While ‘tough and frustrating’, Mayor Lehman says second lockdown ‘had to be done’

'Stay home...stop the spread'

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman says while it is tough and frustrating, the second province-wide COVID lockdown is necessary with numbers trending in the wrong direction, “You know, the reality now is it’s a bit of a race between the vaccine production and distribution and the spread of the virus. And right now we’re losing that race. And the very real cost of that is vulnerable people’s lives.”

Still, he understands how hard it may be to stay optimistic and keep the lockdown in perspective, “I think this time what is quite different is we know that the end has already begun. You know the inoculations … are the beginning of the end. That is what will bring this whole thing to an end. But we’ll have to be a little bit patient for that.”

Lehman says there were lessons learned from the lockdown in the spring that allow the province to target measures more directly.

What we need to do, says the mayor, is to stay home, do what we did in the spring, not get together with anybody outside our household, to stop the spread.

“We did it before, we’ll do it again.”