Bradford West Gwillimbury declares State of Emergency over COVID-19

Declaration recognizes long-term implications of COVID

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury is among those declaring a state of emergency over the impact of COVID-19.

Bradford joins municipalities like Barrie, Orillia, Oro Medonte, and Toronto in making this declaration, as it allows for the streamlining of the decision-making process on the municipal government level. It does not impact service delivery or infringe on any citizen’s rights.

Related: City of Barrie Declares State of Emergency to streamline response to COVID-19

The declaration does recognize the long-term challenges presented by COVID-19, and the need for an ongoing, comprehensive response. It is also hoped the declaration will drive home the need for every resident to make responsible choices, including the following, as recommended by the town and the local health unit:

  • Avoid gatherings
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times
  • Wash your hands for 15-20 seconds with soap and sanitize
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm
  • If you have any symptoms, self-isolate and contact a healthcare professional if symptoms persist
  • If you have travelled outside Canada recently, ensure you self-isolate for 14 days
  • If you have, or suspect you have COVID-19, contact healthcare authorities and please do all you can to self-isolate and avoid contact with people
  • The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury strongly reminds its residents that the risks of COVID-19 are very real and in our region. It is paramount that residents undertake all public health recommendations and the directions of health care facilities and assessment centres to not exceed the capacity of our local health-care system.