Thursday, March 19
Dear New Westminster,
I wanted to take an opportunity to connect with the community during these difficult times. I know there is a lot of anxiety and situations are changing daily. As a City, we are working hard to continue to provide essential services and support those most in need, with our focus on seniors and vulnerable populations. The majority of our community is at low risk, but the danger lies in how the virus spreads and how it can affect seniors and some of our more vulnerable populations. This is who we need to protect.
A few months ago, very few of us knew terms such as “social distancing”, “self isolation”, and “flattening the curve”. Now these need to become a part of our daily lives. Each of us have a role to play in supporting the community to get through this, each one of us needs to do our part.
This is difficult for me to say, but I do not have all of the answers and I don’t know exactly where this is going to go. I have been inspired by signs of support and the generosity that I am seeing in our community. These many acts are filling me with pride and hope. Our current focus needs to be on the immediate health crisis, but we know there are going to be longer term consequences.
I am concerned about the local businesses in our community. I encourage people, while practicing social distancing, to find ways to continue to support our local businesses. This will be even more important when we move out of this crisis.
All levels of government will be releasing information to the public on a regular basis. Stay informed, as things are changing very quickly. Please take care of yourselves, stay vigilant, and strictly follow the guidance from health officials. Show love and support to those around you. If we can do this, I know our community can get through this, together.
Mayor Jonathan Coté