First responders across the Region of Peel arrived just after lunch today at the Peel Regional building on Derry/Hurontario where Public Health staff are located and responding to the COVID-19 crisis. A procession of ambulances, fire trucks, police cars and a few regional council members serenaded staff with sirens, waves and smiles of appreciation.

Staff were dispersed outside trying to stay warm and dry in the ominous weather that held up for the 10 minute event. Most of the staff were looking out from their office windows at the kilometre long procession that circled twice around the parking lot. It was an impressive spectacle of support.

Peel’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh who has been leading the public health response in the region was outside and clearly thankful for the symbolic effort for staff. It was a moving experience and follows similar efforts of appreciation that have happened in the region and across the world.

As the provincial government makes steps to start re-opening business that have been closed, residents are reminded to continue to maintain physical distancing, wear protective face masks, follow handwashing protocols and limit travel for essential needs.

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