Mayor Margaret Quirk statement on reopening

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The following is a statement from Mayor Margaret Quirk on the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to reopening Georgina:

“Navigating the many changes that COVID-19 has brought has been challenging for all communities. I want to thank Georgina residents for continuing to adhere to and support the many closures and cancellations that have come with keeping our community safe. Your safety has always been and will continue to be our number one priority.

This week it was announced that York Region will move to Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan. This is good news as we look to get our many local businesses back on track and reignite Georgina as a thriving community. But as we look to open more public amenities, we will be moving forward cautiously, and deliberately to ensure we are making the right decisions, that are right for us. What may work in one community does not mean it will work for another and there are a number of variables to consider.

While June 19 has been determined when the next round of amenities can reopen, the Town will continue its work of making the necessary preparations adhering to new safety and health procedures and protocols ensuring we can do so safely. As we ‘ramp up’ operations, we look forward to announcing official start dates of specific amenities later this week.

As our work continues, we also remind you of your role. We can only open amenities if you continue to follow and adhere to the advice of public health officials. This includes maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands often, and staying home if you do not feel well. If physical distancing is not able to be maintained – wear a mask. If you have created a social circle, you know the rules. Be true to that circle. And a reminder that social gatherings can be any 10 people from outside your household, but physical distancing of at least two metres should be maintained. We are still in a pandemic and this virus knows no boundaries. While some restrictions are being lifted – we need to act accordingly to ensure our numbers continue to trend positively.

If these measures are not followed, we will be forced into a position where we will need to consider closing what has been opened. Let’s step forward, not back.

We continue to monitor the situation closely, adjusting the Town’s response accordingly. Thank you for your continued support. These have been challenging times for us all and as we plan for what will be our ‘new normal’ your safety remains at the forefront.”

Continue to check the Town’s dedicated webpage, georgina.ca/COVID-19, for the latest information and updates on the Town’s response to the pandemic.

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