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Friday, July 12, 2024
NOTL must still ‘remain vigilant,’ Disero says

Niagara-on-the-Lake Lord Mayor Betty Disero says people need to “remain vigilant” after the provincial stay-at-home order was lifted and Niagara Region moved into grey-lockdown pandemic status on Tuesday.

The move means many more retail businesses can open up with a limited capacity of customers allowed in at one time.

Pharmacies, supermarkets convenience stores and others that primarily sell groceries are allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity, while all other retail stores are allowed 25 per cent capacity.

While Disero said the move is “a start towards allowing the economy to cautiously reopen,” she said people still shouldn't be gathering. 

“What it doesn't do is open the door for people to have large gatherings or increased interactions, which would put us at a greater risk of spread.”

“For us to move forward together, all municipalities need to present a united front, supporting and adhering to all recommendations from Niagara Region public health,” Disero said.

“My hope is we can move to red-control sooner rather than later, to allow even more businesses to reopen safely and to increase allowances for more forms of social interaction. This will significantly support the mental wellness of our community.”

All stores opening must publicly display their capacity limit, screen customers based on public health advice, as well as actively screen all employees before they enter the premises.



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