Resident Survey Available Regarding Mandatory Mask Use in Petrolia’s Indoor Public Spaces

Posted: July 31, 2020

From the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Town of Petrolia has made the conscious choice to provide spirit activities and to provide events to help our community cope with the changes to our daily lives, to provide detailed information to residents as we receive it, and to maintain a community-minded approach to all decision making where possible.

Services in the Town of Petrolia have remained available, even though they look a little different this year, events have remained on schedule even though we are spending time apart, and Council and Staff have taken every step possible to keep the health and safety of our residents at the very pinnacle of everything we do.

Recently, the Town of Petrolia has been receiving several letters, e-mails, and inquiries about mandating mask use when in indoor public spaces in Petrolia. Emergency Control Group (ECG), Council and Staff are currently exploring the benefits of implementing mandatory masks within all indoor public spaces. The Petrolia approach is one of education and implementation. Town Staff are producing a short, educational video that will be available soon to outline how to safely wear a mask.

Council, the Emergency Control Group and Staff have worked diligently and progressively to provide the highest level of protection to all residents of Petrolia throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic. Closely monitoring COVID-19 trends, in preparation of a rise in numbers or changing conditions; Council, Staff and the ECG are preparing to implement mandatory mask wearing in all indoor public spaces.

In keeping with our promise to keep residents informed, we are asking for your feedback. A very short survey designed to answer this question has been developed and we ask that residents take a moment to complete it to help us better understand where our residents and business owners’ opinions are on this matter.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CFT23FB

The survey is available until Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and the results will be included on the Monday, August 10, 2020 Regular Council Agenda where it will be discussed.

For those that wish to provide more feedback, please forward any written correspondence you would like to have considered by Council during that meeting to our Municipal Clerk at mpearson@petrolia.ca and it will be placed on the public agenda.

ECG and Staff are constantly monitoring COVID-19 for changes and will remain proactive for the safety and protection of our residents. Changes in trends of the current COVID-19 situation will result in actions taken by Council, Staff, and the ECG.