Chris Cunning, CP24.com
Printed Thursday, Could 7, 2020 7:52AM EDT
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Premier Doug Ford has moderated his stance on Ontarians heading to their cottages for the Victoria Day lengthy weekend within the wake of a “productive” name with a variety of cottage nation mayors.
Ford had beforehand mentioned that he couldn’t “maintain taxpayers again from going to their cottages” indefinitely and noticed no “large difficulty” posed by some doing so for the Could lengthy weekend as long as they introduced their very own provides.
However in an announcement launched on Thursday, Ford mentioned that “we have to keep vigilant” and proceed to keep away from nonessential journey “as a lot as attainable.”
Ford did say that he’s asking seasonal residents who do journey to their cottages “to apply the identical public well being measures as ordinary.”
“I do know Ontarians are desirous to benefit from the nice outside, however there shall be loads of lengthy weekends to come back,” he mentioned. “Proper now, we have to concentrate on doing every part we will to guard the well being and security of all Ontarians. We’re all on this collectively and collectively we are going to beat COVID-19.”
CP24 has beforehand spoken to a number of cottage nation mayors who’ve expressed involved about an “explosion” of their populations as soon as the cottage season begins and what impact that would have on the unfold of COVID-19.
The mayors have additionally mentioned that the comparatively low variety of intensive care unit beds of their largely rural communities would make widespread transmission of the virus doubtlessly devastating.
It ought to be famous that there is no such thing as a particular order prohibiting Ontarians from heading to cottage nation for the lengthy weekend, although Ford mentioned in his assertion that the mayors within the area are asking “guests” to carry off on travelling to their communities for now.
“Cottage nation residents are recognized for his or her hospitality and usually they’d be welcoming vacationers with open arms proper now. This yr, nonetheless, they’re asking guests to assist them combat the unfold of COVID-19 and hold-off travelling to those areas till it’s protected to take action,” he mentioned.