Story covered by Bob Bailey, MPP from The Post

I’d like to begin by thanking everyone in Sarnia-Lambton for the extraordinary efforts and great sacrifices they’ve made during the current COVID-19 pandemic. I appreciate and understand the tremendous challenges you’ve been facing, whether it’s not being able to visit with loved ones, getting laid off from work, having to deal with the financial challenges of owning a business, or many other troublesome circumstances.

These unprecedented times have forced all of us to deal with situations well beyond our control – and it’s a tribute to everyone who had done their part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. As a result of your vigilance, Ontario has been able to begin the first stage of its road to recovery.

During this phase, the government is focusing on workplaces that are well-positioned to follow public health advice to maintain physical distancing, implement workplace safety guidelines, and limit gatherings.

As I’ve visited local businesses that have reopened and talked to the owners and their customers, it has been gratifying to see most people are continuing to adhere to the health protocols recommended by the province and reinforced by Lambton Public Health. For local information on COVID-19 workplace health protocols, please visit the County of Lambton website at lambtononline.ca/covid-19.

Although these are challenging times for all businesses, it’s great to see people’s optimism returning as stores and services begin the challenging job of reopening safely and bringing their employees back to work. The Ministry of Labour has provided a series of health and safety guidelines for various business sectors to ensure that employees and customers are
protected. I urge all companies and workers to read and adhere to these important guidelines, which are available online. I had a chance to experience our rising community optimism when I attended a virtual Zoom ribbon cutting for a new Sarnia business, Lake Effect Studio. I’d like to offer my sincere congratulations to Kelly Moir and Sam Eastman, two recent university graduates who have returned to Sarnia and opened their one-stop, environmentally conscious branding and marketing firm. With their positive energy and dynamic spirit, I’m sure they will be very successful, even in these uncertain times.

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