City of Brantford’s Rapid Reponse to Community Spread

“Please pay attention. Observe the rules and regulations that are in place to protect us all. What we each do, acts towards the protection of all of us.”

Mayor Kevin Davis, City of Brantford

BRANTFORD – Hours before the Ontario government announced the signing of an order to extend the Declaration of Emergency and issued a new order to close all outdoor recreational amenities in province, Brantford Mayor, Kevin Davis, had already done just that on a municipal level.

Mayor Davis says, he was unaware the provincial order would be executed. He adds, after he was informed of community spread on Monday morning by Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, Medical Officer of Health at the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU), he made the swift decision based on Dr. Ubantke’s recommendations.

The emergency order, signed by Mayor Davis, implemented the immediate temporary closure of all amenities located in any outdoor municipal owned or operated property or park in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Brant County Health Unit reported publicly Tuesday, that they had received confirmation over the weekend of what appears to be the first case indicating community spread of the COVID-19 virus in our area.

During a teleconference Tuesday, Dr. Erbantke warned if current restrictions do not work and we can’t flatten the curve, then even more restrictive measures will be considered.

Our by-law enforcement officers usually work 8:30AM to 4:30PM. They are now changing their shifts to include weekend coverage and longer hours as well because this is a top priority. This is how we flatten the curve. If people would observe the restrictions given to us and guidance given to us by the health unit, we wouldn’t have to do this.

Mayor Kevin Davis, City of Brantford

There is a potential $750 minimum fine for anyone caught and charged with the offense under provincial law.