Statement from Mayor Sendzik on Niagara moving into RED category of provincial COVID-19 response framework
Today the Ontario government is placing Niagara Region into the RED category of the provincial COVID-19 response framework. This means, that effective Monday, Dec.21, there will be a number of broader-scale measures and restrictions – across multiple sectors – to stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes changes to the City’s recreation programs and facilities. Please see www.stcatharines.ca/covid19 for information on City programs and services, and watch the page regularly for updates.
This second wave of COVID-19 is overwhelming our healthcare systems and has had a serious impact on our long-term care homes in Niagara. We are on the verge of losing the battle against COVID-19 in Niagara – and if we do not get everyone – every family and every business – focused on removing the opportunities for the virus to move about our city, more people will become sick, more people will die and more healthcare workers will suffer the stresses of a system-wide breakdown.
While the province is suggesting tighter restrictions may be announced next week, we need to continue to take a bundled approach to keep our community safe regardless of any future announcements. We must act quickly and aggressively to stop the spread of COVID-19. To achieve this we MUST do the following:
- Maintain physical distancing
- Wear a face covering
- Wash your hands frequently
- Stay home
The only way to flatten the curve is to reduce points of contact. This means – no private house parties, no hosting dinner parties, and do not have your children or teenagers attending large gatherings in anyone’s house. These measures will greatly reduce points of contact and help to drive down COVID-19.
As we head into the final week before Christmas, please limit any travel in the community. Support small local businesses in any way you can, but also try to limit your points of contact. Curbside pick up, gift cards and pre-ordering products is a great way to both support local businesses and limit your own exposure to COVID-19. Check out www.loveSTC.ca for some great ideas.
We are months away from a level of vaccinations that would be able to combat the spread of COVID-19. Now is not the time to let up and let other people do the heavy lifting of protecting our community. The greatest gift we can give each other right now is to stay home.