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Taking Action to Minimize the Spread of COVID-19 in Burlington

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*Please see below a joint media release from Burlington MPP Jane McKenna and Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

BURLINGTON (October 15, 2020) — Recent weeks have seen new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in many parts of Ontario, including here in Burlington.

On Oct. 9, the Ontario government implemented targeted public health measures in known hot spots including Peel, Toronto and Ottawa to help mitigate the spread of this highly contagious virus.

To help further minimize the spread in Burlington, we are respectfully asking our valued friends in neighbouring hot spot communities to voluntarily refrain from in-person visits to businesses outside their local area. We encourage those in our local community to continue supporting the many local businesses, as they have done throughout the pandemic.

When people travel outside of these hot spots, it defeats the purpose of the restriction, and minimizes our ability to contain the virus. Limiting discretionary travel is essential to preventing additional cases, and potentially avoiding further restrictions that will negatively impact the economic and physical health of more Ontarians.

“We appreciate the businesses who have voluntarily taken steps to communicate to their customers and ask for their cooperation and understanding by not travelling from hot spots to use non-hot spot facilities for the time being.” — Carla Nell, President and CEO of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce

“By working together to take proactive and strategic steps we can do our part to help slow the spread while protecting people’s lives and livelihoods. None of us want to see additional restrictions, that’s why we’re asking people in identified hot spots to avoid non-essential travel outside their area.” — Jane McKenna, Burlington MPP

MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:

We support the additional and targeted steps that have been taken by the Province to address sources of contagion in a more precise manner without unnecessarily impacting other activities and businesses. We are asking people to use common sense and good judgement, leverage digital and take-out options and hoping to see our neighbouring communities benefit quickly from these measures, so they may continue to move forward in good health.

PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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Media Specialist: John Bkila
john.bkila@burlington.ca
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