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Statement by Mayor Eisenberger on elected officials and senior leaders’ non-essential holiday travel

HAMILTON, ON - The news of anyone travelling over the holidays for non-essential reasons, especially elected officials and senior leaders in our community, is extremely disappointing. These individuals do not have a separate set of rules from everyone else and are being held accountable for their foolish actions.

We cannot let the senseless decisions of others take away our focus from the task at hand: stop the spread of this virus. The majority of Hamiltonians have been doing their part and have made many sacrifices during the pandemic. To this majority: please know you are making a difference in case counts. Thank you for your diligence and leadership.

I know there are anti-maskers out there as well as COVID-19 deniers and some who say one thing and do another. I urge community members to not listen and stay the course. This virus is real and has killed too many loved ones in Hamilton.

We must continue to do everything it takes to stop the spread and follow public health advice: stay home as much as possible, limit activity outside the home to essential activities only, wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance from others and get tested for COVID-19 if you have any symptoms or are not feeling well.

I am in this with you and together we will persevere and overcome this virus.