This headline and article were in the Globe and Mail on Friday. .
In Westport, we have worked together since March 2020. We committed to flattening the curve, we thanked local sewers in the early days for making and distributing masks, church bells rang to recognize the courage and commitment of front line workers, and we have been successful in keeping the safety blanket around the Village.
Just as Dr Tam’s article, just as the Province’s web site and just as Dr Paula Stewart, our Medical Officer of Health, report – we are in the fourth wave of COVID and we do not want another lockdown. Some of the restrictions have been relaxed by the provincial government in Stage 3 with the expectation that we continue to follow the basic rules. People are required to wear a mask Inside businesses and public places, with few exceptions. It is the law. But more, it is the simplest way everyone and anyone can be part of the solution to control the spread of the virus.
This week, I have received concerns about several people not being masked while inside businesses – employees and customers alike. I have no special authority as Mayor. The OPP or Board of Health could be called to investigate, but is that really what we want these public servants to spend their time doing?
I am asking everyone to do their part. The vaccine is not 100% effective against the Delta Variant. We have a vulnerable population. We need to continue to work as a team, the Westport team to control the spread. Please do your part. Wear a mask when inside businesses or public spaces and outside as required.
Thank you. If you have any questions or comments, please call me at 9195.