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Guelph mayor reacts to province's modified stage two of Roadmap to Reopen

Cam Guthrie took to social media, posting a top 10 list on what he believes will fill in the gap
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Mayor Cam Guthrie sits at his desk at City Hall.

As the province gets ready to return to a modified stage two setting on Wednesday, January 5, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie said it didn't come as much surprise. However, again, the government did not provide any immediate support for businesses. Guthrie added the most shocking was the announcement about school closures.

The province has announced that the return to in-person learning would be delayed by two days earlier in the week. However, on Sunday, January 3, the announcement stated in-person learning would possibly return in two weeks.

Guthrie took to Twitter posting a top 10 list on what he believes will fill in the gap. Sitting in the number one spot is admitting to living with the virus.

"Different variants will present themselves in different ways. However, as we have seen over two years living with the virus, we are now going to have to do. That's why rapid tests and vaccinations have to be available everywhere."

Almost two years, there was still an ICU capacity issue in the province. Mayor Guthrie asks, "what is the plan to get those going and get more health care?" While acknowledging living with the virus may not be a good thing, control effort needs to be placed.

"If we have some of the controls in place like vaccines, ICU and health care capacity increased, staffing increased that helps us live with the virus."

We have been faced with a lot of certainties for almost two years. Guthrie said people are just looking for some confidence through government supports.

"It is just disheartening to have it affect our children our business yet again. You would think that supports would be here two years into the pandemic. You would think that the healthcare capacity would now be front of mind and the only focus that we would have available to us now."

"We are all continuing to do our part and understand why we have to do our part, but as we do our part, the support just doesn't seem to be there constantly." 
 

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