Letter to the Editor – COVID-19 Restrictions

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Dear Editor,

Over last weekend, I noticed something that brought up a number of questions. Driving down Davis Road I could see a large number of vehicles and trailers.

Asking at one of the local gas stations, I was told that the Snowmobile Drag Races were being held with well over 200 people from high risk areas like Lanark, Toronto and Quebec participating.

This seems to be against Ontario regulations as legal gathering limits for organized public events is set at 25 people or less.

So my questions regarding this are: who authorized this? Was our Municipality and/or Council of the Day aware of this event? Were the OPP and local Bylaw officers aware? Where does our Health department stand on this? And why would our Municipal Council place us at risk by inviting/allowing events such as this and encouraging people to gather in large groups (including those from high risk areas)?

This is extremely unfair to those of us following the regulations, as well as the local businesses who are hoping not to have to close their doors again. In light of what has just happened in nearby Lanark, with 50 plus people testing positive related to a social gathering, I feel we should expect better from all levels of authority whose first priority should be the safety of their citizens.

Deb D.

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  1. Did you stop and count people and ask them where they were from or did you rely on those you spoke to at the gas station? Your letter states you have questions “ So my questions regarding this are” then you go on to say “ And why would our Municipal Council place us at risk by inviting/allowing events such as this and encouraging people to gather in large groups (including those from high risk areas)?” so are we to understand you confirmed this? No where in your letter did you state you actually spoke to anyone from the municipality and confirmed this.Could you provide an update as to who you spoke with at council, by-law and OPP and what their response was? You seem to have a lot of answers even though you are just asking questions.

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