BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody has expressed concern about local businesses, in light of the Ford government’s announcement the stay-at-home order has been extended until at least June 2.
“There’s a lot of anxiety; downtown businesses are concerned,” he said, noting the pandemic has affected some sectors more than others.
Among the hardest hit are retail, as well as services such as hairdressing and personal training. All three, he said, traditionally employ, or are operated by women.
“Some are just hanging on,” he said. “I hope there will be more supports for them.”
The municipality itself is affected by the extension of the order. Peabody would like to see local recreation programs – summer camps, swimming and other sports – get rolling. However, everything’s on hold for the time being.
“Summer staff have been hired,” Peabody said.
Now comes the question of programming.
He noted local numbers are promising when it comes to summer recreation programs. At one point in April, this area had one of the highest COVID rates in the country, but now it’s the second-lowest.
“Dr. Arra (medical officer of health, Dr. Ian Arra) told people to act as if everyone were isolating with COVID, and they did. It worked,” he said.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times