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Kawartha Lakes lifts local State of Emergency in line with the Province

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COVID-19 updateKawartha Lakes – Today the City of Kawartha Lakes lifted the local State of Emergency that has been in place since March 24. This decision is in alignment with the Ontario government’s Provincial State of Emergency lapsing today.

Ontario has extended emergency orders currently in force until July 29. This will ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work.

The City of Kawartha Lakes, and our police services and by-law enforcement, will continue to support, educate and enforce Orders in place from the Province and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

Residents are asked to continue following all health precautions and Orders, including wearing a mask or face covering as prescribed by the Health Unit, maintaining physical distancing, practicing vigilant hand hygiene and staying home if you’re ill.

Mayor Letham offered the following statement:

“We’ve come a long way these last four months and things are looking up. However, even though we can lift the local State of Emergency, it doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. Lifting the State of Emergency means we can no longer issue local orders to respond to unique local health emergencies. Thankfully, no local orders have been necessary. We’re in Stage 3 of re-opening and many more activities, businesses and services are available. We’re shifting from emergency response mode toward recovery, but in doing so, we all must be vigilant.

Our Emergency Operations team will continue to meet and stay in close contact as we monitor the situation. The Economic Recovery and Community Recovery Task Forces are working to solve challenges from ensuring vulnerable residents have what they need to supporting small businesses and re-energizing the economy. We wouldn’t be where we are today if our community hadn’t rallied and stuck to the rules over the past months.

On behalf of Council and the entire municipality, I’d like to thank everyone in Kawartha Lakes for their cooperation and support. I know it hasn’t been easy, and our community continues faces new challenges. Let’s be encouraged with where we’re at today, and hopeful about tomorrow.”

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