On September 28, Premier Francois Legault announced that Montreal would be considered a red zone as of October 1, and for a period of 28 days. The measures announced have important impacts on many sectors of our society and on our everyday lives. I would like to clarify what it means to be in a red zone and urge all residents to respect the following public health directives:
- Private gatherings are prohibited.
- Public gatherings are prohibited, except for places of worship and funerals where a maximum of 25 people are permitted and a register must be kept.
- With regards to CHSLDs, RPAs (private seniors’ residences) and RIs, only visits for humanitarian purposes are permitted. For informal caregivers this means one person at a time and a maximum of two people per day in CHSLDs.
- Inter-regional travel is not recommended when travelling toward a green, yellow or orange zone and outside Québec except for essential travel, workers, shared custody and freight transportation.
- Public venue halls and audiences in indoor public places including auditoriums, cinemas, theatres, libraries and museums are closed.
- Restaurants are closed for dining. Delivery and takeout orders are permitted.
- Bars, brasseries, taverns and casinos are closed.
- Businesses, stores and boutiques are open.
- Private professional and health services are open only for services that require an individual’s presence.
- Personal and beauty care services are maintained.
- Services from Community organizations are maintained.
For more information regarding public health directives or testing, please consult: https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/
I understand that this recent government announcement may worry many of you, however I want to reassure you that all the efforts made by our residents this spring and summer have helped contain the spread of the COVID-19. In fact, due to all of your diligence and respect for the government directives, the situation in Dollard-des-Ormeaux is under control and we continue to work very closely with health officials to ensure that it remains this way.
As Mayor of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, I am very proud of the sacrifices made by our residents and the solidarity displayed during this pandemic. Respecting public health directives is crucial in order to ensure that we will have a good winter and that we are able to enjoy the holidays with family and friends. I know that our community will rise to meet the 28-day challenge and do our part in breaking the wave.
We have 28 days to break the wave, the countdown starts today! Let’s do it!
To the communities celebrating Easter and Passover,
I would like to offer my warmest wishes for a happy, safe and healthy Easter and Passover, to you and all your loved ones.
Although these occasions are usually filled with celebrations and family and friend gatherings, I urge all residents to remain in their own homes during these occasions and to comply to the government guidelines of social distancing. Visits are not permitted at any time!
The city is closely monitoring the situation and will take all necessary measures to ensure that we contain the spread of COVID-19.
The SPVM announced that it will intensify measures to ensure compliance with a ban on indoor and outdoor gatherings. Violators will be sanctioned immediately for failure to comply with government decrees. Offenders will be subject to a fine of between $1,000 and $6,000 under the Public Health Act.
We all have a social responsibility towards our more vulnerable population. Please, I urge all residents to respect the directives of health authorities and the government at all times.
Thank you all for your collaboration and Happy Holidays!
Our parks are a place to be active and enjoy nature. During this pandemic, our parks have been providing our residents with much needed peaceful moments in nature during the day. They have become indispensable for many of us during this time.
Although our city understands that our parks are essential to the well-being of our residents during this difficult period, we are very preoccupied by the crowds and gatherings at parks.
Many calls are coming into the City from worried residents seeing people and groups gathering at parks, especially Centennial Park.
Our city must assure the safety of all it’s residents. If individuals do not comply with the directives of the Québec Government, they will face consequences.
Police services across the province have been authorized to hand out fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.
Fines will be issued to those who violate public health guidelines, such as gathering in groups or not keeping at least two metres away from one another.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will take all necessary measures to ensure that we contain the spread of COVID-19. If people continue to disrespect directives, we will be forced to close all parks in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, including Centennial Park.
We all have a social responsibility towards our more vulnerable population. I urge all residents to respect the directives of health authorities and the government at all times.
To residents living around parks,
It is prohibited to congregate in parks and play on the equipment.
Although many of us are following the directives of the government and health authorities to stay home and avoid gatherings in order to contain the spread of COVID-19, some are not complying.
We are asking residents living around parks to take an active role in ensuring the security of the community by keeping an eye on the parks facing their home. If you see people congregating in a park near you, please call us at 514-684-6111. It is important to note that we are not asking residents to put their own security at risk, so please stay home while calling us.
These are unprecedented times we are living in. We need to come together as a community in a different way than ever before in order to overcome the current crisis we are facing as a society. This means communicating with those around us to explain the repercussions of not complying with important directives that are meant to protect the vulnerable in our greater community.
Thank you all for helping in the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Let’s work together to keep everyone safe!
To the Seniors in our community,
Your City is here to offer you support during this difficult period.
Self isolation is the most effective way to contain the spread of COVID-19, however, it is hard at times.
It is confirmed by health experts throughout the world that individuals aged 65 and over and those with pre-existing health complications are most at risk. Based on this data, the Quebec Government and public health authorities ask that all individuals aged 65 and over, remain in isolation at home to help contain this pandemic.
As your Mayor, I would like to thank all those who have already complied with these directives and strongly urge those who haven’t, to practice social distancing immediately.
Our City has put in place a special line dedicated to the seniors of Dollard-des Ormeaux during this difficult period.
If you are 65 and over and know someone:
- who lives alone?
- who feels anxious?
- who feels isolated?
- who would appreciate a friendly phone call from the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux?
Please call 514-684-9391 and leave your name and phone number. Someone from our city will return your call quickly.
I thank you all for your cooperation and encourage you all to stay connected with us.
To all residents returning from abroad,
I would like to welcome you home and begin by reassuring you that your City is being proactive about taking all the appropriate measures necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation and are basing our actions and decisions on recommendations made from the Quebec government and health authorities.
Throughout the week, the daily announcements have been made by all levels of governments regarding directives and measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
I am calling upon all residents who are returning from abroad, including those returning from Florida, to isolate themselves for a period of 14 days as stated in the directives of the provincial government https://www.quebec.ca/en/health/health-issues/a-z/2019-coronavirus/instructions-directives/
In light of this crisis and the potential effects of this virus we ask all residents to be responsible citizens and to comply with the directives put in place by authorities to ensure the containment of this pandemic.
Please help us keep our community safe!
I thank you for your cooperation and encourage you all to stay connected.
To the Community of Dollard-des-Ormeaux,
FOR OUR SENIORS
In last week’s press conference, the Premier of Quebec announced measures based on the recommendations of the Director of Public National Health, Dr. Horacio Arruda.
Under his recommendations, the elderly population and particularly those aged 65 and over are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and thus must remain home in isolation to reduce chances of contagion. I realize that this is not easy task.
I urge the community to support the directives of social distancing, however encourage you all to reach out to one another through other means of communication, particularly with your senior neighbors and friends. Social isolation is difficult for everyone, but particularly for the elderly. A phone call or message through social media can go a long way.
At the City, we have the R U OK program which was developed to reach out to isolated seniors. To sign up, call 514-684-6111.
To avoid crowded grocery stores, please explore online shopping for produce and essential products. Here are a few grocery stores that offer this service and deliver straight to your door. Click on the links below to place an order online.
Dollard-des-Ormeaux- IGA Extra→ https://www.iga.net/fr/recherche_de_magasin/magasin/0517-supermarche-d-d-o
Since many seniors are not internet-savvy, helping them with this process is a great way to help your friends, neighbors and family members and to contain the spread of the virus.
Let’s all look out for one another during this difficult time while respecting the directives of social distancing recommended by health authorities.
Thank you all for your continued cooperation and stay connected.
To all the communities in Dollard-des-Ormeaux,
In the light of recent events, I would like to reach out to the community of Dollard-des-Ormeaux to first, reassure you that the City is taking all the necessary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, as stated by government and health authorities.
Secondly, to reach out to you as your Mayor and ask that you follow the directives of Premier Francois Legault and refrain from congregating. I strongly urge that all cultural, religious and recreational assemblies be suspended in an effort to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Health care officials are concerned with a potential increase of individuals infected in the coming weeks. The most vulnerable are the elderly and those with already existing health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, high blood pressure and cancer. As such, the Quebec Government has made a series of announcements with instructions to avoid social gatherings and to socially distance ourselves. Individuals aged 65 and over are asked to stay home to avoid contagion.
The goal of this initiative to contain the spread of this virus and alleviate the pressure from our already struggling health care system.
I thank you all for your collaboration in slowing down the progression of this virus and ensuring the safety of our greater community.