Message from Mayor David Mayberry - Monday, May 19th, 2020
5/19/2020 12:32:39 PM
Our community is facing a real danger – if we don’t keep our wits about us. Last week the province began the slow process of trying to “reopen” after two months of imposed closures and isolation. This is good news as we all recognize the need to begin to reestablish a sense of normalcy. The danger is that the general public could misinterpret these careful and incremental forward steps as a sign that the pandemic is past, that we are now safe from the threat. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The potential for a reoccurrence from reopening is obvious (ie. France School re-openings) and so we all need to remain very cautious. We should not let our guard down yet. The small incremental steps taken by the province are in fact carefully planned. The provincial decisions for reopening of golf courses and marinas, the opening of provincial parks for day use with physical distancing restrictions, etc. are designed for a very gradual reconnection of communities. Let me be clear, no responsible authority is saying we are out of the woods!
The need to return to some semblance of normal is being carefully weighed against the need to protect public health. To this end, the Township of South-West Oxford is not opening our sports fields, recreational facilities, picnic areas yet, pending clear guidance from Southwestern Public Health as to the necessary steps we should take. Please be patient, we will proceed as soon as it is safe to do so. As we do “reopen”, it will be critically important that everyone does their part, including you, and me!
Please remain vigilant. Wash your hands, stay apart, care for those in need. Stay safe and take care!
Mayor David Mayberry