Statement from Mayor Kathryn McGarry

Posted on Tuesday March 17, 2020

These are unprecedented times calling for unprecedented measures, and our goal is first and foremost to keep our community, our residents, and our employees healthy and safe and to reduce the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. As information is constantly changing, I will keep re-posting information from Public Health, the City and regional authorities on social media as I feel it very important to share accurate and timely information from the source.

I want to thank everyone in our community for doing their part to help prevent the spread of the virus, and remind people that we must continue to support each other. When shopping for supplies, please take only what you need to ensure everyone has access to products and offer your help to our vulnerable neighbours. If you are returning from vacation, please self-isolate for 14 days.

A lot has changed over the last week - and new information is emerging by the hour. As a city, we have had to work quickly to adjust plans and take action accordingly. As the situation has evolved, City staff have been taking significant steps and actions in coordination with our regional partners to ensure that our collective efforts are focused on measures to protect the public, protect our staff, and to mitigate the overall impact on the community.

Below are some of the actions we have taken at the City to help:

Closing all City Facilities

As a precaution during the evolving global pandemic, the city will be closing all municipal facilities to the public. This includes city hall and municipal offices, including all arenas, pools, community centres and public libraries which were closed earlier this week. These facilities will be closed up to and including April 5 – unless access is required to deliver a critical service.

All emergency services and all services deemed critical will continue. As we continue to monitor the evolving situation, services deemed critical will be subject to change. Residents are encouraged to visit our website at www.cambridge.ca/covid19. for the most up-to-date details about critical services and pandemic responses. For information related to health concerns, questions, or more information about COVID-19 please visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca

Regular Schedule of City Council Postponed

In an effort to allow the public to fully participate in our local decision making process we have suspended the regular schedule of Council, Standing Committee and Citizen Advisory Committee meetings until further notice. This includes sub-committee, planning, briefing or other meetings associated with regularly scheduled meetings.

Ward 7 By-Election

Given the province’s declaration of an emergency, our City Clerk has made the decision to postpone the by-election in accordance with the Clerk’s power to declare an emergency pursuant to the Municipal Election Act, Section 53.

Staying Safe

During this time please continue practising social distancing and use the following prevention measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid handshaking and touching.
  • Avoid unnecessary face to face meetings and close physical contact, use virtual meetings, teleconferencing, etc.
  • Keep 2 meters or 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and do what your mothers told you - wash your hands!

We will get through this together.

Kathryn McGarry
Mayor of Cambridge