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COVID-19 Update: July 8, 2020. A message from the Mayor

July 8, 2020. A message from the Mayor

Please see below for the latest COVID-19 update and a message from Mayor Letham:

"Good afternoon,

Today is July 8. Yesterday, our local health unit for Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland released a new order that will make masks mandatory within our district. This order is being delivered under the Emergency Management and Civil protection act and is being put in place as a proactive measure to keep safety a top priority for the community.

As of Monday July 13, everyone will be required wear a mask, or face covering, when entering indoor commercial spaces open to the public such as local businesses, take out restaurants and gas stations. Wearing a mask has always been about protecting others. This is a precautionary step and not a reaction to an immediate threat or concern for our area. Our numbers continue to decrease and to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe, we will follow the health unit’s guidance.

This will be another new challenge for our local businesses that they will have to adapt to and overcome to survive. I ask for everyone’s patience, respect and support as we all navigate through this together. Please do your part by educating yourself on the importance of wearing a mask indoors and staying safe.

Also effective tonight at midnight, a municipal-wide burn ban will come into effect. This is another proactive measure to help keep our community safe. Extreme heat temperatures combined with dry vegetation can be the perfect combination to start a fire.

The ban will be in effect until further notice and includes a complete ban on fireworks, campfires, bonfires, and burn barrels. Please dispose of your cigarette butts responsibly and not on the side of the road. There is a lot going on right now so your continued cooperation is appreciated.

Thank you."

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