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Letter-writer understands border restrictions, makes a plea for people to follow the rules to protect ourselves, front-line workers

To The Editor,

Today we find out that the police are starting to check vehicles travelling across the Hawkesbury-Grenville bridge.  They are also doing this at the bridges between Gatineau and Ottawa. It may also be the case for the bridges in Montreal that lead to island of Montreal.

Some people are upset about this.  So here are my thoughts on why this is being done;

Every day health care workers go into work risking their health and their lives to take care of us all, should we get sick.  There are people out there who can’t show them respect for what they do by following simple rules meant to protect us all. As an example; if you come back from abroad you have to self-isolate for 14 days, whether you show symptoms or not.  Yet there are those can’t do this! They are seen walking around, a long time before the 2 weeks is up. It’s not complicated; self-isolation means you stay home period; no walks, no grocery shopping and no visiting grandma!

Every day emergency services people go in to work risking their health and their lives to take care of those who need emergency services.  The ambulance personnel and other essential services personnel have no choice than to get close to people to do their jobs. The rest of us who do not work in essential services do not have to get close to anyone unless we need medical attention.  If you exhibit symptoms of the virus you have to self-isolate for 14 days. Not complicated; same rules as the previous group; no walks, no grocery shopping and no visiting grandma!

Every day grocery store workers and others along the supply chain go to work putting their health and lives on the line to make sure we have something to eat to help us stay healthy.  When grocery shopping there should only be one person at a time doing the shopping to avoid chances of spreading the virus. Yet there are those who make a family outing of grocery shopping!   It’s not easy being stuck at home all the time but it’s a lot better than one of your loved ones being in the hospital and you can’t go visit!

The policemen who will be checking the cars coming or going across the bridges will have no choice than to approach people if they have to question them.  Kind of hard to practice physical distancing if you have to ask someone for their driver’s license. Every day they go to work putting their health and their lives on the line for us.  There are people out there who can’t show them respect for what they do by following simple rules meant to protect us all. As an example; there are still people who stand close to each other when they meet on the street and there are still people who congregate in large numbers.  The rules are not complicated; If you are healthy, you are allowed to go for a walk but do not meet in groups and if you do meet someone on the street you have to stay at least 2 meters (6 feet) away from them.

There are many other essential services professions that I did not mention above.  I will not try and list them all because I will forget some. Please know that your efforts are very much recognized and appreciated by the majority of us.

For those of you who do not believe in following the rules to help us combat this COVID-19; I hope for your sake that you are a freak of nature and really are as infallible as you seem to think you are.  I must say here that I have never met an infallible person yet! I just hope that it doesn’t take the loss of one of your loved ones before you understand how serious this is!

Pierre LeBlanc, Vankleek Hill


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Louise Sproule

Louise Sproule has been the publisher of The Review since 1992. A part-time job after high school at The Review got Sproule hooked on community newspapers and all that they represent. She loves to write, has covered every kind of event you can think of, loves to organize community events and loves her small town and taking photographs across the region. She dreams of writing a book one day so she can finally tell all of the town's secrets! She must be stopped! Keep subscribing to The Review . . . or else!

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