Message from the Mayor
Last week, the Provincial government held a special news conference on the current state of the COVID-19 virus and stressed the very significant impact that physical distancing and isolating behaviours have on stopping its spread. The message, that we are at a “critical” point in this journey, was clear. The announcements that followed about next steps reinforced all that we’ve been hearing about maintaining physical distance, staying home and avoiding outings unless absolutely necessary.
Among the announcements last week were stricter definitions of essential business and updates to physical distancing guidelines and enforcement options. For the municipality, one of the big impacts for residents is the closure of all recreational facilities – including all parks, playgrounds, sports fields & courts.
Over the past month we’ve all had to absorb a lot of new information. There truly is change at every level and on a scale we’ve not experienced before. We’re dealing with changes at work, with family and friends. Our regular activities and routines are anything but normal!
I also know many of you are, or have family members who work in health care settings, seniors’ facilities or as first responders, and are worried about the health and safety of your loved ones.
Having said all this, I hear every day how people in Middlesex Centre are taking steps to stop the spread of the virus. There continue to be amazing stories of how our community is coming together to help one another at this time – but we’re not there yet!
New cases of COVID-19 are “community” spread – and that means we have the power to stop the spread. Yes, the weather continues to get better outside and we want to get out there to do things and enjoy the sunshine but please, be part of the solution –
stay home to save lives.
Stay safe and be healthy,
Mayor Aina DeViet, Middlesex Centre