Bridge credits vaccinations for opportunity to relax public health restrictions

MINTO – While he doesn’t believe the pandemic is completely over, Mayor George Bridge said he is pleased about the planned re-opening the local municipal office and relaxation of public health restrictions at municipal recreation facilities here.

Bridge thanked staff and town officials for their efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 over the past two years.

“I just want to thank everybody for all their hard work,” Bridge stated at the Feb. 15 council meeting.


“I don’t think the pandemic is over yet,” said Bridge.

However he pointed out Ontario is currently experiencing a “depression of a wave” of COVID-19 infections.

Earlier that day, the municipality announced the municipal administration centre would be open and all staff able to work from the office as of Feb. 22.

However, due to renovations to the council chambers, council meetings will continue virtually until completion of the renovation,

In response to relaxation of public health restrictions by the province, the town also announced the public will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter town facilities as of March 1.

Bridge attributed recent positive trends in COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations to a successful vaccination program and public health measures.

“We can’t forget the vaccinations got us there … and some of our other things that we did,” said the mayor.

“So I want to make sure everybody’s excited about the fact we’re opening up.”

Bridge said its important people continue to receive third dose booster shots, adding eligible children should also get vaccinated.

“Because going forward there might be another kind of variant or something might come up and any protection we’ve got is very important,” he stated.