This summer in the nation’s capital has been much different than in years past – one that has presented Ottawans with the most significant challenges and setbacks in a generation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the vast majority of major events have been cancelled, many residents have found creative ways to enjoy the outdoors and rediscover the spectacular sights in the region. The new normal has also given many an opportunity to relax, recharge and reconnect with loved ones.

Now, as our youth enroll in online courses or return to classrooms across the city, and our workforce braces for a busy fall, we must remember that the virus is still very much present in our community. I want to once again thank the caring residents who have worked so hard to plank the curve by respecting public health guidelines. The actions we all take will change the impact that this pandemic has on our city. Let’s continue to protect ourselves and our neighbours by practicing physical distancing, wearing masks, washing our hands frequently and finding safe alternatives to large group activities.

While we are all focused on limiting the spread of the virus, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind residents that our local businesses are still fighting each and every day to remain open, providing goods and services that our community needs. And as the winter weather quickly approaches, restaurants will soon have to close their patios, and businesses will have to find new ways to generate revenue. It is vital that we continue to support these local entrepreneurs through these difficult times. If possible, head to your neighbourhood deli for a sandwich, buy a book by an Ottawa author, or purchase a gift for a friend from a local artisan.

There is no doubt that this has been a stressful period for everyone in our city and across the globe. However, with every day that passes, we are one step closer to a vaccine. Let’s be patient, vigilant and hopeful that our collective actions will result in a safe and prosperous future for all.
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve very quickly. Please refer to OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the latest information.