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Lack of physical distancing at some restaurants and bars 'troubling' to Public Health and mayor

Mayor and Medical Officer of Health urge people to remain vigilant with physical distancing
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Downtown Guelph Dining District. Facebook photo

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nicola Mercer and Mayor Cam Guthrie have issued a joint statement regarding reports of people not following social distancing rules at some local drinking spots.

Several posts on social media last weekend showed groups of people, many not wearing masks, gathering in and around local licenced establishments, including several in the new Downtown Guelph Dining District.

"When we reflect on the devastating impacts this pandemic has had in other places around the world, it’s clear that we need to keep doing what’s working in Guelph. Progress is fragile. We must continue to move forward so we don’t slide backward," said the joint statement issued on Tuesday.

"The launch of our Downtown Dining District and our ability to gather together at local restaurants is a great sign of our progress toward this goal. Over the weekend, however, we have seen troubling reports that some people visiting restaurants and other commercial establishments around town (especially those where alcohol is served) are not doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"We know what works; our progress over the past few weeks is proof than we can reduce the spread of this virus. Now more than ever, we need to remain vigilant. Wash your hands, stay at least 6 feet away from people outside your household or social circle, and wear a mask when you’re asked to. These are simple things we can all do, and they’ve gotten us this far. Let’s keep the momentum going."

The statement concluded with "no one wants to go back to where we were in March and April. We can keep our economy strong and our friends and neighbours safe. This is Guelph. We are up for the challenge. We can do this."