When the government announced that Haldimand-Norfolk, along with Hamilton and most of the rest of the GTAH would have to wait to enter phase two of the COVID relaxation the rural mayors reacted angrily. “It’s disappointing,” said Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt, “You can sit on a patio in Muskoka but not in Haldimand-Norfolk?” Hewitt said. “If you’re going to open up, open up.”
Similarly Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp said the exclusion was “completely unacceptable. ”I’m incredibly frustrated that the provincial government — without consultation and for reasons that remain unclear — made this decision,” she said.
Asked about the mayors’ response at his daily news conference, Premier Doug Ford fired back. “Two weeks ago these were the mayors who said they would arrest people for coming to visit their cottages, you can’t have it both ways.” To re open things when their (COVID) cases are on the rise would be completely irresponsible,” the Premier added, in a reference to the COVID outbreak that has run though a group of migrant farm workers in the farm communities.