People everywhere are concerned for their family’s health and safety at this time.
Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt continues to connect with his local residents.
“I wanted to reach out to you all during this difficult time, to reiterate that we are in this
together and that we will get through this together,” Lovatt said. “What we are experiencing right now is
unprecedented and we appreciate your cooperation as we work through this fast-changing landscape.”
He reiterates the importance for us all follow the direction provided to us by medical professionals; practice
diligent handwashing for at least 20 seconds, sneeze or cough into your sleeve, avoid touching your
eyes, nose or mouth, increase cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces and avoid sharing
toothbrushes, utensils, water bottles and towels.
“Please practice social distancing,” Lovatt said. “I know that term is vague. One resident pointed out to me we
should be calling it physical distancing and she’s right, that is exactly what we are being asked
Here is what social distancing looks like: work from home where possible, maintain at least
six feet of space between you and others (outside of your immediate family), avoid non-essential
trips in the community, postpone social gatherings, keep your children away from social settings
and avoid visits to long-term care homes and other care settings.
Here are some examples of things you can do while social distancing – pick up the phone and check
in with vulnerable neighbours or family members. Write a letter and send it the old- fashioned way
through the mail. Get outside for walks and play, the weather is starting to warm up. Play a board
game, binge watch the Star Wars Saga or learn a new skill – there are great online learning tools
available through the WS Public Library, all you need is your library card and pin to access them
online at www.lynda.com.
“I want to take a moment to thank the businesses who have gone above and beyond to make sure the
most vulnerable in our community have what they need during this pandemic,” Lovatt said. “From the grocery stores,
markets and pharmacies who have added delivery options or altered hours to accommodate seniors and
other vulnerable shoppers, to the restaurants who have added take-out and delivery options – thank
you for your flexibility. Being able to pivot like this, certainly adds complexities to you and
your staff so we really appreciate all that you are doing to help flatten the curve.
The town will continue to keep the community advised of any developments. For the most up-to-date
information, visit www.townofws.ca/covid19 and www.york.ca/covid19.