Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson is reminding the public to work together and to stay strong, during the COVID-19 pandemic and Ontario’s State of Emergency.

In Wilson’s open message to the community, Wilson says government officials at all levels and all parties are working to protect residents from the virus, and residents’ frustrations from the situation will pass.

“Everywhere we turn, all we hear is talk of COVID-19, and for good reason. At some point, it can cause sensory overload. Critics are everywhere, adding to the confusion. But public disagreement is a healthy sign of a true democracy at work.

” “Right now, the virus itself, is mainly determining the direction and scope of the crisis, not just governments and health officials alone. One day, that will change. In the mean time, we still have a role to play.”

“I would remind residents to continue working together in the spirit of thoughtfulness, thankfulness and neighbourliness. I’m encouraged by thoughtful suggestions to reduce the spread of the virus by minimizing contact with simple objects like door handles.”

“I’m thankful to the Ontario Energy Board for extending the winter ban on electricity disconnections for non-payment for residential customers to July 31. Low volume small business customers are also protected by the ban.”

The City of Dryden has extended closures at all municipal facilities until further notice, but all emergency and essential services will continue to serve the community.

Social distancing measures include:

- Avoid non-essential gatherings and outings, and stay as home as much as possible,
- Practice appropriate physical/social distancing at least two metres apart,
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and for 15 to 20 seconds each time,
- Use hand sanitizer,
- Cough or sneeze into your arm.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, self-monitor and self-isolate. If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing severe symptoms, call 911 immediately.

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‘We are all in this together,’ Wilson on COVID-19