Important Message from Mayor McGarry

Posted on Wednesday April 08, 2020

We are entering into a time of celebration and togetherness for many people in Cambridge and I want to emphasize the importance of keeping safety top of mind. I strongly, strongly urge residents to celebrate in a responsible way, so the holidays do not lead to a spike in cases of COVID-19.  

I urge families who are celebrating Easter, Passover, Theravada, Vaisakhi or Ramadan this month to do so with people living in the same home.  To include friends and family from outside the household, please consider virtual ways to connect, like hosting your celebration online.

Connect with your faith leader to learn about alternate options for services through Skype or other online channels. Try to come up with creative ways to honour your family traditions and customs.  At the City, we will be posting safe activities for kids, including a window decorating contest.  Stay tuned to our social media channels for details.

I was delighted (and relieved) to learn that Premier Doug Ford officially deemed the Easter Bunny an essential service provider yesterday. Now, my understanding is that the Easter Bunny will try his very best but he might not be able to visit every single home or deliver quite as many treats to the children of Ontario as usual due to the ongoing pandemic.

As well, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the Easter Bunny is not allowed to deliver treats in parks, playgrounds or any outdoor recreational amenities due to social distancing restrictions.

Also, when shopping for groceries and supplies, be sure to make a list to keep things efficient.  Do not spend hours in a grocery store collecting ingredients for the perfect feast. This is not the year to do this - and keep in mind that only one person should go shopping. Consider donating to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank as there are many who are struggling.

I know how hard the COVID-19 situation has been on families and I very much hope you take time to relax, enjoy and celebrate. We have so much to be grateful for in our City.

Stay home and stay safe everyone.

Kathryn McGarry
Mayor of Cambridge