Burlington mayor still has concerns about province’s ambitious reopening plan


Published October 28, 2021 at 4:04 pm

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Although she’s optimistic about the fight against COVID-19, Burlington mayor Marianne Meed Ward still has some reservations about the province’s reopening plan.

“I have my own concerns about (the provincial plan). I think it’s soon,” said Meed Ward during an exclusive interview with insauga.com publisher Khaled Iwamura.

Meed Ward was referring to the Jan. 17 reopening date floated by Premiere Doug Ford.

She said that last year, at this time, COVID-19 rates were falling and everyone was optimistic society would be back to normal as we approached Christmas.

“We were optimistic about opening things up and then ‘bam’. And then we opened up again and then ‘double bam’, with the worst wave in the spring. We have to be very cautious.”

She said, however, the big difference this year is that we have a high level of vaccination.

“It will be really important to watch those indicators. I think the vaccinations are (helpful), but we’re not out of the woods yet.”

More than 85 per cent of Halton residents are fully vaccinated.

“We have to keep our guard up.”

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