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This is Mayor Mitchell Brownstein with a health and safety update. The Quebec government has implemented new measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Some of these restrictions will affect municipal services particularly recreation services. Expect changes like those implemented during past waves. Details will be announced on Monday.

We’ve come a long way in a year. With vaccination rates high and the vaccine passport, we can offer a lot more activities this winter than last.

Omicron is an airborne highly transmittible variant 40 times more contagious than the original strain of covid-19 and significantly more transmissible than earlier variants. So get your booster shot as soon as possible. A booster shot greatly increases the level of protection. In the meantime in order to reduce spread we need to make common-sense decisions to reduce the risk. Reduce gathering sizes. Improve ventilation by opening a window when you are with people outside your family bubble. Avoid places you have to eat and drink around people that are not part of your household. Use rapid testing kits before  getting together with others, especially with those who are older than age 70 or immunocompromised. Wear higher quality masks or double mask. Physically distance. And wash your hands frequently.

We have learned all the tools we need to know to stay safe.  Use them.  Spend time with friends and family wearing masks, rapid testing and take advantage of all our controlled facilities, including our library, ACC and Arena, that require proof of vaccination, masks and hand washing. These are the safest indoor places to be. Enjoy the outdoors with skating, new cross-country trails in Trudeau Park, the toboggan run and more that will be ready as soon as snow arrives.

Have fun, stay safe and take care of all those you love.