Town staff have been reviewing information from the province about the new state of emergency and stay-at-home order to ensure that we are in compliance, and to allow us to support residents and businesses.
While the full legal details are not out yet, the main message is clear – stay at home unless essential. What “essential” means is somewhat less clear, so I am calling on residents of BWG to not only use your best judgement, but to err on the side of caution. PLEASE, before you make the decision to leave your home or to be in proximity to someone outside your household, ask yourself if it is absolutely necessary for your current health and wellbeing. Most services are now available through virtual means or low-contact options such as curbside pick-up and delivery, so I encourage you to investigate those alternatives wherever possible.
In compliance with the order, our Town offices are closed to the public, with staff working from home except to perform essential services like road maintenance, water and wastewater services, and fire and emergency services. Staff are available to support you by phone or email – you’ll find contacts and more information here: www.townofbwg.com/service
I know that our small businesses are hurting, and I have heard from many of you about how frustrating it is that big box stores seem to be operating with little impact. Premier Ford promised that if these stores are not complying with restrictions, he would “come down on them like an 800 pound gorilla”, and we intend to hold him to that. If you have concerns about a retailer that is not obeying the rules, please call our by-law enforcement officers at 905-775-5366 ext. 1701.
If you require a COVID-19 test, the Central LHIN's drop-in clinic will continue every Tuesday this month from 10-2 at the Bob Fallis arena.
Please take care of yourselves and one another.