Managing through COVID-19Published on September 17, 2020
The September MPP column in Community Voice
It has been seven months since COVID-19 changed our daily routines. Across Ontario, we are now reopening businesses, services and public spaces. We are adhering to physical distancing and staying in social circles to keep the virus from spreading. Together, our community is ably managing through COVID-19.
We must thank our dedicated community heroes – the medical personal and front line workers and volunteers who are helping us through. As Ontario moves toward recovery, we must thank the innovation and spirit of businesses and entrepreneurs who are working to grow our economy. Locally, we see innovation in action, with the Queensway-Carleton Hospital staff retrofitting Kanata hotel rooms for overflow hospital beds, and with the Dunrobin Distillery that converted its distillery process to make much needed hand sanitizers.
I wish to thank the many individuals and families who are now consciously buying locally in our community. Through everyday actions like buying made-in-Ontario products or safely shopping at local small businesses, we will get Ontario’s economy growing again.
The Ontario Government has many support programs and resources to assist with the recovery efforts and build Ontario’s economy back to a strong position. Information can be found on this website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario
Currently, many are experiencing their first weeks back to school. This was possible with the establishment of safety measures and protocols that were developed in consultation with medical experts, school boards, and educators. The top priority is to ensure students, teachers, and staff have what they need to stay safe when they return. The Ontario government provided $1.3 billion in critical supports and delivered more than 37 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely reopen classrooms across the Province.
Together, Ontarians have made tremendous progress in the ongoing fight against COVID-19 and it is in large measure to the personal responsibility shown by the people of the Province. The government’s priority is, and will continue to be, protecting people’s health and well-being while planning for recovery and growth. That is why it is essential that everyone continues to act responsibly and respectfully towards each other and to follow the advice of public health officials.
If you have not done so already, please download the COVID-19 Alert app on your smart phone. This app lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. The more people who have the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
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