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I’m thinking that each week, for as long as this period of preventive confinement continues, I’ll share a few thoughts with you through my mayor’s column. We are now in the third week of the lockdown. In this column, I’d like to draw your attention to our local businesses. Many in number, they offer quite a range of services. Not only are they a key part of our community, they continue to serve us. And at this time, they could use your support. Here, like everywhere else, as we attempt to curb the pandemic, the public’s attention is focused more than ever on the local.

For the time being, the directives remain the same: until the current public health instructions are lifted and the isolation and social distancing measures come to an end, it is crucial that we limit our outings. This is not a time for socializing, and children and adults alike should stay at home with the rest of their family. We should also bear in mind that the situation we are living through is only temporary.

The Town’s initiatives and operations continue and, despite the extraordinary challenge all of us are facing, things are generally going well. The Town is providing its essential services and, with most Town employees now working from home, our non-essential services are, for the most part, being maintained, albeit at a slower pace. That said, playgrounds, public buildings, sports facilities and dog runs remain closed.

In the meantime, Town businesses are adapting. Several have turned to deliveries. Local restaurants now prepare meals for takeout. Many grocery stores have long offered online shopping. Prescriptions filled by your preferred drug store can now be left at your door. And not only will dry-cleaners deliver your garments to your home, I’ve heard that in some cases they will even pick them up.

Among the news items posted on the homepage of Town’s website this week is a list of Mount Royal businesses and what they can do for you during our community effort to control the pandemic. I encourage you to check it out and to take advantage of the many solutions available to you. Of course, both the offer and the opening hours may change and, while some establishments may be allowed to do business in emergency situations, others may be limited to online sales or even be required to close their doors without advance notice. That’s why it’s always a good idea to contact the businesses directly for the latest information. Once this period of isolation is over, we look forward to seeing you again in good shape – and the same is true for our local businesses.

Is a TMR restaurant one of your family favourites in normal times? Then treat everyone – especially your kids, who are probably in need of a distraction – by bringing takeout home this week. Even better, have it delivered! You’ll find plenty of options here: www.town.mount-royal.qc.ca.

Philippe Roy

Mayor

90 Roosevelt Avenue

Mont-Royal H3R 1Z5