Mayor Sayeau Urges Residents to Stay Home

April 9, 2020

On Wednesday, April 8th, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville declared a state of emergency in order to reinforce the importance of social distancing, especially over the Easter weekend. The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit shared a similar message, urging us to celebrate together by staying apart.

As the weather warms up and the Easter holiday approaches, we have been challenged to find different ways to celebrate this year. Public Health Officials are telling us to continue our efforts to stay home and to practice social distancing when we need to venture out for necessities.

Mayor Pat Sayeau comments on the upcoming long weekend, “It is critically important that we do not let down our guard. This cannot be a normal holiday weekend,” he said.

Many of us will miss our large family gatherings and holiday traditions this year. Instead, we will connect by phone, video messaging or social media. We might create new traditions, or recognize the holiday by making a donation to the foodbank or local charity. It’s important to stay connected to our community while we may be physically apart.

Mayor Sayeau recognizes our businesses that have adapted to help front line workers; Kings Lock Craft Distillery has made a substantial donation of Hand Sanitizer to the Brockville General Hospital; the Port of Johnstown has made a donation of N95 masks to support our health care workers; and many others have found ways to offer support.

We also recognize those that are bringing food to our residents that are vulnerable, showing up for work as an essential worker, or saving lives by staying at home.

“This is a testament to the charitable spirit of our community,” said the Mayor

However you choose to spend the Easter weekend, please do it safely at home. Your community is counting on you.

For information on township services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our dedicated webpage at

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