With regards to COVID-19, Princeton mayor Spencer Coyne says he’s confident the health and safety of workers is the, “top priority of their employers.” (File)

With regards to COVID-19, Princeton mayor Spencer Coyne says he’s confident the health and safety of workers is the, “top priority of their employers.” (File)

Princeton mayor confident health and safety of workers ‘top priority of their employers’

COVID-19: Mayor urges locals to practice social distancing, stay home when they can

Princeton mayor Spencer Coyne is urging locals to stay home when they can.

In a statement to the Spotlight, he highlighted the importance of distancing from others, and following best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19. He also spoke to concerns raised by the public in relation to the safety of local industry workers.

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“It is all of our responsibility to make sure we do our part in keeping our distance from our friends, neighbours and coworkers,” said Coyne. “If we are not in self-isolation then it is imperative that we follow best practices of washing our hands regularly and thoroughly.”

He asked that everyone follow social distancing orders and self-isolate if either they have symptoms of the virus, or have returned from out of the country.

“Follow the suggestions of health authorities, have one designated family member do your household shopping, keep your children home when you go into public and stay home when you can,” he said.

“Remember, going to friends for dinner, coffee or to play cards; this is not social distancing.”

The mayor added that with regards to the coronavirus, he has received concerns about the safety of local industry workers.

“I have contacted industry leaders and have been reassured that they have been following provincial protocols about social distancing,” Coyne said.

These measures, he explained, include wiping down machines and vehicles at the beginning and end of each shift, and enforcing the rules around staying home for those who have just returned from holidays, or have symptoms of the virus.

Coyne said he’s confident local industry leaders will do their part.

“I am confident that the health and safety of the workers in our community are the top priority of their employers,” he said.

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