Waterloo Region and the seven local municipalities declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday, Mar. 25.
A press release issued by region states that “The declaration of a municipal emergency is part of the Region and area municipalities’ ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
The hope is that the declaration will “ensure our municipal governments can continue to act and respond quickly,” says the region, and that it will send “the strongest possible message” to residents who have been urged to stay home and to change their behaviours.
This comes after Region of Waterloo Public Health reported another 26 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total up to 58 — 25 laboratory-confirmed cases and 33 presumptive positive cases.
The Regional Chair and all Mayors strongly encourage all residents to take every precaution to protect themselves, saying “stay home, stay safe, and only venture out to buy essential supplies. Or order online if at all possible.”
The University of Waterloo has cancelled all in-person classes, moving all courses and exams online. To best ensure the safety of its students and employees, the university has stated that “most campus buildings will be locked as of 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.”
If you are a student who has been affected by the university closure, travel restrictions, or the changes to student residence at U of G or at any other institution, please get in touch. We want to hear from you.
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