as we work to continue to protect you, our staff, and our community. To stay up-to-date on what facilities and amenities are open now, visit meaford.ca/openandclosed.

Once again, on behalf of a grateful community, thank you to all of the frontline workers who have provided exceptional service in extraordinary times. From healthcare workers to grocery store staff, to farmers and small business owners, this situation has certainly demonstrated that no man is an island. We rely on one another in many different ways to get through the day, and our community has shown such overwhelming commitment to doing the right thing, to acting in solidarity against a threat we cannot see. Thank you for working together not just for yourselves, but for the good of our whole community.

Stay well everyone.

-      Mayor Barb Clumpus

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