March 23, 2020

A Strong Message from UXCC we want YOU and your family to stay safe, please stay home.

We know that much is going on in the world right now. We also know business have closed their doors for the next two weeks for the overall safety for themselves and you and all family members in consideration.

We implore you, as groups of Gov’t, Chambers, Board of Trade (remotely) and local doctors preparing to fight this, to help us you must stay home unless you are an essential business or called as a worker to an essential business, to get groceries etc.

Social distancing is painful. We know that kids have cabin fever, they are pleading to see their friends, they may have birthday parties coming up or special events they have been looking forward to. All of us need to work and childcare is a big worry. But we need to overcome these issues and boredom for the coming weeks so that we can survive this with as few deaths as possible. What does that mean?

  1. No playdates, not even 1:1. Do these things face to face internet not in person.
  2. No small gatherings, no meetings between a couple families, even for birthday parties.
  3. Avoid play parks, climbing gyms, restaurants, movie theaters, anything in an enclosed area. Many of these places are advertising increased cleaning and hygiene. This is not sufficient! Do not go. STAY HOME
  4. Cancel planned vacations for the next month. Avoid airline travel that is not an emergency. Many airlines and rental agencies are offering penalty free cancellations.
  5. Stay at home as much as possible. Work from home if you possibly can. You may have to go buy groceries and medicine, of course, but make the trips quick and purposeful.
  6. Wash your hands thoroughly after you have been in public places, for a full 20 seconds, soaping up thoroughly and being sure to get between the fingers.
  7. Please avoid disseminating social media claims that the situation is not serious or is being exaggerated. This is a national crisis and conveying misinformation to your friends and family may put their lives in danger.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and stay safe and healthy in the coming weeks.

March 23, 2020

Letter sent to the Prime Minister and Premier of Ontario from Durham Region and Chambers of Commerce.