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Oakville’s mayor fears rising COVID rate could lead to further restrictions

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Oakville’s mayor fears rising COVID rate could lead to further restrictions

Oakville’s mayor fears that rising COVID-19 cases could force stricter lockdown measures in his town.

In a released statement, Mayor Rob Burton said that even though Halton Region has been placed in the Yellow Protect stage, recent numbers show Oakville is edging towards the Red Control zone and the potential for increased restrictions.

In the past several days, Oakville has accounted for almost half of all new COVID cases in Halton and most of the recent deaths.

Neighbouring Peel Region is currently in the Red Control zone and has even gone beyond restrictive measures set out by Provincial health officials. This means that in Mississauga and Brampton there is a pause on all social gatherings in businesses, a halt on all weddings and associated gatherings, religious ceremonies are confined to virtual events, seating is restricted to members of the same family in restaurants and bars, the closure of all meeting and event space, and residents cannot visit any other households or allow visitors to their homes or yards.

The mayor said that in discussions with Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams he offered Oakville public facilities and other resources to be used for increased COVID-19 testing and contract tracing.

Mayor Burton said the all residents of Oakville must continue to their part to stop the spread of the coronavirus so that a further clampdown on activity doesn’t take place.

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