Statement from the Mayor on Holiday Safety – December 17th, 2021

Dec 17, 2021

During the Fall months, you have heard me echo messages of safety coming from the Medical Officer of Health - now more than ever I must help echo this message ahead of the holidays. While our community has been battling a surge in COVID-19 cases, the emergence of the Omicron variant in Ontario has presented additional barriers to overcome.

With the holiday season kicking in full swing, we must be extra diligent and willing to make sacrifices in order to protect the health and well-being of our friends, family and neighbours. While I wish everyone time to rest and reflect over the holidays, please remember to limit your gatherings to those closest to you and minimize your outings wherever possible. 

As part of the response to the Omicron variant, the province has expanded eligibility for booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 18 and up starting Monday, December 20th. In addition, Public Health Sudbury and Districts have added more vaccination opportunities to take advantage of. 

Though we're asking everyone to celebrate with caution - if you do find yourself out and impaired in any way, please arrange for a safe ride home with someone close to you or call a cab. Police will be out every day and night with the RIDE Program to keep our streets safe.

We all have our sights set on 2022, but before we ring in the new year, we have some work ahead of us. We all have the tools to respond effectively, but we must show the willingness to act – and I am confident we will. 

Stay safe and Happy Holidays, Greater Sudbury.

Mayor Brian Bigger


Media Contact:
Hugh Kruzel
Office of the Mayor
City of Greater Sudbury
Phone: 705-674-4455 ext. 2521