A message from Delta South MLA Ian Paton and Andrew Wilkinson, Leader of the Official Opposition

The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging for Delta residents in recent memory.

As a result, all of us are struggling to navigate this unfamiliar new world that we have found ourselves in. We wonder what COVID-19 will mean for our kids, our parents, our businesses, and our community. Will this affect my child’s schooling? Are my parents at risk? How will we make ends meet if we can’t operate our business? These are questions that so many of us are asking right now.

We hope you feel some security in the knowledge that elected officials in all levels of government are working as hard as we can to provide answers for some of those questions. As the Official Opposition, we are working closely with the government during this time. We are in daily contact with Health Minister Adrian Dix and his staff in order to provide the most constructive approach possible as we fight this virus.

But there are still so many things we don’t know. Questions we cannot yet answer.

However, in times of uncertainty, it is important to focus on those things that we do know for sure—like what we can do to slow this virus down. Practicing physical distancing is incredibly important. Avoid groups of people, self-isolate if possible, and wash your hands well and often. We have heard from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry that we should avoid leaving our homes unless absolutely necessary.

While you may have heard the term ‘flatten the curve’ hundreds of times by now, it is no less important. We must do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus. It is vital that we stop the virus in its tracks, both to prevent further illness and to work on eventually getting things back to normal.

Please look after yourself and your loved ones during this time. We need to be distancing from each other physically, but it is more important than ever to remain connected to one another. We encourage you to reach out to neighbours and seniors that may be home alone, check that they are okay and staying healthy, and see if they need items from the pharmacy or grocery store.

We may have a long road ahead of us, but we have confidence in the people of Delta and this province. Stay calm, stay safe and be kind to others. We can and will get through this, together.

© Delta Optimist