Guelph mayor, top doctor remind bar-goers to spread out

GUELPH – The mayor of Guelph and the medical officer of health for Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph, have written a joint letter urging bar- and patio-goers to remember to physically distance in these and all public settings.

The letter, dated July 28, is addressed to “residents of Guelph” and it first thanks residents for flattening the COVID-19 curve. But “progress is fragile,” it goes on to say, and the more the economy opens, the more individuals need to be vigilant.

“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,” states the letter.

“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.”

The letter reminds people to “wash your hands, stay at least six 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 letter doesn’t threaten to roll back stage three reopening measures or to send people home to self-isolate, but it does suggest that ignoring safety measures could cause the number of cases of COVID-19 to rise in the community.

“We must continue to move forward, so we don’t slide backward,” it states. “No one wants to go back to where we were in March and April.”