Today, March 25th, the City of Ottawa declared a state of emergency in dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic.
We are making efforts to flatten the curve and ensure that this virus is not able to spread by following strong health protocols. The global pandemic is creating havoc around the world and we in Canada are not safe. We need to remain vigilant in following strict health protocols of physical distancing and hygiene particularly hand washing as stated by Ottawa Public Health and Health Canada. The city is taking strong measures to help prevent the spread of this virus.
Today for the first time in the city council’s history, we conducted a city council meeting by teleconference so that we could keep physical distance. Attached are the motions we passed today including those on giving extension on city billing and other economic measures.
Many of us want to help out and that has been hampered by the fact that we need to keep physical distance. Residents have told me how much they appreciate our front line workers who help the rest of us stay home and safe and wish to show their gratitude. I am pleased to have introduced motion today at council to demonstrate our appreciation for these workers including health care and emergency services and those working at essential stores such as grocery and pharmacies.
Today at 6:30 pm and every Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 6:45 pm until April 8th.
Give a hoot or a toot or a bang for our front-line heroes by making some noise for them from your doorstep or balcony.