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Durham politicians call for resident compliance with provincial orders

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

DURHAM: Durham Region’s Mayors and Regional Chair John Henry recently put out a joint statement calling for people to comply with the provincial stay-at-home order.

“In the midst of the third wave, we are at a critical point of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our province is in a state of emergency, and the stay-at-home order has been extended. As Durham Region’s elected leaders, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. Which is why we are imploring Durham residents to follow all public health measures and restrictions put in place,” the statement, released on Wednesday, April 21st, read.

The elected officials also stressed the severity of the current situation.

“When you disregard the restrictions, you are putting lives at risk, so it is crucial we all continue to adhere to public health guidelines to protect our friends, families, and neighbours. Stay within your own household and only leave for essential purposes, such as grocery shopping and exercising. Those who live alone may have exclusive contact with one other household only. We must all continue to do our part every day to protect our community.”

With vaccines continuing to be put in residents’ arms, Durham’s officials see a way we will all get through this pandemic.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. We will get through this together by the will of our collective effort. Together, we remain Durham Strong,” the statement concluded.

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