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Halton Hills mayor urging residents to stay home ahead of upcoming lockdown

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Halton Hills mayor urging residents to stay home ahead of upcoming lockdown

As all of Halton prepares to move into lockdown this Saturday, Halton Hills mayor Rick Bonnette is urging residents to do their part by staying home.

“Moving into shutdown on Boxing Day is not a step any of us wanted to happen,” said Bonnette.

“But now more than ever, it is critical that we all continue to work together to help stop the spread of the virus by staying home. I want to thank our businesses and residents who continue to follow public health advice in our efforts to keep our Town safe.”

Halton Hills residents are advised that during the shutdown, town services will be provided in accordance with the province-wide shutdown measures announced today.

The town will continue to work with participants and user groups to determine the impacts to specific service areas.

On Dec. 21, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that starting at 12:01 am on Dec. 26, Halton Region will officially go into lockdown along with the entire province, with Southern Ontario slated to experience a 28-day (at minimum) shutdown.

Northern Ontario will face a 14-day (at a minimum) shutdown.

While Peel (Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon), Toronto, York Region, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex were placed in lockdown prior to today’s announcement, the newest shutdown will include temporary school closures until at least Jan. 11 for elementary schools and Jan. 25 for high schools.

All students will be able to learn online after the Christmas holidays end, as only in-class learning will be temporarily suspended.

Prior to today, Halton Region was in the Red-Control level of the province’s colour-coded system in the fight against COVID-19.

Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward also showed support for the lockdown, saying it’s “clear the current measures in lockdown areas are not sufficient — their numbers are not coming down. More needs to be done to stop the spread at the source.”

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