Given the ongoing situation, I have made the decision to cancel the following events to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 in our community:
- Spring Shamrock Skate – March 3, 2020 (Judy to Call City to confirm any additional information)
- Coldwater Passport Clinic – March 18, 2020
- Ramara Passport Clinic – April 8, 2020
- Feast for Learning – April 17, 2020
My offices will remain open; however, in keeping with the recommendations of social distancing, I encourage you to call or email my office instead of visiting in person. If you are presenting with any cold or flu-like symptoms, or have travelled recently it is advised that you stay home.
If you are in need of obtaining a new passport, or to renew your expired or about-to-expire passport and were planning on attending one of my passport clinics, I would ask that you visit one of my constituency offices, which will remain open to accept passport applications and renewals between Monday and Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm. As we do not have a photographer on hand, you will need to have your passport photos taken prior to attending the office.
I encourage all residents to read and follow the guidelines provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit on how to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. DO NOT use surface disinfectant wipes to clean your hands.
- Reduce the spread by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face, specifically your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Stay up to date on Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories.
- Do not visit people in hospitals or long-term care facilities if you are sick.
- Keep surfaces cleaned and disinfected.
- Maintain social distancing; at least 2 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
For more information on the novel coronavirus and safety measures you should take, please review the following links prepared by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the World Health Organization (WHO):
Please be aware that the Government of Canada is advising against all non-essential travel outside of Canada. There are also travel advisories for the following regions: China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Italy, Singapore and South Korea.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is also recommending Canadians avoid “all cruise ship travel” due to the risk of contracting COVID-19. This is a fluid situation.
To learn more you can call 1-833-784-4397, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://www.canada.ca/…/…/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html….
I hope you find this information helpful. – Bruce