20 Mar

Consider local options when possible during COVID-19 pandemic

Mayor Steve Ferguson is urging everyone to “support local” when possible while respecting the social distancing measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has forced all of us to make sacrifices, and our local businesses are particularly hard hit by these necessary precautions,” Mayor  Ferguson says. “These businesses form the backbone of the local economy, creating jobs for thousands and giving back to our community in countless ways. They need our support now more than ever.” 

All bars and restaurants are closed following the Ontario government’s declaration of emergency. Establishments can still provide takeout and food delivery. The declaration of emergency has also prohibited all organized public events of over 50 people. Essential service providers such as grocery stores, banks, pharmacies and gas stations remain open in the community. 

Here are a few ways to support local businesses during this unprecedented time: 

• Consider takeout food options
• When ordering products online, see if a local business has an online store
• Ask a business about the best way you can support them

As a result of the emergency declaration, Countylicious, the annual celebration of local culinary experiences, is cancelled. 

Maple in the County was cancelled last week, and large pancake breakfast gatherings and other social events will not go ahead. Local producers are still making maple syrup. They are considering hosting an event in the fall, which the municipality would offer support. 

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website: www.thecounty.ca/county-residents/covid-19.