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Mayor Nancy Peckford Appeals to Premier Ford to Quickly Reopen Businesses given the Low Risk

February 3, 2021

NORTH GRENVILLE – On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Mayor Nancy Peckford sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford, appealing to his government to adopt a regionally-responsive approach to re-opening businesses.

“Our local business community has been hit extremely hard during this second shutdown - as is the case for so many non-essential businesses across the province," said Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“Given our community’s consistently low COVID numbers, now is the time for the province to allow businesses to open their doors again,” added Mayor Peckford. “They simply cannot wait any longer.”

“So many businesses in North Grenville and the United Counties have made considerable investments in new public health protocols to keep customers and clients safe,” Peckford emphasized.

This region is fortunate to have experienced very low and stable COVID case numbers in recent months. 

“Further, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Public Health Unit continues to do an excellent job with contact tracing. North Grenville and communities in surrounding areas are to be commended for carefully following public health protocols,” Peckford highlighted.

In the letter, Mayor Peckford appeals to the Premier:

Given the ongoing reality of low COVID numbers in our community, on behalf of all local businesses, I am formally requesting that the province recognize that, where COVID numbers remain low, a province wide shutdown of local non-essential businesses is no longer warranted after February 10th 2021.  I understand that province-wide business restrictions are scheduled to end on February 11th, and I am imploring you to ensure that, going forward, a regionally-responsive approach that recognizes where the risk is low.

“I have spoken with Minister Clark’s office and am confident that Minister Clark will advocate for a quick and safe re-opening for businesses here and other parts of Ontario where the risk is low,” emphasized Mayor Peckford.

Since the spring of 2020, the Municipality has led a robust COVID adaptation strategy for local businesses, in addition to launching a sustained shop local campaign, #LoveNG.

The full letter can be found HERE. 

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