Safe Easter Celebrations in Elgin County
On April 1, 2021 the Province of Ontario announced further province-wide measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. These measures will take the form of an “emergency brake” shutdown designed to interrupt transmission of COVID-19. As we head into the Easter break, we are once again called on to adjust our celebrations to ensure the health and safety of our families, friends and neighbours in Elgin County.
The province-wide Shutdown restrictions start at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday April 3, 2021 and are anticipated to continue in our region for four (4) weeks. These new measures are in response to the rapid rate of new COVID-19 cases across the province over the past several weeks. The province is now seeing on average over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, with the majority of new cases being variants of concern. The increased rate of hospitalizations as a result of this surge in cases is threatening the stability of our healthcare system.
“It has now been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared and it is understandable that everyone is feeling fatigued by the constant need to change direction in response to rapidly changing circumstances,” said Warden Tom Marks. “I can sympathize with the disappointment that many of you are feeling at having to alter plans to see friends and family this Easter weekend. Although it is difficult, making these adjustments is essential for the safety of our communities. Vaccines are being rolled out in our community and the weather is getting warmer each day. Hope is on the horizon if only we are able to stay strong a little bit longer.”
Holidays involve long-standing traditions and in order to combat feelings of isolation and sadness we encourage you to create new and exciting traditions that can safely be observed virtually or with members of your own household. If you are feeling alone or suspect someone you know may be experiencing feelings of isolation, please give them a call to check-in.
“Elgin County residents have shown a tremendous strength and solidarity with one another during these challenging times,” said Warden Tom Marks. “I am confident that this kindness and support will continue through these new challenges and I encourage those who are able, to continue to support our local businesses utilizing COVID-19 safe means.”
Each one of us has the ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 through strict adherence to public health and safety measures. Not only will these measures protect you but they will protect everyone in our communities.
Virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to visit or recognize occasions with people outside of your household. Elgin County residents are reminded to continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to be advocates for Public Health adherence in their own homes and communities:
- Physically distance (2m) from those outside your household and limit close contact to your household (the people you live with);
- Avoid in-person social gatherings and non-essential travel and;
- Wash hands frequently or use 70% alcohol hand sanitizer;
- Wear a face covering; and
- Stay home if you are unwell.
Stay informed on the COVID-19 situation in Elgin County by visiting the Southwestern Public Health Website.
“On behalf of Elgin County Council, we wish our entire community a safe and happy Easter weekend”, said Warden Tom Marks.
For more information, please contact:
Warden Tom Marks