Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday September 24, 2021

The brilliant colours in the trees have begun to pop; there’s the smell of apples in the air, and the harvest bounty welcomes visitors to local farm stores and the final days of local farmers’ markets. Fall has officially arrived. It is exciting to see the doors to Meaford Hall open again with an art show and modified programming being offered and invitations to join up for curling are welcome indeed after this long drought.

Thanks to your continued diligence to get vaccinated and to mind the health protocols we’ve been following for these long 19 months, we are solidly in the third stage of the Province’s road to recovery. There is a concerted effort to reach that magic number of 90 per cent of the population vaccinated because we know that most if not all of the hospitalized cases of the virus occur in unvaccinated people. So the Grey Bruce Health Unit is continuing to run drop-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics around the region, focused on students in grade 7 to 12 and is offering third doses to vulnerable populations including seniors.   

It is now a requirement for anyone visiting certain public settings to show their Proof of Vaccination receipt. This is an enforceable provincial law determined to encourage full vaccination compliance for the protection of everyone. You will need this receipt on your device or a paper copy to enter indoor and outdoor areas of restaurants, and bars; meeting and event spaces such as concert venues, theatres and cinemas; and establishments for sports, and recreational fitness activities, but please be kind to the owners and staff in these premises who are simply complying with the provincial protocol. This means that anyone visiting Meaford and St. Vincent Arena and Community Centre or Meaford Hall, will be asked to show identification and proof of being fully vaccinated to enter or meet one of a limited number of exemptions identified by the Province. We continue to encourage the use of all other protocols like wearing a mask in crowded places, keeping a physical distance, washing your hands and, of course, staying home if you are unwell. Visit the Province’s website at www.Covid-19.ontario.ca for more information on Proof of Vaccination, guidance for businesses and how to get your Proof of Vaccination.   

The Bognor Hall renovation is done and it looks great! A come and go - Reopening celebration will welcome the public this Sunday September 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We can accommodate 75 people at one time, and we ask that you bring proof of vaccination, wear a mask, and mind the safe distance protocol.  

The Federal Government of Canada has declared September 30th as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with our Indigenous communities. It is a Federal statutory holiday which will be celebrated in different ways in communities to acknowledge the children who attended residential schools; to understand the hardships they endured, and, sadly, to honour those who died there. This year it occurs on Orange Shirt Day which was created to encourage awareness about the impact the residential school system had on Indigenous communities. I encourage you to join me in wearing an orange shirt on September 30th and to take a moment to reflect on the significance of the day and how important reconciliation is. 

Enjoy this season, be well everyone, stay safe and be kind to one another. 

Mayor Barb Clumpus

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