Statement from Mayor Bigger – Monday, March 23, 2020

23-Mar-2020

Friends,

As we start out and navigate another week ahead of us, I just want to reiterate what Prime Minister Trudeau said earlier today in his daily address and update to the nation.  It is imperative that we remain vigilant against the threat of spreading COVID-19. Social distancing is a must and not a request. Staying home, if you can, is also imperative.  Every opportunity we have to limit, reduce and even eliminate interactions with one another is a step closer to finally returning to normal.

Premier Ford has also just informed us all that Ontario will be entering a two-week period of shut down of all non-essential services in Ontario. The Premier has let us know there is more information to follow and please be assured the City of Greater Sudbury will be communicating how all of this will impact our residents and what his announcement will mean for how we continue operating safely on a day to day basis.

These measures are extreme, but with a purpose. We have many vulnerable people in our City, and the risk to their health of contracting this virus could be fatal.  As well, we have so many people bravely providing essential services to all of us, we owe it to the nurses, doctors, civil servants, police officers and those working in grocery stores to keep them healthy, as they are working day in and day out doing the same for us.

I have ageing parents and young grand children; I worry for them during this, but we keep in touch from a distance. Simple phone calls and video chats can make a huge difference. We are all concerned about the impact to the community, and we are all in this together.

But on that note, let’s take this time to bond with the ones we are sharing our homes with, learn with our kids as we try to fill in the gaps of their education and know that the simple inconvenience of staying home is making a substantial difference in reducing the path and spread of this virus.

We are all in this together, let’s stay strong, smart and listen to the experts and the officials who are guiding us through these extraordinary times and the weeks ahead.

Mayor Brian Bigger
City of Greater Sudbury

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Melissa Zanette
Office of the Mayor
City of Greater Sudbury
Phone: 705-674-4455 ext. 2521
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