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Regional officials preach precaution ahead of Canada Day

It comes after two more fines were issued to emergency order rule-breakers
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File photo of Regional headquarters. Blair Adams/KitchenerToday

It's been another busy week for enforcement partners in the Region of Waterloo.

During Tuesday's COVID-19 briefing, CAO Mike Murray reminded residents that provincial emergency orders are still in effect.

"I encourage everybody to take the emergency orders seriously and their personal precautions seriously," said Murray.

It comes after two more fines were issued locally between June 23 and June 29.

"One by The City of Kitchener and one by The City of Waterloo. Both [occurred] at private residences, and both for gatherings of more than 10 people."

During that same time frame, bylaw, police, and public health inspectors also responded to an abundance of complaints.

There were a total of 142 site visits that required some sort of education or warning issued, while 154 calls required no action.

Murray said enforcement partners will continue to be active over Canada Day, and heading into the weekend.

The Region's Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, also stressed caution over July 1.

It comes after another COVID-19 related death was confirmed in our community this week.

"It is sadly not unexpected given the continued circulation of the virus - which we know has the potential to cause serious illness and death. Which is why I continue to ask our residents to follow all public health measures to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community," said Dr. Wang.

She also reiterated the need to follow provincial orders.

"With Canada Day tomorrow, it is also essential that people [not gather] with more than 10 people. Even at such gatherings, physical distancing must be maintained between anyone from different social circles, or household bubbles. When distancing cannot be maintained, masks are strongly recommended."

Dr. Wang said the health and well-being of our community depends on everyone doing their part.

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