Whitby Declares State of Local Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Posted on Tuesday March 31, 2020

The Town of Whitby has declared a State of Local Emergency in light of COVID-19, reinforcing the need to continue to enhance response measures to keep residents safe. Mayor Don Mitchell made the following statement:

“The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority. The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving and it is essential that we continue to do everything possible to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus. That is why, based on the Announcement made by the Province last night, and all of the information and health advice we have received to date from the Federal Government, the Provincial Government and the Region of Durham, I am declaring a State of Local Emergency in the Town of Whitby.

This is an unprecedented situation for our Town. This Declaration supports the States of Emergency already declared by the Region of Durham and the Province. It also helps to strengthen actions the Town is taking to share information and enhance coordination at both the local and regional level. Most importantly, however, it reinforces our commitment and laser focus to work together with our health partners to communicate one consistent message: stay home, save lives.

I urge residents to monitor and educate their children on the current dangers of using playgrounds or other publicly shared surfaces. I also implore residents to follow the advice of health officials: do not gather, follow good personal hygiene and if you have travelled - you must self-isolate for 14 days. We need to consider the human cost of each action we take as we move through this time of uncertainty together.

I want to thank our residents and local businesses for the sacrifices you are making. I cannot thank our health care providers and emergency responders enough for being on the front line when we need you. Your Council and Town staff are here to provide guidance and support. Whatever your question or need, reach out to us and we will help as best we can. We are truly all in this together.”

For more information on the actions the Town is taking in response to COVID-19, visit whitby.ca/coronavirus.