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Mayor Steven Byvelds update on mandatory masks

“Yesterday, July 6, 2020, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit announced a new directive for mandatory masks within indoor public spaces beginning July 7. This announcement marks an important stage in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have seen the positive effects of implementing physical distancing measures, frequent hand washing and stay at home orders. Our region has been fortunate to experience low numbers compared to many of our neighbours both in Canada and around the world.

“But yesterday’s announcement reminds us that the fight is not over. The COVID-19 virus remains a serious danger to us all. And while it is important to be able to re-open our businesses and care for ourselves and families through local activities, we still need to be careful.

“Wearing a mask or face covering is an effective tool to reduce the spread of the virus when in public. While our own masks do not protect us from the virus, they protect those around us. And, if we all do our part to wear them, then we can protect one another and ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.

“I realize there may be some people who cannot wear a mask due to health complications, age and other factors. So, I encourage you to remember to be kind to one another as we navigate forward.

“If your situation permits, please put on the mask.

“You could be saving a life. My continued thanks to our front-line workers, local businesses and community members who are doing their part.

“Stay safe.”