The City of Stratford and Perth County (as well as all of its member municipalities) declared a state of emergency on Thursday.
Stratford Mayor Dan Mathieson says the move was made to help raise awareness of the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I did so in an effort to raise awareness with regard to community spread and the dangers it poses,” he said in a video posted to Twitter.
“I also did it to raise awareness about COVID-19 and coronavirus, so that we can all do our part and to make sure that we follow the advice of Dr. Myriam Clausen and the professionals at the Huron-Perth County Health Unit.”
Stratford made the decision at the same time as did its neighbouring municipalities, although St. Mary’s made the move a week earlier.
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