Statement from the Mayor - March 30, 2021

Mar 30, 2021

Friends and fellow residents,

Easter weekend is fast approaching and the weather feels more spring-like every day. It is a time of hope and renewal. Under normal circumstances, it is also a time when many of us would travel to see loved ones or host get-togethers in our home. Unfortunately, these are far from normal circumstances.

COVID-19 is still very much present in Greater Sudbury, and our numbers continue to be far too high. Tragically, this virus has claimed the lives of four more members of our community. To the families and friends of those individuals, please accept my deepest condolences. My thoughts are with you during your time of loss.

We have all been through a lot over the past year. The sacrifices we’ve had to make have been difficult. The good news is that the distribution of vaccines in our community continues to ramp up, and more vaccines are becoming available each week. The Prime Minister announced today that the delivery of the Pfizer vaccine to Canada is being accelerated.

But as our partners in Public Health have said, right now the majority of our community has not yet been vaccinated. So we must continue to be patient and vigilant.

I will say it again – this long weekend, please do your part. Stay home. Don’t travel to visit friends or family, and don’t invite them over to your home. Spend some quality time with the people you live with, and connect with other loved ones by phone or video.

I realize that restricting this weekend’s celebrations is a difficult choice. But it’s an important one. It’s one we all must make in order to stop the spread. With the help of the vaccine, we will see the other side of this pandemic. Until then, let’s keep our friends, families, neighbours and colleagues safe so that we can celebrate with them in person again soon – and for years to come.

Best wishes for continued good health,
Mayor Brian Bigger

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