Here is a message from Mayor Barb Clumpus:
Happy First Responders’ Day everyone! Another month of this unprecedented situation has come and gone, and the April showers that promised warmer weather and welcome Spring flowers have delivered.
There’s been a lot of talk about recovery this past week, even though we know the current restrictions will last a while longer. The Ontario Government released their framework to reopen the province, and the Prime Minister has been working on shared principles for the country to gradually and carefully restart the economy. The Municipality of Meaford is also working on a recovery plan to ensure that getting back to the business of meeting community needs and addressing our economic reality happens safely and responsibly. We aren’t out of the woods yet though – cabin fever is setting in, traditional spring chores are delayed or banned, and we know how hard it is to keep up with the protocols to stop community spread of the virus. We all miss the real hugs, the social traditions of family visits, birthday parties, and get togethers with friends, but we know, too, that what we have all been doing over the past 6 weeks is working.
For now, the best thing we can do is to continue to be diligent about social distancing, hand washing, and staying home except for essential outings. We’ve put in so much work over the past few weeks, we need to keep that momentum going to contain the spread of this virus. It is so important to continue to take care of ourselves, our families, and our communities by staying the course; by following all of the measures that have become altogether too familiar. This will carry us through to recovery.
You can also help by supporting the many local businesses that continue to offer their services. Many have worked quickly to modify their operations so they can keep their customers and their staff safe, while continuing to offer the kind of service that you just can’t find when shopping online. These business owners and their staff are our neighbours and our friends. They offer employment, they support local causes, and they volunteer in our community. Many have been hit very hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and they need your support now more than ever. Shopping locally will help keep our important businesses and our community vibrant.
Once again, thank you to all of you who continue to do the right thing for the common good of our whole Municipality. A difficult situation has been made much easier by the patience, the kindness, and caring that is part of our community year-round. It is a tangible thing that brings warmed hearts, smiles, and much needed comfort knowing that we are all in this together. And because of this we will emerge from this challenging time as a closer and more connected community.
Stay well and stay safe everyone.
– Mayor Barb Clumpus