As of March 20, 2020, the Municipality of Clarington has closed all playground equipment and structures. This decision was made based on evidence from the World Health Organization, which states that “… the novel coronavirus may remain on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on several conditions, including type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment.”
Frank Palmieri is paying special attention to his customers. On Friday, March 20, he began implementation of “kindness hour,” opening his store one hour earlier (8:00am – 9:00am) for seniors and customers with disabilities.
An example of creativity and collaboration in trying times, Kendal Hills Farm officially opened its Virtual Farmers Market on Saturday, March 21 and is delivering local farm products to Clarington on Sundays and to Toronto on Thursdays and Fridays.
Just as Clarington East Food Bank (CEFB) was gearing up for community Easter/Spring food drives and anticipating volumes of non-perishable donations; the world came down with COVID-19.
Myno Van Dyke’s parents brought the family from the Netherlands to Canada and arrived at pier 21 in Halifax aboard the Bolendum on March 14, 1951.
“I’m taking it one day at a time,” said Amin Rawhad, owner of the Orono Country Café. “I have been in business for 14 years. I have regular customers who need me to be open. Many of my customers are elderly and unable to cook on their own. I am here for them, for as long as I can.” The Orono Country Café is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a limited menu for pick-up only. To order call 905-983-9009.
Business has been steady, says Diana Stephenson. “It’s been different. People need their sugar fix. People have been in to get frozen meals for neighbours and family members. That part of the business was doing well, but now is skyrocketing.” Buttercup Hollow Pantry is open Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can order by calling 905-983- 9779, visiting their website or sending a message over Facebook.
Restauranteurs in the area have had to quickly and creatively respond to public health announcements and declarations, acting socially responsible to protect their employees and the public, and continuing to provide important services to the community. We spoke with Newcastle restaurants to see how they are adapting to these changing times.
We shall overcome. COVID-19 is infecting hundreds of thousands across our world. It is an invisible and deadly opponent. It is almost certain that the pandemic will worsen before it gets better.
As Durham Regional Police Services continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, DRPS reassures the community that emergency response in Durham Region remains their top priority.