Earlier this morning, I sent a joint public service announcement with the Mayor of Gatineau, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin:

Ottawa and Gatineau Mayors Jim Watson and Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin today made a point of jointly calling on their residents to reduce their interprovincial travels to essential trips. The COVID-19 situation will not evolve the same way on both sides of the river, and everyone must be prepared to follow to the letter the recommendations of the public health authorities on limiting the virus’ propagation.

“I ask everyone living in the Outaouais and our friends on the Ontario side to reduce travel between the two provinces to the strictest minimum. These days, solidarity sometimes means staying home. This is not the time to go back and forth between your home and the cottage, to shop anywhere other than at local businesses, or to go to parks other than your neighbourhood park. Every time you go out, you make several stops, for instance to get gas, groceries, to mention but a few, which increases the risk of contagion,” indicated Gatineau Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin.

“Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin and I are appealing to the solidarity of the region’s residents: limit your non-essential travels, including between Ottawa and Gatineau. Please stay home, but if you must cross the river to help out family or friends, be sure to take every necessary precaution,” emphasized Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.