Media Release: A Joint Letter from Dr. Nicola Mercer and Mayor Cam Guthrie: Let’s Keep Moving Forward Together

July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020

Residents of Guelph,

Thank you for everything you have done so far to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a community, we have made great strides to keep ourselves and each other safe. When we reflect on the devastating impacts this pandemic has had in other places around the world, it’s clear that we need to keep doing what’s working in Guelph.  Progress is fragile. We must continue to move forward so we don’t slide backward.

As we look toward the future and plan for our “new normal”, we know that reopening businesses – and keeping them open – is a key step for economic recovery in Guelph. The launch of our Downtown Dining District and our ability to gather together at local restaurants is a great sign of our progress toward this goal. Over the weekend, however, we have seen troubling reports that some people visiting restaurants and other commercial establishments around town (especially those where alcohol is served) are not doing their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We know what works; our progress over the past few weeks is proof than we can reduce the spread of this virus. Now more than ever, we need to remain vigilant. Wash your hands, stay at least 6 feet away from people outside your household or social circle, and wear a mask when you’re asked to. These are simple things we can all do, and they’ve gotten us this far. Let’s keep the momentum going.

We all want to look forward to a successful future; one where we live safely with COVID-19 until we beat it. No one wants to go back to where we were in March and April. We can keep our economy strong and our friends and neighbours safe. This is Guelph. We are up for the challenge. We can do this.

Stay safe and stay well,


Dr. Nicola Mercer &  Mayor Cam Guthrie