Friday marked 100 days since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. It has been a difficult few months, having the kids home from school, adjusting to working from home, and changing our routines to allow us to participate in virtual meetings and events. While challenging, we have made the most of these difficult circumstances and are seeing our efforts pay off.
On Friday, Burlington was able to enter the Province of Ontario's Phase 2 designation in their Framework for Reopening our Province. Stage 2 means that additional restrictions will be loosened while emphasizing public health advice, workplace health and safety guidance, and personal and collective responsibilities. More businesses and services are now allowed to open as well as community, recreational and outdoor spaces. While this is welcome news for everyone, I encourage you to continue to practice physical distancing and when not possible, ensure you are wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Government of Ontario is also encouraging all Ontarians to get tested for COVID-19 if they have at least one symptom, they are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you are at risk of exposure due to your employment. Should you be concerned, you can get tested at Joseph Brant Hospital's COVID-19 Assessment Centre. To ensure physical distancing, testing is done by appointment only. For further details, or for guidance on how to book your appointment, please consult the link found here.
As we begin to ease restrictions and take steps to restart the economy, the Government of Canada continues to work closely with provinces and territories to keep Canadian families and communities safe and healthy. Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario.
The app, originally development by the Government of Ontario, will help Canadians and public health officials identify and isolate the spread of the virus more quickly, which is an important step toward containing the virus and safely restarting the economy.
Use of the app will be voluntary and will be available for free download in the coming weeks. For further details, please consult the link found here.
Here in Burlington, the Burlington Food Bank and the Compassion Society requested donations for personal hygiene products. If you are able, I encourage you to donate what you can to one of these great organizations in our community who have been on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you, or anyone you know, be in need of assistance of obtaining food, please contact one of the organizations above or Halton Food for Life.
On Friday, Mayor Meed Ward and Burlington's City Council unveiled our community's first Pride crosswalk at the corner of Burlington Avenue and Lakeshore Road at Spencer Smith Park. I am thrilled that such a representation of inclusivity and Pride can be found in such a prominent place in our community. For further details on the crosswalk, including how the location was determined, please consult the link found here.
Today is Father's Day. This is a special time to get together with family and enjoy the warm weather - two things we have missed over the past few months. The loosened restrictions in Ontario will make it a little easier to celebrate this weekend.
As you start making plans, please be sure to follow public health guidelines as this is the best way to keep you, your dad, and the whole family safe.
To all the dads out there - Happy Father's Day!
Hon. Karina Gould
Member of Parliament
To read more, please consult the link found here.
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