Move to yellow zone a disappointment, but no surprise to Peterborough County politicians

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Some Peterborough County politicians are not surprised Peterborough city and county is moving into a yellow zone on Monday.

“I guess the way that we’ve seen this trending, it’s not a big surprise. It is a disappointment, I supposed, but it’s not a surprise,” said Otonabee-South Monaghan Mayor Joe Taylor.

Selwyn Township Deputy Mayor Sherry Senis said she has total faith in Peterborough Public Health.

“If they feel we have to go to yellow status level, then I think we should be listening to them,” she said.

It seems that people are doing nothing but trying to justify not obeying the rules, county Warden J. Murray Jones said.

“And that’s got to stop. We’ve all got to dig our heels in, do what we’re supposed to do, and fight this damn thing. We’ve got to do it,” Jones said.

Taylor said he believes that those who are frustrated with the rules tied to the pandemic who have stopped following them, should understand that if they’re not abided by, these are the consequences.

“I think we learned this the first time around. We paid attention to the health recommendations and low and behold, we did, as the phrase was, flatten the curve,” Taylor said.

“I hope that we learned a lesson there; that if we do that, we can have a positive effect on the outcome.”

If people heed what the health protocols are, it should make the numbers go down, Senis said.

“If people don’t heed them, then we just have to look at the GTA, because they’re now on lockdown and we don’t want to be there,” she said.

Taylor quoted Yogi Berra, an American philosopher. “Yogi said, ‘It looks like déjà vu all over again.’ That’s one of Yogi’s quotes I’ve always liked and I think it’s appropriate here. It seems to me that the situation is worse now than it was in the spring when we went into a pretty severe lockdown, so, I’m not at all surprised if that’s where we’re going,” he said.

It’s hard to know where the correct balance between supporting the economy and protecting people’s health is, Taylor said.

“But, if this continues the way it’s going, then we will have no choice. We are going to have to focus on people’s health and safety,” he said.

Jones said he hopes it doesn’t take a family member to die or to get very sick for people to understand that it’s crucial to listen health officials’ advice.

Taylor said we have to take the rules and recommendations seriously.

“It’s scary. It really is. Boy oh boy, this is an invisible monster that’s just hiding behind every corner. It shows no mercy on anyone,” he said.

Marissa Lentz is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. Her reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach her via email:

Marissa Lentz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner