The day after the city and county of Peterborough jointly declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Kawartha Lakes has done the same.
Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham made the declaration on Tuesday (March 24).
He said the state of emergency declaration will allow the municipality to mobilize local resources where needed to support front-line healthcare partners and emergency services to support the COVID-19 pandemic efforts.
“The situation before us is accelerating,” Mayor Letham said. “There will be more positive cases in the coming days. Our front-line healthcare workers are in need of additional support. By declaring a state of emergency, we are able to deploy municipal resources to help the health care system fight the spread of COVID-19 and care for those who have become ill.”
“This is a worldwide pandemic. Closer to home, the province has called a state of emergency. We support the province and our declaration is in line with those decisions. It’s a community response. The lines of government fall away and we all need to work together.”
VIDEO: Kawartha Lakes declares State of Emergency
All municipal buildings and all non-essential services have been closed to the public, with all municipal resources now solely focused on the COVID-19 pandemic response, emergency services, and supporting vulnerable populations. For a list of municipal closures and service reductions, visit www.kawarthalakes.ca.
For more information about the City of Kawarthas Lakes’ response to COVID-19 and additional resources, visit www.kawarthalakes.ca/covid19.