Dufferin County to Terminate Emergency Declaration on March 1

Feb 22nd, 2022
By tchan

In consultation with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, the County of Dufferin will terminate its Emergency Declaration on March 1, 2022.

The County declared an Emergency on March 26, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, an Emergency Declaration provides the Warden with the authority to take actions and make orders they consider necessary to protect property and the health, safety and welfare of County residents.

The City of Guelph and Wellington County, both of whom fall under the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health service delivery area, will also terminate their Emergency Declarations on March 1, 2022.

“We’re thankful for Dufferin County residents’ diligence and continued commitment to the fight against COVID-19. As key public health and health system indicators continue to improve, we feel confident about terminating our Emergency Declaration,” says Warden Wade Mills. “We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated and follow public health guidance so we can preserve and protect the positive progress we’ve achieved thus far.”

“Dufferin County has been a vital partner in the fight against COVID-19 since 2020. Without a doubt, the contributions of County leaders and staff have protected Dufferin residents and positioned the County and our region to exit the pandemic on the strongest possible footing. I have been grateful for the support and wisdom of the County. The County has prioritized ensuring residents had access to vaccines and timely information to protect them against this virus,” says Dr. Nicola Mercer, CEO and Medical Officer of Health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “As we look to the future, WDG Public Health will continue to work hand in hand with Dufferin County and all local municipalities to keep our region safe, healthy and prosperous.”

To date, over 80 per cent of eligible Dufferin County residents (ages 5+) are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.