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York Region Returns to Modified Stage 2

On October 16th, the Province announced that York Region would enter Modified Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions effective Monday, October 19th for a period of 28 days, at which time the restrictions will be reviewed. This decision was made in response to the increasing number of new cases of COVID-19 in York Region.

As a Member of York Region Council, I receive regular updates from Dr. Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health, and, I can assure you, that the decision to move York Region to Modified Stage 2 was not taken lightly. These decisions are made only after in-depth consultation, data review and discussions, and with the priority to protect the health and safety of our community.

Both prior to and following the move to this modified stage, I was contacted by many residents and heard differing opinions on this subject. I understand and acknowledge the concerns around the impact this move will have on our economy, especially to our restaurants and local businesses. My response is that this move does not mean we cannot continue to support these businesses who need us now more than ever. I encourage everyone to please shop local, call a small business or service, and support our local food industry by ordering take out when you can.

It goes without saying that these past several months have been very difficult. We can only try to be encouraged that these difficult decisions will safely lead us all out of this pandemic. Together we can make choices and decisions that will help shape what happens tomorrow. Please continue to follow the recommendations of our public health experts to help get us back on a path forward. As we continue to learn and experience these challenges together please remember be kind to and supportive of others.

For a full update on the Modified Stage 2 restrictions please, visit the What's Available in EG page. 

Mayor Virginia Hackson

Previous Messages from the Mayor: 

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